So, I’m one of those people that doesn’t like to throw stuff away, and I LOVE candles. So whenever a candle melts down to where it doesn’t burn anymore, I get out a butter knife, and get all the remaining wax out and save it. Over time, this adds up to a full jar. I keep the wax in one of the larger candle jars and add to it as I use more and more candles. The glass jars themselves get washed in boiling water and reused.
Here’s how to save the candle wax and jars:
- Get as much of the wax out as you can with a butter knife or other tool and save it
- Boil some water
- Fill the candle jar with the boiling water to the very top and let it sit
- Once it’s cooled, the remaining wax will be floating on top, save that with the other bits
- At this point, the jar is pretty much clean and I run it through the dishwasher
- For stubborn stickers, I soak the jars in hot soapy water to help remove them
You can reuse the glass jars for new candles, or store other things in them! The glass looks nice and neat as a storage container. The lidded ones are great for storing things like spices, provided you run it through the wash a few times and make sure they’re squeaky clean and free of whatever scent the candle used to be. I just let them through a few dishwasher cycles after following the steps above.
Now to the fun part! Once you have enough candle wax saved, you can melt it down into new candles. Upcycling! Yay! Fancy terms for reusing stuff and reducing waste!
- Place your glass candle jar with the bits of old wax into a saucepan or other stove pot.
- Fill the pot up with water as far up as you can without it spilling over or getting into your candle (like if it’s a smaller jar)
- Set it on the stove on medium-high to boil, then turn it down to simmer
- Prepare your candle jar(s):
- Get however many candle jars you think you will need, just eyeball it. One large jar made me 3 small candles
- Clean and dry the jars, and set them on some old newspaper on the counter or other surface
- Glue some candle wicks to the bottom center of the jars. I used these ones for my small candles. (Here are some taller ones)
- As the wax melts, when you have a good amount of it melted, add some essential oils of your choice and mix with a butter knife. I went with this Lilac scent. Some other great scents you can use include Rose, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Strawberry, Peach, Mango, or even Ocean Breeze.
- Very carefully remove the jar from the water bath (I use a rolled-up kitchen towel, as seen below) and pour the wax into the prepared jars, making sure the wicks stay straight up and center
CAUTION: The jar will be very hot!
NOTE: If you have trouble keeping the wicks in place:
- Use a string to tie to the tip at the center,
- Place it across the jar to keep the wick straight
- Tape the string to the outside of the jar
- Pour in the hot wax
- Place the unmelted wax in the jar back in the water bath until you run out of wax or out of empty candle jars (you can always re-melt it again later)
- Let the candles cool, and you’re all set!
CAUTION: Please please please, be VERY careful with handling things in this how-to, they get very hot. The water is clearly boiling, the glass heats up and can burn you, and clearly the wax is HOT HOT HOT. Just please use common sense and handle things with care. Good luck and happy upcycling!
NOTE: The links to the products in this post and others are the ones I personally ordered and used, and are my favorite. You are of course, welcome to purchase them from another source, or try a different brand, but please ensure you read some reviews first, and get quality, organic ingredients, for something you will be breathing in.