Make: New Candles Out of Old Ones

Tuesday, November 20, 2012





Luckily I created this post before I broke my toe, so this week won't be entirely filled with posts about said toe and my movie marathons.  Thanks so much for all the movie recommendations! I love Midnight in Paris, one of my faves and my Fisher hasn't seen any Hitchcock either. So I am definitely putting those on my/our movie watching list (yes, i am playing the sympathy card to force my teenage son to hang out with me on the couch). Anyway . . .

This is a project I always take on around the holidays. It may be because I have a habit of burning candles day and night (especially in the fall and winter) or that I am trying to focus buying for others and not myself. I buy a lot of candles and my favorites can be on the more expensive side, and while they burn pretty well there is always left over remnants -  sometimes a lot. Somehow I ended up saving them several years back (my inner hoarder perhaps?) and one day I decided to try to melt them down to get a second life out of them - it worked. I have been saving them and making new candles out of them since. It also gives me an excuse to buy pretty new little dishes and vessels to hold them in.

What you needWicks and wick tabs, double broiler (i just use a regular pot and a metal bowl that i got at the thrift store that fits inside it with the edge over the lip of the pot), candle remnants, candle holders (little cups, bowls, you name it), chopsticks (several of the kind that are still joined together and one single stick). *If you don't have the awesome collection of take out chinese food chopsticks that I do you can use single chopsticks or kabob sticks and join two together with a rubber band on each end.



Measure your wicks so that the tab is flush to the bottom of your holder and the wick is about one and a half inches above the rim. Set aside.
Put water in the bottom of your pot and turn stove on to medium heat. Break up candle remnants and let melt. You can stir them around while you wait with your single chopstick (that's what i do). You can also pull out any weird things you might find in your melted wax with the tip of your chopstick. 

Slowly pour melted wax into your container.

I use my single chopstick to make sure the tab is secure in the middle. The wax gets sticky pretty quick when it hits the container so a little poke and it should secure it into place. Then just set aside and let them cool down. These make a really simple little holiday gift too. If you we know each other in real life, you have probably been on the receiving end of one of my frankenstein candle creations before.


21 comments:

  1. I'll make sure I save the little bits of wax hehehe

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  2. Your new old candles are pure beauty!
    I used to make these all the time when I was younger, just 5 years ago. The result was a mess everywhere: even now I've got a little wax on a sheep skin and on a favorite pair of wool stockings:))))))

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    1. uh oh! i think taking photos while doing this actually made me more careful to not be messy - maybe you should try that method, hehe. xo

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  3. Nice project! Would you know how to make scented candles? I want to try this! :P

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    1. yeah, you would follow the same process just buy meltable wax, you can get soy wax bits at any craft store and get some candle oil scents and just add it while the wax is melting - so easy!

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  4. Ah! I love! I've been pinning candles onto my Pinterest hoping to one day make them. Yours are super cute in the beautiful white ceramic!

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  5. Your new candles came out beautifully! I had a bag full of old candles, that I had saved for years but I think I threw it out when we moved into our house because I never got around to making candles. Your post motivates me to give it a try when I have saved enough old candle stumps (is that a word or did I make it up?)...

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    1. thanks, i definitely had a few candle stumps myself (officially a word now!) one was like 3 inches tall where the wick just disappeared : / it's really easy, much easier than full on candle making - plus no real investment.

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  6. That's so genius! Do you use scented candles? I'm curious as to how the smells would mix together. I'm a Crazy Candle Lady (totally) but I buy a lot of fun scented candles (french baguette, anyone?) so I don't want to create some Frankenstein scent that kills someone or something, haha. I LOVE how creative you are, and the photos are amazing. So dreamy and sharp! I hope your toe feels better soon! Cheer up, sad toe! xo

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    1. i am a fierce creature of habit so i buy the same scents as my standards over and over - those are usually the bits i save because i know that i will be able to stock pile enough to make a recreation. i also sometimes mix em up mostly because i just want to be done with the project and not save the last few scraps, so i will mix em. sometimes they turn out really good smelling, others not so much. french baguette sounds like a perfect candle scent! and thanks, i think my toe is turning a corner today and is finally on the getting better and not getting worse side of life :)

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  7. This is crisi's idea!!!I love it!!I will recycle my old candles and make new!!!Thank you girl!!
    xaxa :)

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  8. I love this! The wax looks so pretty. Also following up on Erin's comment, french baguette is the best candle smell in the world.

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  9. This is a really REALLY great idea!!


    How in the world did you break your toe?

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  10. Hi Christine, so sorry I haven't stopped by sooner to let you know you won the ecosoap giveaway. Can you send me your email address and mailing address to trustyourstyle@gmail.com and I'll try and make sure that they get in touch with you so that you get your beautiful soap very soon. Congrats! {and so sorry to hear you broke your toe!}

    xoxo Mary Jo

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  11. Yep, this is definitely the kind of project I need for my Christmas break as we have somewhat of a candle graveyard going on in my house! Sorry to hear about your broken toe! Ouch!

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  12. These are so cool - you really managed to round up the nicest containers for them.

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  13. This is such a great idea and so clever, Christine. Just think of all the candle remnants I have wasted because I simply threw the "finished" candle in the trash.

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  14. I never even thought to save that little bit of extra wax. Now I'm thinking about it! Did you combine wax according to the color or the scent?

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