“ The greatest wealth is to live content with little.”
Sometimes when out shopping on bargain days thrifting I will come across huge candles for $1. The candles are burned half way or a little beat up but they can be repurposed by melting them down and re-jarring them. This is the first time I did this project I am sharing with you all so I will be including my mistakes too. It’s all part of learning new things. These actually came out really pretty. I did this project for Easter gifts but they can be used for any holiday. A simply and pretty little hand made gift for friends and family.
You will need:
Wax from old candles to melt down.
Wicks- you can pick up wicks at most hobby stores.
Dried flowers & decoupage glue (optional)
Empty clean glass jars.
Double boiler- ( I just used two pans with the smaller one in a large pan of hot water to slowly melt wax)
This is what I had before (photo below). Just piles of old candles to turn into something else. You will need to break your old candles up. That’s the hard part. I had my husband chop chunks from these candles because I was having the hardest time doing this. Remember this is my first time making candles from old candles so I am sure someone out there has a better way of doing this.
Once the chunks were small enough to melt I got out a small pot and placed them into the pot then added that pot to a larger pot full of really hot water that was simmering on the stove. I bought the smaller pot that held the wax second hand too. It was also $1. When trying something new, please buy used items to practice on first. Don’t use your good pots and pans for crazy craft projects that may ruin them. I am sure you already know that but just in case, I’m just passing on some good old fashioned mom advice.
After the wax had melted I added it to empty glass jars. You can use any glass jar. I found some really pretty mason jars at the dollar store that had different colored flowers on them. Another jar I used was an old salsa jar. You can always paint your own designs on plain glass jars using acrylic paints or glass paints.
Before you pour the wax into your jars make sure you have your wick in place. To keep it from moving tie to a spoon. Or you can dab some hot glue to the bottom of wick to hold in place.
Also add your scented oils in when wax is melted so the fragrance is all through the candle when you burn it.
Another thing I experimented with was dried flowers from my garden.
I wanted to have some flowers showing through the glass so I decoupaged a row at the bottom of one jar and after it dried I poured wax into the jars.
I spent about $5 in old candles to repurpose and was able to make several candles, about ten candles.
I had a coupon for the wicks when I bought them new. The scented oils I already had here in my home. I used to work in a lotion shop that sold a lot of items for aromatherapy. As long as you store your oils in dark bottles inside they will last a long time. If they are pure oils that is.
All in all I spent less then $10 for several really pretty candles that I made in my kitchen. The fragrances I used were fruity fragrances. My daughter took one as soon as she smelled how pretty they were. We love scented candles in this house but they can run from $10 and up for each candle.
Okay, now for the mistakes…
You will have to keep adding wax as it dries and cools. The centers all were hollow after they cooled down.
It was a fun project but it had it’s difficult moments like cutting old candles into chunks to melt, that was hard. I suppose I could have just popped the whole candle into the pot to melt slowly but I got impatient…oh yeah, that’s another thing, it takes a long, long time to melt. Maybe I was doing it all wrong but it still turned out pretty. Here they are finished…Happy second hand repurposing everyone.