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Ever burn a candle and then have a bunch of leftover wax in the jar or container? You can still use it! In this post, I`ll show you how you can get the most of your candles by using and making your own!
1. Burn A Candle
Burn one of your already existing candles. If you`re lucky and your candle burns perfectly, you won`t have any wax left over. However, a lot of candles tend to burn oddly and leave a bunch of wax built up around the sides. Allow your candle to burn its way to death (enjoy them as they are meant to be enjoyed, after all!) and then get ready to use the leftovers!
2. Remove The Metal Wick Stand
Most candles will have a metal stand at the very bottom to hold the original wick in place. You will need to remove this piece (see second picture) in order to get to the next step.
3. Melt Your Leftover Wax
You can do this a couple ways. If your original candle was in a glass jar, then by all means, leave the wax in there. If your original candle was in a plastic casing or holder, then I recommend scraping it out and placing it in a container that can withstand some heat. Melting the leftover wax itself is pretty simple. I put mine in the microwave for about two minutes! You can see in the third picture the hunks of leftover wax I melted!
4. Pour Wax Into Container
The container you pick is important because this is actually what your candle will burn in. I actually used a heavy duty plastic cup (the Chinet brand ones). I chose this one for a few reasons: 1) It was readily available to me in my cabinet, 2) It is the perfect size for a candle, and 3) Its shape allows for a good burn. The amount of wax you melted may determine which container you want to use. Now, some people may be alarmed by the use of plastic (because it can melt), but the trick is to use heavy duty plastic - not something flimsy. This cup held up perfectly even during burning!
5. Let The Wax Coagulate
The next logical step is to inset a wick, but before you do that, you need to let the wax coagulate, or harden, a bit first. If you pick the wick in while the wax is still completely liquid, the wick will fall right over.
6. Insert Your Wick
After the wax had coagulated a bit and is hardened enough for a wick to be inserted and stand straight, it`s time to insert the wick into the wax. I recommend using twine or rope as a wick. Make sure it`s not a material that has chemicals, though, like nylon. I used just regular thin rope and it worked absolutely perfectly. (Check the fourth picture!) Leave the wick with a good amount of length peeking above the wax.
7. Allow Candle To Set
With the wick inserted and standing straight, it`s now time to wait. You can put the candle in the fridge to speed up the hardening process. I just left mine overnight so that I could burn it the next day.
8. Burn Your New Candle!
Once your candle is hardened completely, it`s time to light the wick! Don`t worry about the extra length of the wick sticking out - this is to make sure the wick actually burns and will burn down to the wax with some heat in it already. If the wick is too short, it`ll burn out before reaching the wax. The wick should maintain a nice flame once it reaches the wax and then, BOOM, you have a candle! Mine burned very nicely for a few days! It was great to reuse the wax that my original candle didn`t `reach` as it burned. It was like getting 3 candles out of 1!
I`ve done this with a couple of my candles so far and it works great! They make great gifts, too! You can even buy the wax squares and melt them if you don`t have any leftover wax to recycle with.
Let me know if you have any questions - or if you attempt this yourself! It`s a great LuuuxWeeklyDesignComp project and very simple! :)
*Images are all my own!