Recycling Candles into New Candles

I’m in the process of making Christmas gifts, including recycling candles. You can do this too. It’s easy!

Be sure to save all those candles that won’t burn, burn halfway and fizzle out, and/or get dirty and worn. To remove candles from glassware, stick you candles in the freezer for a few hours. The wax will shrink. Sometimes you’ll find the wax will just fall out of the container. Other times you’ll have to cut pieces away. Use a sharp knife, but be careful not to injure yourself.
Recycling Candles
What was old can be new again. Here is what you’ll need to make new candles:

  • used candles
  • jars or other glassware
  • candle wick
  • wick tabs
  • an old double boiler

(1) Fix your wicks and tabs together. There will be instructions on one or both of the boxes that those items come in. You can find both at any craft store. Cut your wicks so that they rise 2-3 inches above the top of the container. Later when the candles are dry, you can cut the wicks to the appropriate length.

(2) Gather your candles.

(3) Melt the wax of one candle or several types of wax in the double boiler (you should have at least two inches of water in the bottom portion of the double boiler). Do not leave your double boiler unattended. I kept similar colors together. That’s probably the best bet, unless you want muddy-colored candles. If you don’t have enough of one color to fill a container, you can layer colors. Wait until the first layer settles and drys before adding the second layer and so on. This process also layers scents if you’re using scented candles.

Melted Candles(4) Pour the melted wax into your containers. I used a metal skewer to keep my wick centered.

(5) Let your candles dry thoroughly. I left my candles out on the counter for a few days and then I cut the wicks (this image does not reflect the finished product). My finished wicks were about 1/2 inch.

See how easy it is. You try it!Candles dryingRecycled Candles - good as new

8 Replies to “Recycling Candles into New Candles”

  1. Hi Angela,

    I’m not sure if you mean they caved upon cooling or caved upon burning.

    Regarding caving while cooling – I’m thinking this can be avoided by pouring the wax in jars in steps. Say, you want to have 5 inches of candle wax in a jar. Pour in an inch, let it cool completely before pouring another inch.

    Regarding caving while burning – usually candles with large diameters burn only down the center if there is only one wick. Quality candles with large diameters have more than one wick to create more even burning. Additionally, more natural candle material (e.g., soy candle wax) burns more evenly than less natural material.

  2. I made a bunch of recycled glass jar candles and they all caved in at the center : ( Any ideas why or what I can do to avoid this?

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