DIY: Candle Recycling

Here’s what happens. You’re shopping and you get an amazing smelling candle, probably in a beautiful container. You take it home and burn it non-stop until one sad day it won’t stay lit anymore when there’s plenty of wax inside! The dilemma: this candle was expensive, you don’t want to throw it out. It smells so good! The simple solution: recycle it! You probably have a zillion unused jars at home, and wicks are very cheap online.

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I had bought two of these babies on sale at Anthropologie, because they smell fantastic. However, both sadly died after only 2/3 of the wax was gone due to the large amount of space around the wicks. Today, I decided to get my money’s worth. Here’s how it went:

First task: Getting the leftover wax out and removing the wicks

This wasn’t as difficult as I expected. I was able to pry the wax out with a butter knife and two of the four wicks actually stayed glued to the bottom of the tin, meaning the rest of the wax around it just sort of sprang free.

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Second task: Melting the wax and securing the new wick.

Melting is easy, just make sure you stir a lot, and keep the temp on low. To secure the wick, I dipped it in the melted wax, and then adhered it to the jar. Another site I had done research from told me this worked… To keep it up straight, I tied twist-ties to the wick and used a hair-tie to keep the twist-ties secure. I’ve seen better ways to do this, but I didn’t have a popsicle stick, tooth pick, or a string. What kind of an art teacher am I?

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Third task: Pouring 

Pour at a steady pace. Unfortunately, my wick came unstuck and I ended up spending a few minutes holding it in place until it could rest on the bottom by itself. It’s not perfect, but it will work. Next time I will superglue the wick to the bottom of the container. Too bad that other blog led me astray!

When it’s cooled, you can trim the wick to about a half inch above the top of your wax. I imagine if you had a lot of room left in your jar, you could even do a second scent above the first.

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This took about 30 minutes start to finish, and if not for my wick troubles, it would have been even less. Not bad considering I have a full new candle again! Have you ever done this? How’d it work out?

Lydia Jane

In my kitchen:

Mason jars


Non-stick cookware (makes clean up a WHOLE lot easier)

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