How to Recycle Candles

This project cleared up space in my cabinets and I was happy to reuse and repurpose my unusable candles. It takes time to allow the wax to cool, so be sure you have time to wait. I worked on different projects while going back to this one.

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  • Old Candles
  • Glass Jar (I used an old pasta sauce jar)
  • Wick
  • Large pot
  • Newspaper
  • Spoon or stick
Image copyright Lindsay Ann Loft.
Image copyright Lindsay Ann Loft.

Wrap the wick around the spoon and position the metal tab in the center of the jar.

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In a large pot of boiling water, place the jars in the pot to melt the wax. If the water enters the jar it will ruin the wax, so keep an eye on the jars.

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After the wax has completely melted, gently pour it into the jar, keeping the wick in the center. If you spill the wax on the side of the container, like I did below, take a knife and scrape down the inside. You may want to fish out the wick from the old candle so that it doesn’t fall in.

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Allow the wax to cool and harden for 45-60 minutes and then repeat the process. You’ll layer the wax so that as it burns you’ll experience each scent.

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The candles I used above are Apple Cinnamon, Gingerbread, Farmer’s Market, Macintosh Spice, and Christmas Eve.

I’m saving the jars to reuse in other projects, one in particular being hanging lanterns for my patio. The cost of this project was relatively cheap I only purchased the wick from my local craft store for a few dollars.

Let me know if you try this and how well it works for you!

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