Green It Yourself: Candles

I have always enjoyed using candles to create a nice mood in the evening, but there is always some wax left over after burning them. This craft gives you a way to recycle used candles and make them into new ones.


What you will need:

  • Old candles
  • Wick base (you can get this from the old candle)
  • Cotton string
  • Scissors
  • tweezers

Disclaimer: Before starting this GIY, be sure the candle’s container is made of material that can be reheated (i.e. glass).


Step 1

Step 1:

First, we need to melt the candles. You may put the glass candle jar directly into the pot, and put it on medium heat. It will take no more than 5 minutes to melt down the entire candle.


If you don’t have a pot or the oven, a microwave could also work.


Step 2

Step 2:

Take the wick base out of your old candle, remove the remaining wick, and replace it with the cotton string. By holding the cotton string, carefully attach the base onto the bottom of the glass candle jar which filled with melted wax with some tweezers.


Step 3

Step 3:

Now we just have to wait for the candle to cool down. You might want to place the jar into the ice water to speed up the process, but it is completely optional.


Step 4:

After the first layer is completely cooled down, we can go ahead and pour in another layer. Repeat Step 3 and Step 4 until we fill up the candle jar.


Step 5

Step 5:

Once the wax hardens, we need to trim the cotton string to about a quarter inch above the wax. And then, we are done!


Created by Tianai Chen

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