Candle Making From Old Candles

| 12/7/2012 2:54:50 PM

GretchenMy grandmother was a great keeper of stuff.  When my Aunt cleared out her home they found important things: like old certificates and papers, unimportant stuff: like unread mail and newspapers, and a few gems like a jar full of knitting needles and a whole bunch of old broken candles.  This bundle of broke candles made their way into my home, where they've been waiting patiently for a bit of inspiration from me.

Homemade candle 

Broken Candles
Old broken candle can be reused to make new candles  

A few weekends ago, Dave and I decided to have a date night at home and gave candle making a try.  Isn't this what everyone does on a Friday date night?  If you don't happen to have a supply of broken candles, look at yard sales, or other places for candles people don't want.

We started by melting the candles down in reused jars inside a large pot of water.  Be careful when melting old candles that you are using the same kinds of candles (don't mix the wax type since they can melt at different temperatures) We tried to keep similar colors together, and added more candles until the wax reached the top of the jar.  Ideally you would use a taller, narrow container, since these jars were just tall enough to dip a small candle.

Melting Wax
Melt wax in old jar or tall containers in a pot of hot water  

12/8/2012 8:24:06 PM

Gretchen, welcome to the GRIT blogging community. Candles are quite mesmerizing to me. There's just something about a dancing flame in a dark room. They can be very practical when the lights go off. I usually melt them down and pour the melted wax into a used candle jar. Some of the jars have decorations that enhance the flame inside the jar. Have a great candle making day.

Heather Jackson
12/8/2012 1:41:34 AM

I adore the candle, it looks like you lit a carrot! :-) It makes me happy.

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