Take one box of old candles that are burned too low to light again.
Scrape out the wax.
You can combine similar colors, or mix it up. You can always adjust the color later by adding candle dye if you like.
You might also want to combine similar scents. Since I usually gravitate to “food” scents like apple, vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin pie, etc, those blend well. (If you’re not recycling from strongly-scented candles, you might need to add more scent as you may “cook” the scent out while re-melting the wax. Add scent at the last minute. The candles I was recycling were strongly-scented, so I didn’t add any more scent. They came out smelling nicely spicy! Like I was baking ten different things in my kitchen at the same time.)
Be sure to separate out all the old wicks and tabs.
Old jars can be repurposed, too. After being scraped out well, they clean up easily with a little hot soapy water.
Re-wick your clean, dry jars. Place salvaged wax in a double boiler and bring to pouring temperature. (See How to Make Container Candles.)
Check out your mystery color. I used a spoon to dip some wax out and let it dry a few minutes so I could see what color it would be when it set up.
I didn’t like it that much, so I added a bit of red candle dye.
That’s more like it!
Pour candles, supporting wicks while candles set up, and topping off as needed. Look at all these virtually free candles!
This is the price I like to pay for Yankee candles.
Along with using repurposed jars, I used some other things from around the house. This is a little toothpick pot that goes with my set of “Texas Wildflower” hand-thrown stoneware.
This making candles thing is dangerous if you’re a candle addict like me. If I keep up at this rate, candles are going to take over my house. There will be candles towering in stacks along the walls, piled on every table, usurping good jam space in my pantry. Clover may have to give up her goat house for candle storage. Maybe there’s some help for this. Some kind of medication. I’m in trouble here!
Candle-Crazy in West Virginia
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P.P.S. Also see So You Want to Make Candles–Basic Supplies to Get Started and Fun with Container Candles.