diy: candle making

A couple of months ago I found this link on Pinterest. It’s a great way to reuse unburned candles. You know, the inch of wax at the bottom of the candle that you can’t get to light anymore.  Since then we’ve saved all of our candles and we finally had enough to try it. We removed the wax by throwing the candles in the freezer for a bit and it comes out pretty easily.
wax_chunks We sorted it by color and complementary scents in oven safe ramekins.

wicks_glue_dots We used these wicks and double-stick circles to adhere them to the bottom of the glasses.

melting_wax We put the ramekin in the double boiler.

liquid_waxwax_spill It melted easily but we quickly realized that pouring from the ramekins was rather difficult… We ended up using a Pyrex measuring cup with a pour spout with better results.

candle_successWe didn’t have as much wax as we thought we did. We reused old votive glasses and the blue one on the right was in the coffee creamer container.

pinterest_failThe only one that we attempted to use ice (like the original tutorial) was a total failure. I guess the ice pieces were too big and it cracked everywhere when it cooled. Eventually I will get around to remelting this one and making it without the ice.

Even though it didn’t turn out as we thought it would, we had a lot of fun making them!

Have you ever tried candle making? What was your experience like? Let me know in the comments below!

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2 thoughts on “diy: candle making

  1. They still turned out pretty! I’ve always wanted to make candles for christmas gifts, but it never happens! It will be my goal to make some this year
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks! We did intend to give them as gifts but we didn’t make as many as we thought. It was really fun, though, I would recommend trying it. I would love to get fresh wax and experiment with scents and colors. :)

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