Easy Candle Upcycle

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How many of you have candles that look like this?

I have an entire shelf of them hidden behind picture frames!

So in an effort to declutter and get a little things organized before we decorate for the holidays I decided to take these ugly things and make brand new layered candles.

This was such an easy project to do.  I can’t believe I never did this before.

All I needed to get were these wicks from Michael’s and one new glass container.  I decided to get a new glass container because it was only $1 and I needed something clean to pour the first candle in.  Then you can start cleaning out the old ones and reusing those glass jars.

Step 1:  Melt your first candle down completely.  I put mine in a pot of boiling water.  It only took about 5 minutes for the candle to turn to liquid.

Step 2:  Place the new candle wick in your clean jar.  I wrapped it around a popsicle stick so it wouldn’t fall over.

Step 3:  Pour melted wax into new jar.  Let cool completely.

Step 4:  Once the first layer of wax was completely hard, I melted the next candle down on the stove and poured it over the first layer.  Repeat with one more layer or until your glass container is full.

Step 5:  Cut the wick.  Burn and enjoy your new candle!!

I tried to combined scents that complimented each other.  One candle has a layer of sparkling vanilla, apple spice and toasted cinnamon spice.  The other one combined my summer scents:  caribbean salsa, strawberry shortcake ad island colada.

Now I’m off to steal I mean collect old candles from my neighbors so I can make more!!

Did I mention how nice your house will smell from melting the wax on the stove?  I hope you have fun creating your own upcycled, layered candles.

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  1. i hate all those candles that dont burn right.
    save your money and buy candles at ourowncandlecompany.com….They burn down to nothing, no waste and are only $8 a candle versus $25 for the Yankee Candles, smell great, lots of scents and you can wash the mason jar and use as a mug.

  2. Dag nab it! I just threw out all my old candles and the trash truck already came or Id be dumpster diving!!!!!! grrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

  3. Greetings from Washington State! I poured “new” candles using your method, even buying the wicks from Michael’s, but the candles won’t burn. The wick burns down to the wax, then it fizzles out. Any idea what I’ve done wrong? Help, please!!

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  8. I love Yankee Candles..just bought a new one for my guest bathroom vanity yesterday called Sea and Sand and before you burn it, it does take on the scent of the Sea, sand and suntan lotion..once it burns it has a strong perfume fragrance. The little lampshade that goes on the jar is made of like pearlized shells. very pretty.

    I am not interested in melting candle wax or making more but if all the original wax has been burned off, why couldn’t you wash it really good, get rid of all the smoking soot on the jar and use it to store something like candies after it has been washed up really well? Sort of like an apothecary jar?

  9. I have been saving wax from old candles in a plastic bag for months and I reuse the jars to put tea light candles in for my patio. I never really thought of layering right out of the original container, gonna have to try that – thanks

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  11. To make use of my old candles..I just found out that my gravy boat warmer fits a Bath and Body Works 3 wick candle perfectly. So I now warm my candles that can no longer be burned with my gravy boat warmer! And the gravy boat and warmer was only $6.99 or so maybe $10 at the most at Aldi!

  12. Has anyone had trouble with the candles they’ve made from un used wax not burning? I made votive candles with wicks I bought from Hobby Lobby. The candles start to burn and then pool the wax all in the middle and they go out. Why would that be? Do I need a different type of wick?

  13. Hi there I saw this on Facebook I also do this but how do you get rid of the burnt parts in the bottom of the candle? Thank you love your blog!! 🙂

  14. I Have The Same Issue . I Was Wasting My Time Making Candles That Would Not Stay Lit . I Also Would Like To Know The Answer To Your Question .

  15. I save these candle jars and use them for storage of kitchen goods rice things like that or for hobby items. The left over wax is easy to remove, Cut with a knife in fours and the pieces come right out , I then soak with vinegar to take any smell from candle out Then I wash out by hand then run through the dishwasher ready for use.

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  17. Exactly the information I needed. I am several years late reading this, but I too am cleaning for the holidays. I haven’t tried making candles since, well rather not say. A long time ago. I did it near fa sink ans spilled lots of wax down the drain. What a mess. Daddy, Help. Lesson learned and remembered well. Can’t wait to get started on my old candles this time. Have a Merry Christmas.

  18. I have been saving wax to reuse but wasn’t quite sure how to do it. I saw this and thought i’ll save it and eventually try it. Well…I tried it and I absolutely LOVE it!!! The process is so easy and inexpensive. It also allows room for creativity. Thanks so much for sharing.

  19. this but I line a cupcake pan with paper cup cake liners and the poor the melted leftover wax in those and cool. I turn all my jar candles in the little tart warmers that way. Just don’t over fill the paper cups.