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I recently shared a mini tutorial on my Instagram showing how I upcycle old candles into new ones. I received almost 30 DMs asking various questions about which products I use and how. Besides sharing on IG, I decided the best way to show my process is through a blog post, so here it is!
I’ve been doing this for years and it’s the easiest and cheapest thing ever. Scroll to see how I turn my old candles into new ones!
I usually only do this once or twice a year – whenever I burn at least 6 candles down to the bottom of the wick. When you look at the amount of wax left in the bottom of the jars, you’ll be shocked at how much goes to waste. It kills me to throw away expensive amazing-smelling wax!
To begin, I gather all the candles and decide which colours/scents I’ll be mixing as well as which jars will hold the new candles.
This handy little tool is a candle warmer. It’s reminiscent of Scentsy – kind of a hot plate for melting wax. This specific warmer was $5 CAD at Michaels, but you can find them almost anywhere.
I simply place a candle on the warmer and wait for it to fully liquify.
Fun tip – these warmers can also be used to reheat or keep coffee warm!
The only other item you’ll need to upcycle your candles is new wick. I purchase mine on Amazon and get 50 extra long wicks (perfect for all sizes as they can be trimmed) for about $5.
After you’ve liquified your old candle, pull out the old wick base using a plastic fork or spoon. Stabilize a new wick in a jar (You can purchase special tools for this, but I use whatever I can find) and pour the wax. Simply repeat the process with all of your old candles until the jar is full!
After the wax has set, trim the wicks and you’ve got brand new candles! The new candles aren’t always pretty, but they’re totally functional. So easy, right!?
What do you do with your leftover candle wax? Let me know in the comments!