Easy, Inexpensive Candle Making


Candles are ridiculously expensive. However, in just a few easy steps you can have your very own custom candles in any shape, color, scent etc..
-Using leftover candle wax from burned down candles.
-Collect candles (from thrift stores)
-Once you've save a generous stash (remove any decoration or shave off decor if not desired.
-Simpy shave and or breakdown leftover wax into icecube sized or smaller pieces.
-Using a double-boiler or one pot sat inside another that has about an inch of water. (I place a metal cookie cutter between the two pots just as a precaution should the water evaporate.
-slowly allow candles chunks to melt down.
-Candle wick and accessories can be found easily at craft stores.
-Attached wick to bottom of desired container (possibilities are endless)
-Carefully pour (I use an old glass measuring cup) melted wax into container.
-Secure wick to center by wrapping wick around a pencil, popsicle stick, sckewer, etc... and set aside to harden.
-Wax WILL sink in center. This is normal. Once hardened, using a pointy strong object (capable of inserting into hard wax) carefully, insert object just short of the bottom of the candle.
-Fill holes and center slowly until level with rest of outer wax.
From leftovers to wickabulous.
From leftovers to wickabulous.
Thrift store stash -Before
Thrift store stash -Before
Vice grip breakdown
Vice grip breakdown
Great way to take out a little stress, as well. :) **Save the wicks whenever possible as this will reduce the cost even more.
Great way to take out a little stress, as well. :) **Save the wicks whenever possible as this will reduce the cost even more.
Bye bye candy decor..
Bye bye candy decor..
Ordinary cheese grater (thrift store)
Ordinary cheese grater (thrift store)
Yummy!! I can almost see my candlelit, bubble bath already. :)
Yummy!! I can almost see my candlelit, bubble bath already. :)
Breakdown tools. Chisel; hammer; cheese grater; etc.. etc... Lots of options
Breakdown tools. Chisel; hammer; cheese grater; etc.. etc... Lots of options
For this candlemaking session I used an old thrift cast pot, and camping coffee pot (makes pouring a breeze).
For this candlemaking session I used an old thrift cast pot, and camping coffee pot (makes pouring a breeze).
Let's have a meltdown.
Let's have a meltdown.
Not necessary, but does help regulate. Personally, eye-balling it is just as easy.
Not necessary, but does help regulate. Personally, eye-balling it is just as easy.
Unsinking the sunk'n
Unsinking the sunk'n
Nothing left to do but repour to fill and level. I usually do this after a day of hardening.
Nothing left to do but repour to fill and level. I usually do this after a day of hardening.

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  • C. D. Scallan
    on May 20, 2017

    I like the point about stress relief. When I break up old candles, I put them in several plastic bags (layer for trauma) on the lawn and wack with a hammer.
    Also, hang onto the thermometer. The ideal pour temperature is 180F. Wax does have a flash point and will catch fire at about 220F.
    I enjoyed the post. Have fun with it. I love making candles.

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