Giving Your Old, Melted Candles a Makeover!

We lose power quite a bit in the PNW and our candles get a lot of use. They must not burn evenly, because the tops end up looking like creepy, Halloween candles! I'd rather look at "pretty" candles, so I gave mine a makeover!
Do you have candles that look like this? Don't throw them out! Give them a quick and easy makeover!
Before Christmas, I found this beautiful birch bark wrapping paper at Pier 1--I bought it specifically to "wrap" my old candles and to make some Christmas ornaments.
Just measure, cut and wrap your candle--adhering with double stick tape. I also embellished them with leftover ribbon, burlap, string, tags etc. to tie in with Valentine's Day.
Obviously, I won't light these any more---flame, paper, not such a good mix! But I also "wrapped" all our battery operated candles so we're ready for the next power outage! Check out the full post for an extra, super easy "snow day" or "Frozen" craft!
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  • Marjorie J. Benke Marjorie J. Benke on Jan 19, 2017
    So what's the point of having candles you can't burn just sitting around? Why not melt the used candles, pour the melted wax, (insert wick) in a glass container, and then wrap the glass container holding the candle, which would be safe to light and long as the wrapping paper wasn't above the top or "lip" of the glass container.......

  • on Apr 19, 2018

    I have alot of used floating candles from my daughter's wedding. Is it ok to melt them down an poured into a glass container?

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  • Yay, Jayne!! I actually saw the same paper at my local Homegoods, but anything would look great. Merry Christmas!

  • Vickie Vickie on Jun 09, 2017
    This is a wonderful idea! I decorate for church banquets, showers, receptions, parties etc. and candles are usually only burned a couple of hours. Once the candles are used then stored some can have slight to not so slight damage to the edges and sides and this is the perfect camouflage for the next event. And it will save a ton of money for us because the paper can be changed for each event, color, theme, whatever! No more white only, slightly damaged candles! This is truly huge and solves a lot of decorating problems I have of what can I use to cheaply make 25+ pretty centerpieces for the numerous events. Thank you so very much for the inspiration, I can't wait for the next event!