How can you repurpose bits and pieces of leftover candle wax?

I have whole lots of of leftover candle wax and would like to use it to make more candles.

  9 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 14, 2017

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Nov 14, 2017
    If you have all the same color, you can just melt it, add a new wick, and pour it into an empty candle jar. If you have different colors, the might melt and combine into a color that's not very pretty. You could try getting some candle wax dye/color at a craft store to see if that will give you a better color. As a last resort, you could use black, then decorate the outside of the jar with another color or even paint the jar. Good luck!

  • Karen Tokarse Karen Tokarse on Nov 14, 2017
    If there's not enough for a big candle, just pour the melted wax into a sea shell. Tie the wick to a pencil to suspend over sea shell until the wax hardens.

  • Emily Emily on Nov 14, 2017
    Yes, you could melt them all together or try to make groupings of like colors. You will need some wicking and a container to put candle bits in so you can insert the container into a pot of water you heat. You will have to pick out the remaining bits of wick from your melting candle wax. If I were making a candle I would find something I could use as a form for the shape of the candle and also something to hold the wick straight while you pour the melted wax around it. An old can could be used. If you grease the inside of it, you will be able to remove the dried candle shape. Also poke a hole in the bottom of the can, insert the wick and tie a knot around the bottom so it doesn't pull through the metal.

  • Twyla J Boyer Twyla J Boyer on Nov 14, 2017
    Clean out a reasonably sized cardboard container from cream or juice concentrate or something - a container you don't need to keep that can be ripped by hand. Quart size or less is good if you have a lot of wax, smaller if you have less. Cut it a bit taller than you want the candle to be. Spray the inside with cooking spray (just to make it easier).

    You can use 100% cotton string, but candle wick from a craft store is better. Attach something semi heavy to one end of the wick and a pencil or chopstick or skewer or something to the other end so that the weighted end hangs just about to the bottom of the container when the pencil is laid across the open top of the container. Set the container on or in something you don't really care about, like an old box lined with newspaper.

    If the old candle bits are colors that would blend well together (not too many different colors or you will have brownish-grayish candle), they can all be melted together. If the candle bits are colors that would not blend well into an attractive color, they can be melted separately and poured in layers. If you want to deepen or change the color (to a similar color family), you can use colorant from a craft store or broken bits of crayons. Bonus is that cheaper crayons actually work better as they have less pigment.

    To melt the wax, use a double boiler, which can be something as simple as a cleaned out food can set in a pot of water. You want the water around the can to be hot, but not boiling. The goal is to melt the wax, not overheat it. Once it is melted, pour the wax into the prepared container. The wax will harden as it cools. However, it hardens unevenly, so you either need to be somewhat vigilant in adding more melted wax as the area between the wick and the wall of the container shrinks, or you can pour in layers. (To have different colored layers, allow the bottom layer to harden most of the way before pouring the next layer.) If the candle is all one color, you can even out the top of it by letting it cool completely and then carefully melting the top in the oven on a low setting, but you have to really watch that so your container doesn't burn!

    Once the candle is completely cooled and hardened, rip the container off the candle and it is ready to use. If the sides are not as shiny as you'd like, you can polish them with a nylon stocking.

  • Rhonda Rhonda on Nov 14, 2017
    You can remelt it altogether and then put a new wick in there. Making sure to position the wick in the center! Depeding on the colors of wax you have left over, you could have a cool collage of colors or divide them out by colors and make smaller candles!

  • SE Gimenez SE Gimenez on Nov 14, 2017
    Thank you so much, Janet!

  • SE Gimenez SE Gimenez on Nov 14, 2017