|New Candles, New Tarts, and come extra containers!|
|Love this Target candle, but I hated that I couldn't get to the |
bottom of it! That is a lot of wax!
I had a lightbulb moment when I was walking through Michael's and saw wicks for people who make candles from scratch. I started saving all my "used up" candles. Once I had quite a few (basically an entire winter's worth), I got to work.
|The fruits of my labor doing it the hard way!|
|This still needs to be melted and get a wick!|
|See how the candle wax has melted and turned clear?|
|This is the liquid from three "used up" candles. They combined to make half a |
new candle for the price of one wick and some of my time..
|This is after the first liquid wax has been poured in. I didn't worry about|
debris in the wax, but you could strain with cheesecloth if it bothers you.
|The fruits of my afternoon's labors...|
|A tart! The oils in the candle make it easy to pull the liner off the cooled wax.|
One other thing, to do this, you'll need a clean container ready to become a candle before you've even melted your first bit of wax. If you don't have an old one handy, try using a mason jar or some other little jar you've got laying around. You can even use votive holders. This is really a frugal project.
A note: Once you've poured all the liquid wax from your container, most likely you'll be left with something that looks like this. While it is still warm, it is easy to use a long fork to pop the old wick base out of the container and it will bring most of its adhesive with it. If you're planning to reuse the container as a candle, then you're done. If you're going to use the container as something else, you'll need to use Goo Gone or some other adhesive remover to get the last little bits of glue.
|The used up wick is held in place by adhesive you'll want to remove|
before you repurpose the container, but not if it will be another candle.
So, don't throw away your old candles...save a few and get more life out of them and have a little fun while you're at it. You can even make layered candles if you'd like...just cool your layers before adding the new wax.