Making More Homemade Candles and Recycling Candle Jars and Containers

I've posted about making my own candles twice already on Budget Barbie and I hesitated to do another one because it's the same process each time with minor differences for the size of the jar, etc. but as posts get lost in the archives, I suppose it's always a good idea to remind people that they can do this.

It's fun, it's creative, it's easy and it's a great way to get continued use out of those candles you already own and are now empty.

I'm going to paste the instructions from my previous post on how I got the last bits of wax from the old candles.  If you've read my other candle-making posts then you've already read this one;

I immersed in in a pan of hot water on the stove top and over 'low' heat, slowly warmed the container until I could pour the tiny bit of wax remaining, into the trash.  I used a rubber scraper to remove it all, took out the leftover metal disk from the wick, and then washed the container in hot soapy water. I also did this with a couple other small candles I had from Bath & Body Works too.

Using the same soy wax flakes and wicks I ordered from Amazon, and used to make my homemade candles, I followed the same steps more or less to 're pour' new candles into my old candle containers.

  • Using the clean, dry container, use a dab of hot glue to adhere the metal disk to the bottom.
  • Insert the disk/wick with your hand or use a straw (see photo).
  • Melt the wax flakes in a glass container in the microwave for about 3 minutes, stir well, continuing to melt as you stir until smooth.
  • If you are using an essential oil fragrance, add it now. I used 'rain' and 'lavender' in mine.
  • Pour into your container.
  • Use your choice of items to stand the wick straight during the hardening process.  Some use clothespins, foil with a hole poked, lids with holes, etc. I opted to use a couple chopsticks.
  • When set, remove the wick holders and you have a new candle.

Using a straw to insert the wick easily on the hot glue dab

Chopsticks hold the wick in place during the set up process

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And the candles I just recently made:

I ordered a bunch of essentials oils from amazon last summer to have 'on hand' to make
last minute candle making easy since I have all I need stored
in my craft armoire.

Candles I've received in previous years as gifts keep 'giving' as I refill them
to make new ones!