How to reuse your old candle scraps and make new candles

The winter season is upon us and for me that means burning a lot of candles. I like the coziness of a lit candle in the evening. However, I always replace the candles when they are almost burned down, which leaves me with a bunch of candle scraps.

reuse old candle wax and make new candles

I think it is a waste to trough them away so I keep them and then reuse the candle leftovers to make new candles when I have enough.

The easy way to reuse the candle wax is to hold onto one of the candle containers you get with some candles.

For the wicks I can usually find a candle scrap with the length I need or else I tie them together to form one long wick. If you don’t have long enough candles wicks, they are easy to buy in any craft store or online.

For the candle project I use the following materials:

  • Candle scraps + wicks
  • Steel container for melting the wax – just like this one
  • A pot filled with water
  • Wooden stick
  • Glass container – you could make it look like a more expensive candle with a container like this one

To make the new candles all I do is:

  1. Pour water into the pot and bring it to the stove. Place your steel container into the pot and place your candle scraps inside of the container. Use your wooden stick to stir the wax every now and then until the wax has completely melted.
  2. Wrap your candlewick on a wooden stick and place on the glass container, so that the wick is centered in the middle and then pour in the hot wax.
  3. Let the wax harden and then trim down the candlewick and you have yourself a new candle.

How to reuse old candle wax and make new candles





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6 thoughts on “How to reuse your old candle scraps and make new candles

    1. Hi Kathy,

      I usually place the candle jars into a pot filled with water (not too hard of a boil), like you would for melting chocolate 🙂
      the wax will slowly melt and then you can pour it out, or soak it up with some paper towel.

      And when I have removed all I can with the paper towel, I will rinse the jar with some dish soap and warm water to make it look new again.


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