Pin-tester *Recycling Old Candles*

Thursday, April 5, 2012


This week I tested out a pin that came from a blog called Happy-Go-Lucky.    

I was recently cleaning out the closet of my esthetician room, which is now getting transformed into the baby's nursery and realized I had a bunch of aromatherapy candles that were just taking up space.  I was about to toss them, but then I came across a great tutorial on Pinterest.  I knew this was a pin that I needed to put into action asap!  The original poster used candles in jars so I made a few little changes (I know I originally said I would follow instructions fully but I broke the rules) and I am pretty happy with how my new candle turned out.

I have made my own candles before, but this was so much more cost effective (love that phrase). 

What you will need:
  • Old candles
  • Candle wicks (you can find these at a craft store)
  • A large melting container (I used a giant mason jar that was leftover from this party)
  • A glass jar
Directions:
  1. I hammered up (Max was wondering what had gotten into me I think ha) my old candles so they were smaller chunks for easier melting. I don't actually know if this makes it easier to melt, but it made sense to me at the time.
  2. Boil a hot pot of water. Place the container filled with the candle chunks into the water and let melt.
  3. Place your wick in the other glass jar. When the candles have melted pour wax into glass jar.
  4. Trim wick once wax has dried and you have a new candle!

I love my new giant vanilla scented candle!  Plus...this whole project only cost me $2 (price of the wicks). I don't think I have ever seen a candle this big for $2, so I am pretty stoked about that!

Have you tested out any pins recently that were a flop or a success?  I would love to hear!

31 comments:

The Annessa Family said...

Very cool, thanks for sharing!

Brooke
www.MarvelousLoveBlog.com

Krysta said...

Love this! Pinning it now.

Weronika said...

I like this idea a lot! I've been thinking about making my own candles, this is definitely a good way to start :)

evdokia t. said...

very nice & easy idea! & great tutorial you made! thank you!

Brittany Dawn said...

I can't wait to try this!!

A Pretty Life in the Suburbs said...

What a great idea! I have little bits and pieces of candles that I just don't throw out (hoarder much?!)! I'm so going to try this!
Jo-Anna

Issy said...

I really love candles, where did you buy your wicks from? I want to make some of my own candles :)
Issy xox

Simply LKJ said...

Love this idea! Especially when you have several of the same that have only been half used!!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

I've been meaning to try this technique because I have so many half burnt candles lying around. I can't get myself to toss them bc candles are SOOOOO expensive nowadays! Glad you were happy with this project!

JM said...

Could you have just used the mason jar you used to melt the old candles as the holder for your new candle?

theolivetree said...

love it!

BellaGetsREal said...

Fantastic idea. I have some beeswax that I want to make into a candle.

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

JM- I tried that but the wick kept moving making it impossible to pour wax in.

Gail @ Sophisticated Steps said...

I'd say that is pretty fantastic. I have a slew of candles I could throw in! I like the idea of pounding stuff. Haha!

Caroline said...

Oooh I love this! It does seem like you typically only get 30% of a candle's worth out of the first burn-through. Your final candle looks amazing too!

Anna Elder said...

Awesome!! I'll have to remember this next time I have some left overs.

Alexa said...

Oh my gosh this is genius! Have I mentioned I love these Pinterest projects! Some really good ideas! I have so many old candles lying around.

Allison said...

I made a maxi dress last weekend from a pin, I really like it! http://allison-itsmylife.blogspot.com/2012/04/just-little-sewing.html

Hilliary@Brunch and Cupcakes said...

Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing! I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Terry said...

Fabulous idea. So glad it worked - love saving money and getting something neat in the process.

Miki's scrapbook said...

Great idea! I might try this one day ;).

Hope you're having a nice day!

Miki.

Sarah said...

So cool! I love recycling stufff. This is definitely a good one =)


- Sarah
A Girl In Transit

Lindsay said...

Super cool idea, now I am pinning this. :) Thanks friend!

J said...

Thanks so much for sharing!! If you don't mind, I'm going to feature this in my Saturday Sensationals post!

Andrea @ Strawberry Chic said...

What a great idea, my old candles usually end up in the trash...I'll have to remember this!

Mariana said...

Love this!!

Meg {henninglove} said...

i need to do this for an Easter decoration. Candles using egg shells at the candle holder, saw it on Pinterest. too cute, good to know I can melt down the wax instead of buying wax beads at Michaels, yay for saving money!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

What a great idea! I love the name of your series. :) I am going to have to pin this one. Megan

Tonia L said...

I've occasionally used old candles for making things. It seems like I always have some was leftover after the candle won't burn anymore!

Sheyb said...

Great idea! We used to make homemade candles from old candles when we were kids. :)

thickandsassy said...

did u add scent to the wax?

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