• Morgan Pegnone

Repurposing Old Candles + Making Them New Again!

Hello again everyone!

During the holiday season, I’m always looking for a yummy smelling candle to burn. As I’ve been collecting various candles for years now, I’m starting to get to the bottom of most of my candles. Due to the wick and the remaining wax, I have a hard time keeping those candles lit. To help fix this problem, I’m going to melt down the candles and pour them into a new container with a fresh wick. If you want to see how I did it, keep on reading!

What You’ll Need:

  • Old Candles

  • Glass Containers (I used these)*

  • Fresh Candle Wicks (I used these)*

  • Stovetop Pot w/ inch or two of water

  • Super Glue

  • Tape

  • sticks (I used a cut-up skewer stick + Toothpicks)

*Disclaimer: the links above are affiliate links, meaning I may make a small commission if you choose to use these links. This just helps to support my website + me so I can make more content for you all. :)

How To Repurpose Your Old Candles

Prep The New Candle

Apply a small amount of super glue to the bottom of the new wick. Place the wick in the center of the candle and hold the wick to keep it straight and upright for about 10-20 seconds.

While letting the glue set, Ill begin to warm up the candle on the stovetop. There are several ways to heat the candle wax but I prefer this method. (You can always use a mug or candle warming plate if you want other options).

Next, I secure the wick by taping it around a stick to keep it upright. I cut my tape in half to use one strip to create a loop on the stick. (see below). The second picture was a variation of different techniques to see what worked best for me.

Once the candle has been prepared, it's time to melt the wax in the old candles

Melt The Wax

Warm a pot of water (2-4 inches) with the candle over low heat on the stovetop. Depending on how much wax is left, it will vary how long it will take to melt.

Once the wax has melted in the candle, carefully pour the warm wax into your new prepped container.

Let the wax sit for about 15-20 minutes (this will vary depending on the sizing of your candle) then it will be ready to use!

red, orange, green, and two yellow small candles from a birds eye view in small amber candle jars with the wick attached to sticks to set

red, orange, green, and two yellow small candles from a birds eye view in small amber candle jars

What I love about this project is that, if you love the smell of a candle but not the container, you can make it tailored to your personal style. Since I prefer more earth tones, the overall look of the candle fits our interior design more. Plus the candles are smaller so I can place them in bathrooms and other places with not as much storage.

amber candle sitting in a window seal next to a succulent in a light grey pot

As your working with hot wax + super glue, please be careful to avoid being burned.

I know today’s post is a short one but I hope you enjoyed it!

What types of crafts do you like to make? I'm hoping to make more fun DIY projects this upcoming season.

Thanks for reading today's article. What are other projects you would like to see? Leave a comment below!

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Until next time,

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