I love making something from nothing, or at least something that costs us nothing. Our friends are kind enough to endure our yearly candlemaking and candlegiving tradition, and we boast about the fact that these candles are all made from the wax scraps friends and neighbors share with us.
Here’s how it’s done:
- We take old candles, or the lumps of wax left over after you’ve burned yours out, and turn them into new candles, recycling the wicks and all.
2) Using a hammer on a wooden board is our preferred method for chunking out candle wax, but we also create our own colors of melted wax, pour it into a brownie pan, let it dry and then hammer the 1-2 inch wax into pieces.
3) We have candle moulds in many shapes and fill them with chunks we create out of the used candles. Be sure to remove the wicks from the old candles and any burned parts.
4) We use wicks from old candles that we melt down and recycle them as wicks for our new candles and string the wicks into our moulds.
5) We then melt down a contrasting color of wax from saved old candles to pour into the moulds around the colored chunks. A drop or two of an essential oil can provide some aromatherapy for those in the room when your burn your new candle.
6) Let your mould sit overnight to solidify and cool. In the morning, pull your candle free from the mould.
6 thoughts on “Handmade Candles, Sharing Economy Style”
Awesome! I’m doing this. I use candles all year and it bums me out to throw away the bottoms. Thank you!
That’s great, Anahata! I can’t wait to see the results.
Is that round mold a dryer duct?
Hi Jessica. Nope, it’s a round candle mold that I acquired from a friend.
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