Reusing Candle Wax to Make New Candles
A great way to save money or make creative gifts is in reusing the candle wax that has already dripped off another candle. By doing this, you can come up with some unique new candles that are scented, colorful or just simple and practical. Reusing old candle wax is a very good project for both those wanting to save money or for kids on a rainy day.
Step 1 - Collect Wax
For this project, you will need at least 4 to 5 ounces of used wax. You can be saving up for this project, or burn down a few candles beforehand. Scrape the old wax with a butter knife of small scraper. If you are storing the wax, keep it in a dry, cool place in a plastic bag.
Step 2 - Break Up Wax
To begin reusing your used wax to make a new candle, break it up into smaller pieces. Use enough to fill the votive holder that you have. To determine the right measurement, fill a Pyrex measuring cup with double what you need. For instance, if you need 2 ounces of melted wax, fill the cup to the 4 ounce line.
Step 3 - Melt Wax
Melting your used wax is as simple as just placing it in the microwave. Do this incrementally to make sure that you do not overheat the wax. If it gets too liquid, it will take more time to set up or lose its properties all together. Heat the wax at 30 second intervals.
Step 4 - Mix Wax
Take out the wax and stir it. Continue heating and mixing until it is melted. Keep in mind that the Pyrex glass is going to be very hot. Use an oven mitt and a stirring stick to handle the cup and stir the wax.
Step 5 - Add Scents
Once the wax has melted, it is a perfect time to add the scented oils. Choose your favorite scented oils and pour a few drops into the wax and stir it for 30 seconds.
Step 6 - Pour into Votive
Once the scented oil has been mixed into the melted candle wax, you can begin pouring into the votive holder. Carefully lift the Pyrex cup with your oven mitt and center it directly over the votive holder. Keep in mind that if you pour too quickly, it will run down the side of the Pyrex instead of in the votive.
Step 7 - Insert Candle Wick
Once the wax is poured into the votive holder, it will begin to cool off quickly. When there is a skin of wax on the top, you can carefully insert the wick into the middle of the wax. It should stand up straight. If not, wait a few minutes for the wax to harden some more and try again. After it cools completely, your candle is done.