Transforming Old Candles (DIY Wax Melts)
Hey Flower Buds!
Can you believe it’s almost August?! Whew, where did summer go?!
Anywho, let’s talk candles! If you’re anything like me, you have a bin full of candles that you enjoy lighting frequently; but when the candle gets to the end, you're left with burnt out wicks and wax still remaining in the jar.
If that’s not quite you, then I know I’m not alone in saying: I hate wasting money!!
After my candles are finally burned out, I see all of this yummy scented candle goodness left over, and I had to figure out something to do with it because throwing them away was no longer an option!
So stick around and I’ll show you a super simple way on how to transform that leftover wax into wonderful wax melts!
Here’s what you’ll need:
1. Old candle(s)
2. Plastic spoon
3. Oven mitts
4. Cooking pot
5. Silicone mold (Amazon, Michaels, JoAnn)
6. Parchment Paper or Wax Paper
7. Dish soap
8. Goo Gone (optional)
9. Wax burner
Fill your pot about a quarter of the way with water and turn the stovetop to low/medium heat
Once water begins to warm up (no need to reach a full boil), with the lid removed, place the old candle jar(s) in the pot
After the wax is completely melted, remove it from the water with oven mitts (if the jar/container is too hot)
Using a plastic spoon, remove the wicks and toss
With parchment or wax under your silicone mold (to catch any drippings, because I definitely made a little mess), pour the hot, melted wax into the molds and let sit for 10-15 minutes to naturally harden back up.
Remove the labels from the old candle jar(s) and clean. I found that Dawn dishsoap (or the Target brand!) and Goo Gone worked wonders!
Remove your newly created wax molds from the silicone and place in one of your empty candle containers (or any air tight container you may have laying around). The empty jars could also be used to store hair items such as rubber bands, hair ties/scrunchies, or bobby pins; makeup brushes, crayons/makers/colored pencils, earrings, bracelets, flowers, and more (the options are truly limitless)! The newly created melts can then be used with any wax burner you may have (or you can easily purchase one from a local store).
And that’s it! Told you…easy peasy!! So for all you candle lovers out there, I just gave you more time with those yummy scents…you’re welcome!!
Until next time…keep blossoming!