Property renovation, lady builder, interior design, landlady life
As much as I love pillar candles, the way they burn unevenly down the middle leaving a thick ring of unused wax on the outside drives me potty. Our draughty hearth in Moregeous Mansions permanently has candles alight & you know how I hate waste….. well, here’s a little tip for something to do on a chilly Sunday afternoon – make some new candles out of the scraps!
To get the maximum amount of heat from our hearth candles, I keep them trimmed down and cut the tops off with a knife whilst the candle is burning and the wax is soft. Over the winter, I’ve saved all the wax scraps and burned down remains in a box, seriously, this below is just a fraction of them
….and, with a few hours to kill this afternoon, decided to get candle making! I started by melting my wax scraps on a very low heat in an old pan which has a side pouring spout for more carefully pouring the melted wax liquid. I mixed my white & cream pieces together then did some blues and browns, and but you can obviously mix and match according to what you have. Do not boil or overheat your wax and add scented oils if required whilst the wax is liquid.
As holders for my newly recycled candles, I used the saved Ikea candle glass holders which I keep for tea-lights in the garden during summer, but you can use more decorative glassware or crockery according to your own interior design style. I couldn’t believe our scraps made the twelve new full candles you can see below in just a couple of hours – fab!
Yes, I wore an apron and was very careful but still managed to get wax all over the kitchen surface so would definitely lay out an old tea towel and have that as a pouring surface next time. The most awkward bit was getting the wick to stand upright so I ended up using wax to help bond the side of the wick to the pin before I poured the wax in. Might get some of the double ones which actually grip the wick for next time as they look to be a bit more stable
One tip is to hold the wick and dip the little metal end in your melted pan of wax then pop it immediately into your glass or pottery holder so the metal base seals instantly & centrally in the right place, rather than use sticky paper or holders. Also I forgot to tap the candles and allow for air settlement so mine have sunk a little but I don’t care! Very happy with my afternoon’s ‘work’ and really pleased I didn’t throw away all that wax!