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D.I.Y. Homemade Candles

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Another item I often see going to waste is candle wax.  When a candle (particularly a pillar) burns down, there is usually a good amount of wax leftover that gets tossed into the trash.  At my previous place of employment, they burned large pillar candles.  The round ones were about the size of a basketball.  But even with 3 wicks, the flame would only burn a relatively small hole straight down, leaving copious amounts of wax on the sides to go unused…wasted.

What could one do about this?  Make candles of course!  Our local Michaels craft store just happened to be going out of business at that time and allowed me to grab a few candle making supplies for extra cheap.

You will need:

  • wax
  • wicks
  • glue gun or tape
  • wick centering tool (chopsticks or two pencils works too)
  • melting pot (do not use your good cook ware!)
  • stockpot (go to the dollar store for a cheapy or look on Freecycle!)
  • candle mold or candle container (old glassware perhaps)
  • dye (optional)
  • scent (optional)
  • Thermometer (helpful but not necessary)
  1. Break the wax down as small as possible.  Cut it, smash it, drop it, hammer it…but do it outside because it will make a big mess trust me!  You can skip this step but the melt time will take longer.
  2. Put the wax into the melting pot
  3. Put the melting pot into a stockpot that already has about 2-3 inches of water in it.
  4. Heat on med-low until the wax is completely melted, stirring occasionally to break up the large chunks.  Ideally you are looking for at least 170 degrees or more to insure that all the used wax, scent and oil is melted together.  Do not go much over 200 or you could risk something bad happening!
  5. At this time you could add the coloring if you wish.  Stir to combine.  We like ours clean and white.
  6. Take the melting pot off the heat and allow it to cool.  While it is cooling, you want to add the scent at the final moments before you pour the wax into the mold.  Ideally a lower temperature around 130 degrees.
  7. While the wax cools, glue or tape a wick to the bottom of your container.
  8. After the wax has properly cooled, pour slowly and steadily into your container, trying not to create a lot of bubbles.  Fill to within a half inch of the rim of you container.
  9. Place wick in the centering tool.  Or tape two pencils together with the wick in between them.  Carefully adjusting it so that the wick looks fairly straight.
  10. Allow to cool overnight for at least 24 hours.
  11. Burn and enjoy!
Hmmm, I left out one critical detail…

…one person drinks wine while the other does ALL the work!
! We also sell candles !
More details to come in a future post.  But if you want more info now, just drop us a note and we would be happy to fill you in with all the fine details.
*We do not assume any responsibility for your actions.  Different types of wax, scents, wicks and coloring have different and variable flash points.  Please do your research to learn about the possible dangers of making and burning candles at home.  Not appropriate for kids.  Please do not let your candle burn unattended or burn for longer than 3 hrs at a time.   Please be smart and practice safety first*