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3 Ways to Re-Use Old Candles

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3 Ways to Re-Use Candle Wax

My husband loves scented candles. That might sound weird, especially since he’s a really masculine dude, but he likes to burn candles in our office. I have to assume its because now that he’s married, he thinks people won’t think he’s weird for burning scented candles. It’s ok though, you won’t tell him I told his little secret, right?

Scented candles are great, but they can get expensive, especially for the larger ones. And when you burn them, often times there’s SO much wax left behind. I wanted to find a way to use up the wax from our scented candles, so I came up with 3 ways we can reuse the candles and turn them into something awesome.

leftover candle wax

1. Wax Melts

If you have a wax warmer, you can melt down the leftover bits of candle wax and pour them into the warmer or make a mold. The wax is gently warmed and the scent is released. This is a great way to use up the remaining wax without a lot of fuss.

2. Make a New Candle

If you have enough wax you can make a new candle using candle wicks available for just a few dollars at most craft supply stores. You can also take several candles of the same scent (I used Cinnamon Vanilla and plain Vanilla for this candle) and mix to create enough wax to fill the candle jar.

3. Make a Layered Candle

If you have several candles with complementary scents, you can layer them into one new candle! We tend to choose scents that are similar or that go together, like vanilla and fruity scents, or vanilla and peppermint for example. You can put the wick into the jar and melt down each candle, layering the different waxes for a fun new scent.

To melt down the old candle(s) you’ll need a hot water bath. My pot wasn’t deep enough, but it was the only one not in the dishwasher at the time.

melting candle wax

Make sure you use protective goggles, just in case the jar bursts. It should be able to withstand the heat of the water, being that it holds a burning candle, but you never know…so safety first! Also, use potholders when removing the hot glass jar from the water. This should be obvious, but I am just putting it out there as a reminder…just in case.

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When the wax is completely melted, take a drop out and put it in the center of the new jar. Use this to “stick” your wick to the jar.

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Pour the melted wax carefully into the new jar, and use pencils or skewers to hold your wick centered and straight until the candle hardens.

how to make a candle

Let your candle cool completely before handling. If you’re attempting to layer different scents, you will want each layer to cool before adding the next to prevent them from mixing.

That’s it! It’s really quite simple, and since jarred candles can be pricey, you’re making sure you get the most for your money.


You can re-use the same candle jar, or a smaller candle jar. I had this dollar store glass votive candle holder that we saved from our wedding tablescapes, so I melted the wax and poured it into the votive holder. It was the perfect size for the amount of wax we had leftover. You can see the tablescape in action at our wedding below:

So that’s it, in total the process took 10-15 minutes to melt and another minute or two to pour and center the wick. Older kids can help with this project too since its simple. Just be careful around the hot wax.

how to re-use candle wax

What’s your favorite way to re-use candle wax?



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