How Recycle Old Wax Candles in to New Ones!!!




In this Instructable I will show you How to recycle old candles that won't burn properly or that just look messy!

Difficulty :Medium

Time: 30 mins - 1 hour

Cost: Minimal

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Step 1: You Will Need...

Remains of Wax Candles (Broken up)


Candle Moulds (Plastic)

Tin Can's (To melt the wax in)

Oil Based Essence / aroma

Wicks(you can Use old wicks from large broken candles or use birthday candles)


Step 2: Fill You Pan With Water and Begin to Boil!

Fill your pan half way with water and place on the cooker hob and bring to boil


Be careful not to spill the water as boiling water will burn you!!!

Step 3: Fill You Tin Cans With Your Boken Up Wax

Take the remains of the candles, place in a bag and break apart using a rolling pin into small chunks.

Remove all visible impurities including the old wick bases and the wick,If the Wick is long enough, then keep it aside for future candle making.

Step 4: Begin Melting Your Wax!

Turn the heat down to low and place your tins into the water holding, if they float take the tins out and pour some water away and repeat until the tins sit on the bottom of the pan, then leave the wax to melt.


Do not place wax directly into the pan ,as due to the flammable nature of the wax it can set alight.

Step 5: Place Wicking to Moulds

Take the mould and place your wicking inside of your mould in the center and secure with glue or a drop of wax

Step 6: Adding Aroma/colouring Your Candle's

To add an aroma to your candle you need to use an oil based paint /aroma otherwise it will not mix with the wax, here I don't use a colour but use citronella (I plan on using these outside to keep midges away)

Step 7: Pouring the Melted Wax

Now once your wax has melted you can pour it in your moulds! if you use wax too hold your candle in place you might need to support it with something to stop the wick falling over!

Step 8: Use Your New Candles!

Once your candles have cooled and have set you can now use them! and you should be able to smell your aroma if you used one. Enjoy!

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    7 Discussions

    MuBoks Stuffzaza133

    Answer 1 year ago

    You can add as much or as little oil as you like, if you want a strong smelling candle add more drops or if you want a more suttle smell add less.


    2 years ago

    When I used to make emergency candles I used old mop string for wicks.It burns well and costs nothing. You can get hundreds of wicks from one old mop. If you find they burn too fast you can dip them in melted wax and twist them tighter, or twist more strands together for a larger wick. Just a suggestion.


    4 years ago

    I was thinking the same thing and it's good to know that Citrinella repells Midgets as well as mosquitoes:)

    2 replies
    Uncle Kudzu

    4 years ago

    Cool! Very clever to use the bithday candles for wicks. Thanks for sharing!