Candles. Love the smell. Love the look. Hate the cost. It’s so frustrating when you fork out your precious Moolah on a candle and it burns unevenly leaving you with plenty of wax and no wick left. Throw it out? Nevah!
This recently happened to us where one of our candles got all lopsided and the last of the wick got used up. At first I thought about trying to chisel the remaining wax out and use the glass jar for some other craft purpose and then I thought, “No! there’s still plenty of good candle burning goodness in there, let’s just fix it!”
So I grabbed my candle and a spare wick from a cheapy votive floating around in my junk drawer and headed to the kitchen.
Not pictured are the other items you’ll need. A pot of water and a long stick like item. I used a bamboo skewer.
First fill you pot with water until the water level is just about even with the wax on the sides of your candle container. Turn on the heat.
As your water boils, the remaining wax inside your container will begin to melt. You might also see some floating remainders of ash and burnt wick floating around. This is where your skewer or long stick come in handy. Use the end of your skewer to remove the old wick base. A lot of times there was some sort of adhesive sticker that kept this wick in place when it was first being poured. Though it’s clear, don’t forget to fish that out too (burnt plastic smells awful). I was able to use the pointy end of my skewer and poke it right into the hole where the wick once was and fish it out with no problem. You can also try to get out any large debris that may be floating around in the wax with the flat end of your skewer.
Once your wax has completely melted and the old base has been removed. Carefully retrieve your candle out of the pot of water and place it on a protected surface. I set it on a paper towel on top of a pot holder.
Here’s a tip on removing your candle from the pot: If your candle was like mine and had wax deposits almost all the way at the top of the glass container, you had a lot of water in your pot. Carefully drain some of that boiling water into your sink first before you reach in (with a pot holder or some protective covering), tilting your pot ever so slightly that the water drains out but your wax does not. Lowering the water level this way should make retrieving your freshly melted candle much easier.
Next, carefully place your new wick in the center of your container and let it settle all the way to the bottom.
When you’re all through and she cools down and hardens, your newly melted and wicked candle should look something like this. Don’t worry about any bits of stray wax that are built up on the sides. The wax here is so thin that a prolonged burning of your new candle should heat the glass enough to melt it down.
There’s nothing sweeter that a project coming through for you and if that sweetness smells like the yummy scent of Vanilla Bean, all the better, am I right?
So maybe before you go to toss an old candle the next time, you’ll grab a spare wick and give that baby an extended life. There WILL be a Candle Revival!