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DIY Wednesday: Candle Revival!

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.

Candle revival supplies

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.

Bring 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.

boil and melt candle wax

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.

replace spent wick with new wick

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.

Candle revival complete

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?

Burns bright once more

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!

Michelle

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4 Comments

  • Angela Wilkins

    18.10.2011 at 10:38 Reply

    This is a good iedea, could you also use a warmer burner instead of boiling water?

    • Michelle

      18.10.2011 at 17:24 Reply

      I’m sure you could. I would think that it would be a slower process this way however. Would make your home smell great while it was melting the wax though.

  • Jesse

    22.01.2012 at 19:16 Reply

    Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I have a much easier solution for candles that end up like this. Put the whole thing in the freezer for awhile (maybe a day,) and then when you take it out of the freezer, just use your finger to loosen it a little. It will come right out in one piece, no mess.

    • Michelle

      22.01.2012 at 21:53 Reply

      Jesse, while that is a great way to get the left over wax out of your candles jar, I wanted to extend the life of the left over wax here so melting it down and slipping in a new wick allowed me to get several more hours out of it. Thanks for the suggestion though.

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