Melt Down Old Candles

Posted on January 22, 2008 by Allie

If you light candles in your house, you’ll know that there’s a point where there’s still wax left, but the wick is gone.  Recycle the wax and make new candles!

I’ve done this a few times before and it’s a lot of fun.  You can make new candles in jars, old tea cups, or small bowls.  It’s a great use for thrift store china, or your favorite mug that ended up with a chip at the rim.  It’s also a nice way to dilute the scent of candles that are a little too strong.

The way I melted down the old wax was a little fly by the seat of my pants, make it up as I go along, so I did a little digging and found real instructions for you.

Envocare has some very detailed directions.

Fabulous Foods has great ideas on scenting your recycled candles, and a neat idea for making fire starters.

CandleHelp has play by play photos of making votives and tea lights.

And here’s a candle craft that uses old crayons.  I remember this one from second grade.  I believe you can also use crayons to color regular wax candles.

Recycled candles make great gifts, but you might have a hard time parting with them.


  1. making candles is such a great way to recycle materials…you can use almost anything you have laying around to either be a mold or add to the candle for aesthetic benefit. once you’ve done it a few times and you’re comfortable with it all it is very easy to start tweaking things a bit…it is soooo messy though! your old newspapers and pots/pans get a good workout during this craft time.

    January 22nd, 2008 at 5:52 pm
    Comment by nicole
  2. Ooh! Nicole you added some great points! It’s a great way new life for old pots and pans, and you can add things like shells, stones, glitter, bits of old jewelry and other non-flammable things to your candles too.

    January 22nd, 2008 at 7:30 pm
    Comment by Allie
  3. can you make melts with recycled candles? can you melt down a new candle in a jar and would you pour onto cookie baking pans with side on it, let it get alittle firm then cut out with cookie cutters??could you do it that way???

    February 1st, 2008 at 5:28 am
    Comment by christy Ashby
  4. Christy, I’m not sure that would work- worth a try though!

    July 24th, 2009 at 4:57 pm
    Comment by Susan
  5. I had a few jars of scented candles and I wanted to get the jars clean so I could use them but the wax is very scented and I stopped using them because they were so strong they were giving me headaches so I didn’t wanna deal with the smells again. My mom use to re use her candles like this. I’m not a big candle person anymore.

    December 8th, 2009 at 4:13 pm
    Comment by mudnessa
  6. I go through a LOT of candles, writing pysanky (I use ordinary candles to melt the beeswax, and also to heat the beeswax again once the pattern is complete, so I can clean the finished eggs) and just liking candles. :)

    My husband takes the sawdust and chips we accumulate from having a woodstove, and pours them into the cups of egg cartons (from the pysanky). Then he pours remelted candle ends over the whole thing to make fire starters. We take ‘em camping, too, for the fires.

    November 10th, 2010 at 6:22 pm
    Comment by Stefka
  7. What a great idea to melt down old candles. I’ve done this before and you sometimes get great colours of mixing different wax.


    January 31st, 2011 at 4:46 pm
    Comment by jdevilliers

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