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Day 16 ~ Recycled Candles

Ever have candles that don't seem to light well (or stay lit)? How about all the candle wax that is left over after a candle runs out of wick? As you may know, I don't like throwing anything away that could possibly be useful. I'm also cheap frugal so I don't like spending money on "extras" (candles really aren't a necessity) but I do love candles. Solution? I make my own candles.  
Top Photos: Collecting my materials. Old candle jars, jelly jars and even a salsa jar! 

Middle Photos: Chopping up a candle that would never light and pulling the wick - melting the recycled wax - holding the wick in place by wrapping it around a wooden spoon.

Bottom Photo: Completed candles.
Many home candle makers would suggest covering your work surface....as you can see I didn't bother with this step. Clean up would have been much easier if I had taken a moment to cover the counter with a piece of wax paper. 

Years ago I invested in a "wax melter-pourer" thingy(probably not the correct name). This sits inside a pan (one that I use exclusively for candle making). I buy wick at Jo Ann Fabrics or Michaels craft store (I've read about making your own wick but I'm not to that stage....yet).  I've had that stack of candles horded in the basement for a few years now. 

Not pictured: Essential Oil ~ use more then you think you need. A LOT more. I wish I would have because really isn't the scent the best part of the candle? 
My new candles in a salsa jar and a jelly jar. 





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  1. That's a fabulous idea! And they are lovely! Thanks for sharing with repurposed ideas weekly.

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  2. Beautiful candles. What an excellent frugal idea!

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  3. Thanks, Ladies! They really are so easy to make.

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  4. What a clever idea! Hi, new fan here and I'd like to invite you to join us at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week if you can make it. http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/11/clever-chicks-blog-hop-7-country-craft.html

    I hope to see you there!
    Cheers!
    Kathy
    The Chicken Chick

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  5. Thanks for the invite, Kathy! I'll head on over. :)

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  6. What a great idea! I have half-used candles all over the house and hate to throw them out. I'll try this!

    Bonnie
    www.HungryChickenHomestead.com

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