- Mason jar
- Used candles
- Cutting board
- Candle wick
- Recycled tin can
- Scented oil (optional)
- Oven mitt
Step One: Prep your candles. Gather your old candles and cut them in small pieces on a cutting board with a knife. For thick candles, cut the candle by shaving layers off of the candle in a downward motion. Set the pieces aside in a bowl.
Step Two: Prep your candle holder. Wrap the top of your wick around a pencil so that the base of the wick touches the center of the bottom of the mason jar and the top remains straight up and down in the center of the jar. Candle wicks can be purchased at any craft store.
Step Three: Fill your saucepan halfway with water and boil over medium heat.
Step Four: Fill your tin can to the rim with the small recycled candle pieces and place it into the boiling water. A tin can is the perfect size to fill a small 16-ounce mason jar. You can add small amounts of wax as it melts to fill the can. The weight of the candle wax will anchor the can into the saucepan. Allow the wax to melt which is approximately 15 minutes.
Step Five: Once the wax is melted add five to ten drops of scented oil, if desired. Carefully lift the can with an oven mitt and pour the candle wax into the mason jar holding the wick and pencil secure in the center.
Step Six: Allow the candle to dry for several hours or overnight and then cut the wick. Decorate the mason jar with ribbon and fabric, and add a gift tag.
Considerations: Be careful when mixing different scents and colors. Make sure that if you choose to reuse scented candles that the scents are similar or complement one another. In order to test the color, simply place a toothpick into the melted wax to see what color it will be once it is dried. To tint the color of your wax, consider using recycled crayons to melt into your wax solution.