Easy Candle Upcycle Tutorial

I love candles. I used a lot over the holidays and I usually would just stick the candles that wouldn’t light anymore into a closet until I could figure out what to do with them. Well, I finally rounded them all up and upcycled them, and now I have a brand new candle that smells amazing.

I went to Hobby Lobby and got a few wicks for about $2 and this candle glass. They were on sale for 50% off so I only paid $1.25. You can get these items at any craft store. 
I just put the wick in the glass and it stood on its own, but when you melt the candle wax, you can use a little at the bottom and let it cool so the wick will stick straight up and stay up once you add the hot wax.

I put each candle in a pot with simmering to boiling water. Depending on how much wax there was to melt, it took anywhere from 10 minutes to 25 minutes to melt completely. Bonus: It makes your house smell so good!
Pour your wax into your new glass and let it cool until it hardens. By the time the next candle melted on the stove, the wax had hardened enough for me to pour the new wax on top. You want it to be hard enough that the hot wax doesn’t melt the previous wax. You are trying to create layers. 

This candle was made with all of my holiday scents, so they went together well. I will be putting together my fruity scents next time. I never knew it was so easy and I am so happy with the end result! 


  1. Anonymous says

    Great Idea! Or you can use a candle warmer/hot pad and it is a flameless way to use up that last little bit of candle.

  2. says

    I love this idea. I sell Gold Canyon Candles so I have so many with that little bit of wax in the bottom (because of our safety wicks). I’ll be giving this a try.

    Thanks for sharing and have a scent-sational day.

  3. says

    I can almost smell the candle burning…I’m imagining vanilla and cinnamon :)

    I have also saved my candle remnants to make my own pine cone fire starters for gifts! But I like this idea even better. Thanks for sharing

  4. says

    What a brilliant idea, and what a great gift this would make-thank you!
    I’m so glad you dropped by and I really welcomed this contribution last week to the Seasonal Celebration Linky- a great collection of seasonal recipes, homemaking, crafts, homeschooling and motherhood thank you so much!
    Seasonal Celebration is live once more, so feel free to pop over and join this wonderful celebration of creative talent! http://naturalmothersnetwork.com Rebecca x

  5. Anonymous says

    so sad to see this! I just threw away about 6 candles yesterday! haha. next time though, next time

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