- Leftover Candlewax
- Candle vessel/jar
- Pre-waxed wick
- Pouring Pot
I’ve been burning B&BW candles all winter. I prune myself in bathtubs and light candles in winter.
According the candle safety guidelines, you’re not supposed to burn a candle all the way down; you should stop at 1/2 in. But for a 3-wick BBW candle, 1/2 inch is a pretty decent amount of wax. It bummed me out to see how much I was wasting.
So instead of throwing out the jar, I decided to reuse the leftover wax and move it to a smaller vessel, leaving the sturdy jar free for all kinds of uses. (Pinterest had tons of ideas for reusing these jars)
I honestly take on these DIY projects whenever I’m mildly stressed or burnt out; it distracts me from how grim the weather is. (it’s snowing cats and dogs and reindeers)
1. Scrape out chunks of leftover wax from the 3-wick BBW jars. (This is easier if you leave them in the fridge overnight. The frozen wax will have fissures running through its body; all you have to do is insert your butter knife into the cracks)
These were chunks of BBW’s “Lavender” and “Midnight Blue Citrus.” This is enough wax to glean one small candle.
2. Prepare the cup. Press a small dollop of all-purpose cement/glue on the bottom of the wick and press it gently onto the bottom of the cup. Make sure the wick is placed at the center of the cup.
I bought the cute cup from Anthropologie, the “ETCHED BANDS HURRICANE.” It was $3.57 each on sale.
Wick, I bought on amazon. I’d recommend buying something else. These were too wishy-washy; they had no back bone, too feeble.
3. Melt the wax by double boiling. This was much like melting chocolate.
You fill a pot with water and boil the water. Rest the pouring pot in the boiling water and melt the wax. Avoid direct heat. Putting pan to stove may be too hot for the wax.
Pot was also bought on amazon.
4. Let the wax melt in low heat until it’s clear.
Then pour it gently into the prepared cup.
5. Make sure the prewaxed wick stands straight in the middle. Use pens to prop it up if necessary.
It’s okay if the wick is too long; you’ll have to trim it anyhow.
6. Let it stand.
The leftover wax from my two candles were just enough to fill this cup.
7. Enjoy. This personally was the perfect size for bath candles. I like lighting this while taking a bath.
The 3-wick jar now may be used to other purposes, such as storing q-tip, candies, hair bands, and other miscellaneous knick-knacks.