No one wants to be wasteful, and the more use you can get out of an item, the better. The same truth applies to candle making, and there are dozens of ways you can upcycle and recycle your supplies. Part of the fun of candle making is being creative. Here are a few ideas of ways you can recycle and re-use everyday items in your candle hobby.
Melt the residual wax out of the candles to use again. Just like that little bit of soda you can never get out of the can, there tends to be that bit of wax that simply won’t burn out of a candle. But, you don’t have to waste that wax. Melt it out of the jar, or use a spoon (if it will reach) to scoop the wax out of the jar. You can use it as is or add a different dye to change the color – you can simply add this to your next batch of candles, or save it until you have enough to make something hodge podge. Candle wax won’t expire, so you can do whatever you want.
Hack 2 Save jars, coffee cans, containers, or even coffee mugs and tea glasses for your candle making. Little coffee tins, coffee mugs, bowls, and tea glasses are just a few of the containers you can use for your candles. Jars are classic and easy to use, but if you have a container that can withstand the heat of the melted wax, you can use it to make a candle. Mason jars are also a great option for candle making – they are classy, inexpensive, and you can buy them in bulk. Try getting a variety of shapes and sizes for your candles, and find which you like best. Second hand stores are a great place to find mugs and dishes to use for candles. You can even find a variety of mason jars here if you keep an eye out - and they are inexpensive.
Hack 3 Check out thrift stores for candles with the intent to recycle them. Speaking of thrift stores, you can also find a variety of candles there – you can enjoy them as they are, of course, but why not take the opportunity to get some inexpensive wax for your own candle making? Melt the wax out of the candles and use them in your own craft, then recycle the jar the candle came in for some of your own candles as well. The only thing you won’t be able to reuse is the wick (unless you are very careful removing it, but it oven breaks), but as you know, wick spools and wick kits provide more than enough wicks for your candle making needs.