I love candles and always have a couple lit around the house with scents to compliment the season (I’m on a big Hot Buttered Rum kick lately!) If you are a candle person as well I am sure you have experienced the frustration when a pricey candle from Yankee or Bath & Body Works stops burning short of the bottom of the jar, leaving useless wicks and a significant layer of unused wax remaining. Here is a surprisingly simple and inexpensive technique to transfer remaining wax and enjoy your favorite candles down to the last drop.
- Hang on to your candles that stopped burning until you have about three or four with scents that would complement one another. I used variations of Cinnamon & Clove Buds, Warm Vanilla Sugar and Hot Buttered Rum for this tutorial.
- Get a small vase or empty votive. I didn’t have any on hand and purchased two of these inexpensive vases from Michael’s.
- You will also need a package of small pre-waxed candle wicks.
- Fill a medium saucepan with about one to two inches of water, and place the candle jar in it. The water should meet the top of the layer of remaining wax. Boil the water until the wax completely melts (it took about 10-12 minutes for my candles to melt).
- Once the wax is melted, take one of your wicks and carefully dip the base in the melted wax.
- Immediately place the wick in the center of the votive or vase that will house your new candle. Use popsicle stick or toothpick to adjust the location of the wick if needed. Allow a few moments for the wax to harden.
- Carefully pour the melted wax into the votive. Position the wick to your preference and use a fork to hold it in place while the wax hardens completely.
- Once the wax is completely hardened, repeat the process with another candle with a layer of unused wax, pouring a new layer over the first. Repeat until you reach the top of your votive. Allow the new candle to harden for at least two hours, then trim the wick and enjoy your new candle!