Basic Recycled Candles

Submitted by Simon Christie

Basic Recycled Candles

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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes


  • Enough wick (with excess for trimming) from cheap candles (I used one from a box of six) Nb. More wick will be necessary for multiple candles or depth.
  • Any old candles you have no further use for.
  • One 375ml glass jar or seperate jars to suit colours or scents.
  • Your preferred glass safe candle moulds.


  • Carefully! Using a screwdriver/knife/spoon, pry away or shard off, in small sections, your old candles.
  • Keep your colours separate for now.
  • Remove all old wicks or contaminates NOW.
  • If you have recycled moulds you have just recovered soak them in hot soapy water now. (I used a steel bowl for the ones pictured here).
  • Put your recovered wax into your jar/jars.
  • Use separate jars for colours or combine.
  • Place directly into slow cooker insert and fill with warm water to halfway up the side of your SMALLEST jar.
  • Using a tea towel under the lid, turn your unit on HIGH for 2 hours.... Or until fully liquified.
  • If you are soaking old holders, take them out now and wipe with paper towel to clean.
  • Carefully cut away, in small sections, the wick from your cheapo candle. Cut into lengths to suit mould depths plus 2cm additional.
  • Spear a skewer/toothpick through one end of each length as a 'support '.
  • Caution!!
  • The wax is VERY HOT!
  • Carefully! Remove your melting jars and pour into your moulds. You can mix scents in before pouring the wax into your moulds if you like.
  • Place wicks into centres of wax filled moulds, resting the 'supports' across the rim.
  • Allow to cool in a safe place for a few hours till fully set.
  • Remove 'supports' and use in a safe environment.
  • *** Always treat flame as a potential danger. Always practice safety.

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