How to Upcycle Candles

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Sit back, relax, and read this super fun post about how to up-cycle your old candles!


Hey there Moments for the Journey readers! I’m Amanda, and I blog over at Notes from a Newlywed, where I write all about my life as a new wife. I share my views, thoughts, emotions and observations on my newlywed journey. From wedding planning tips to what I’ve learned about marriage, changing my name, having in-laws and trying to be a better wife, even a few recipes and crafts thrown in there, it’s all about what I’m learning along the way.

If you’re anything like me, you have a bunch of used candles sitting around that you don’t have to heart to throw away, but in the meantime is creating clutter. I have a super easy DIY project to turn those old candles into a brand new one.

upcycle candle DIYWhat You’ll Need
-A few old candles
-One new/clean jar
-New wicks (available at most craft stores)
-Olive oil
-Stove and a sauce pan
-Tongs and hot pads

Step 1
Gather all your materials. This will include all the items in the list above. Then, get some water boiling in a saucepan on the stove.

upcycle candle project

Step 2
While you’re waiting for the water to boil, clean your old jars so the black soot doesn’t get mixed in. Tip: Put a little drizzle of olive oil on a paper towel, and it comes right off! Olive oil is also great for removing any extra old wax.

olive oil to clean

candle jars cleaned with olive oil

Step 3
Pick one candle as your base layer and place it in the saucepan with boiling water. The wax will melt pretty quickly.

put jar on stove melt candle wax on stove

Meanwhile, place your new wick in your new candle jar. If it’s not staying in the middle on it’s own, try wrapping it around a pencil or popsicle stick to keep it in place.

Once the old wax is all melted, use tongs to pick out the old wick base, then to pick the jar out of the water. Use hot pads (or tongs again if you’re super talented, but I wasn’t) to pour the melted wax into your new jar. Allow the wax to cool completely.

pour melted wax into new candle jar

Step 4
While you’re waiting for that first layer to cool, place the next old candle in the water to melt that wax. Once melted, pour on top of the cooled first layer. Repeat till your new jar is filled!

add layer of wax into candle jar

finished upcycle candle jar

For this jar pictured, I clearly wasn’t paying attention to the order of the wax colors, and I should have put that light grayish one in the middle, but of course, realized that way too late. So before you start pouring, think about the order so you can have a nice contrast in your jar that looks pretty on display.

One of the best things about this project, aside from creating something fun, is that while melting the old wax, it makes your house smell amazing.

Now with those empty, clean jars, you can actually recycle them in with your glass!

This project is super easy, even for those of us that are not very craft-inclined (myself included). It doesn’t take a lot of time either, and while you’re waiting for wax to melt and layers to cool, you can work on other housework.

Hope you enjoy this project! Let me know if you try it and how it turns out!


I don’t know about y’all but I am wanting to go make my own candles! If you liked what you read today you should go check out more of Notes from a Newlywed.
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10 thoughts on “How to Upcycle Candles

    1. Right! That’s what it’s so great for. I never had the heart to throw those half-used ones away, and reusing this makes it new and exciting again!

  1. I love this! I put my old candles in the freezer to get the last of the wax out and then re-use them for other things but I never thought to use all the old wax bits to make a new candle!!! I can’t wait to try this!!

    1. I’ve heard of that freezer trick too! I’ve never tried it, but I definitely like reusing that old wax entirely for something new!

  2. From wedding planning tips to what I’ve learned about marriage, changing my name, having in-laws and trying to be a better wife, even a few recipes and crafts thrown in there, it’s all about what I’m learning along the way.

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