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Repurposed Candles~ Create a Gift for Under $1!

Christmas is around the corner but someone forgot to send the memo to my bank account! Haha! But, instead of being a Scrooge, my mother and I decided to get crafty! Luckily (sort of), I had a Gingerbread Diamond Candle that burned half way through before the wick wouldn’t hold a light anymore and instead of tossing it, we decided to make NEW candles with it!

Guess what?

Each one cost just about $.60 to make! Now, that’s the kind of Christmas gift I can afford!

Here’s what you’re going to need:

  • An old candle
  • Homemade double broiler (pan and a heat safe container)
  • Wicks
  • Wick holder clips (not necessary but VERY nice to have)
  • Pretty holders (I got mine at Goodwill for $.40 each)
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Pen or small wooden stick (long enough to cross the top of your candle holder)

The first thing you’re going to want to do is scour your local Goodwill to find pretty ceramic holders. They don’t even have to be intended for candles. Just find something that catches your eye and can stand a little bit of heat (for the hot wax).

We found these little ones for $.40 and the big one for $.75!

After you’ve found your holders and are ready to start, melt down the candle you aren’t using anymore. If you want to learn how to do this, check out this post: Too Good to be Through with your candles. Just skip the part where you pour your wax into cupcake tins. 🙂

While your wax is melting, measure your wick by holding it up next to the container of your choice. Be sure you give yourself a few extra inches. You’ll need it later.

Then use your scissors to snip the length.

If you are using wick clips, simply place one end of your wick into the center and use a pair of pliers to pinch it closed.

Then, place your wick into the center of your chosen holder and tie the excess string around a pen or a wooden stick; whatever you have that will sit across the top of your holder. Just be sure your wick is in the center of the holder and stands taut (this is why the clips are handy; they weight the wick).

Once your wax is fully melted, carefully pick up the container the wax is melting in and pour into your new holder.

Wipe up any wax that spills over before it dries! If you accidentally bumped your wick, center it once more.

Give your candle a few hours to harden up. Once it’s completely dry, simply use your scissors to snip the excess of the wick off.

That’s it! You’ve just made yourself a brand new candle for pennies!

Anyone you give these to will love that they were handmade! Since you’re using an old candle, they will already smell amazing too! Whoohoo!  Christmas on a dime! I love it!

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  1. looks like you put to good use someones ceramic class rejects! 😉