My fellow blogger Cheryl is taking up the challenge to have a make do and mend year, (you can take a peek at her lovely blog) One of the things she loves are scented candles – reading her blog reminded me about my candle recycling.
Its easy to do and makes good use of the candle wax we usually throw away saving you pounds and the planet!
Some of the scented candles are strong enough second or third time around!
You simply collect wax as you go – I usually pour out the hot wax into a bowl after I have blown out the candle. Not only does this seem to help with lighting the candle the next time I use it but I keep collecting until I have enough wax.
I use my slow cooker to melt the wax its easier than a double boiler.
Place about 1 inch of hot water into the ceramic bowl and then put the bowl of wax to melt on a medium to low heat. (Don’t put the wax directly into the slow cooker especially if you are using scented candles)
You can purchase pre waxed wicks – 50 of these cost only £2.79 from an ebay seller called Szafir who will send you them postage free.
They come boxed up nicely and they work very well.
I use two bamboo sticks to hold the wax tapers in place, just hook over the edge and place in the middle of your tea cup.
Chop sticks work just as well – and if you wish you can secure both ends with hair bands it traps the wick tightly so that it won’t move when you fill the cup.
When the wax is liquid you can colour it with wax crayons if you like, or leave it white.
Use bamboo sticks or chop sticks to trap the wick in the centre – you can bend them over slightly
A small hair band or elastic bands can be wrapped around each end if you want to trap the wicks and hold them in place.
Fill the cups using a ladle and leave to cool
You will find that the wax tends to creep up the wick slightly.
Once the wax has set, trim the wick to to the length you want.
The wonderful thing about recycling candles is that you can use any container as long as it is heat proof.
Tea cups are ideal because they are made to handle high temperatures.
This tea cup had a crack in it, it would be a pity to throw it away. As it was such thin china it gives a beautiful glow as the wick burns down.
If you have a big cup – you can always use more than one wick.
I usually keep these on my bathroom shelf, they look so pretty during the day and give a beautiful glow at night.
I use lavender and camomile essential oils which are so relaxing combined with a luxurious bubble bath.
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