I know I'm not alone when I say I like to burn candles in the house. Now that fall has arrived (even though we're still sitting at mid 20'C these past weeks!), it gives us all the excuse to light those tapers once again and create a warm ambiance in the evenings. I light a couple of pillar candles during supper each night to give a cozy glow round the kitchen table. Even though the temperatures remain warm outdoors, the light is fading fast by 5:30 p.m. here.
But with all this candle burning, eventually the candles won't light anymore once the wick is far down a hole of melted wax. I've saved the unused portion of candles with the intention of melting them down into new candles eventually. I recently tackled that business using a tin can set in a pot of boiling water, a waxed milk carton for the mold, some purchased wick and a lot of masking tape. I ended up with four square(ish) candles just in time for our Thanksgiving dinner.
I don't like having candles sitting directly on wooden funiture, so off to the thrift store where I found perfect clear glass holders for my square candles at only $2 a piece. I believe these were originally used by florist's shops for small bouquets. And once I put the candles into the holders, I thought maybe I should get some of those glass beads to add round the bottom of the candles. But then remembered I had a lot of small collected stones sitting on the patio (I'm a self-confessed rock hound and have rocks and stones all over the place here). So I rinsed off the stones of bugs and debris and brought them inside and this is what graced our Thanksgiving table ...
I really like the natural stones because they're all from our area and just remind me of sitting by lakes in the summer and fall.
My daughter and her roommates burn a lot of candles at their house too, so she asked me to make her a candle to take back with her. I had just enough wax from one last candle to make another for her.
I find the scent is a bit diminished with reusing the wax, but it still casts the same glow. I also melted several different scented candles together since they were all fairly similar, and they came out fine. With only the cost of the glass holders, I had everything else, and saved myself about $30 by making these myself.