Candles are the best way to add scent to your home and create a calm vibe. Express.co.uk spoke to Richard Fewings from Cosy Owl to find out how to make your own candles using old wax.
Mr Fewings said: “Did you know that some scented candle makers only put the candle’s fragrance in the top ring?
“This is why many candles smell strongly in the shop but are underwhelming when you get them home.
“If you’ve had a problem with your candle where it hasn’t lasted for as long as you would have liked, or if you want to make the most of the scent, this hack can help you to get the most out of your candle collection!”.
If you have a load of old unusable candles or candles that have tunnelled, this will prevent them from going to waste.
Read on to found out how to make new candles out of leftover wax.
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Gather all your old candles, and ask friends and family if they have any to spare.
You should also try not to mix different types of wax together, as these may have different characteristics and melting point.
Break up the old wax and put it in an old saucepan over low heat.
You could also fill a pot with water and put an old can filled with wax into it. This method will avoid ruining the pot with wax.
Stir the candles until they have completely melted.
While you wait for the wax to melt, prepare the container.
Attach a wick at the bottom with a drop of paraffin.
Take an old pencil or a straw and place it over the top of the container.
Place your wick in the middle of the container, draping it over the pencil.
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Pour the melted wax into the container. Keep a little bit of wax in the saucepan to use it later.
It could take anywhere between a few minutes to a couple of hours for the candle wax to completely harden.
Once it is almost completely hard, you will notice that the wax is dipped in around the wick.
Pour the remaining melted wax in the saucepan into the dip to fill it in. Let it completely harden.
Depending on what type of container you used, either light the candle in the container or slip it out of the container and then light it.
If you struggle to get the candle out of the container, pop it in the freezer for five to ten minutes. It should easily slide out after this.
Decorate your candle with glitter, sand, pressed flowers, or anything you like.
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