Sunday makes

D.I.Y. Candle Upcycle

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This little upcycle trick breathes new life into an old candle and requires just a few bits and minimal effort!

You’ll need:

  • Pre-waxed wire wick (with clip, or sustainer)
  • Adhesive wick tabs
  • A new votive (something that can withstand heat)
  • A saucepan


The first thing you’ll want to do is melt the excess wax from the old candle. There are a couple of ways to do this.

First is in a microwave on a low-medium heat and in short intervals – you’ll want to keep a close eye if using this method as the wax can quickly turn.

If the old votive contains metal or the metal wick sustainer is still in the wax, you obviously won’t be able to do this! Instead, you’ll want to make a sort of ‘bain marie’ with hot water in a pan on a medium heat (the water should simmer rather than boil). Set the old votive until the wax has completely melted.

Whilst waiting, take your new container and fix the new wire wick to the centre. Using an adhesive wick keeper for this will keep it centre and straight.

Once the wax is fully melted, extract the old wick and bin. Gently lift the container from the water, towel drying the base and carefully decant the hot wax into your new jar, holding the wick taut. Pop in the fridge until set.

Once set, you can trim the wick if needed and it’s ready to go!

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And there you have it. Just as new!

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