All you have to do is bake the containers on low heat until the wax drips out by itself. And you can keep containers that fit with your decor—even repurposing them into vases, small storage jars, and more. Plus, these containers should come out so clean that you could even give them away as gifts.
What do you do with empty Yankee Candle jars?
Turn a Yankee Candle Perfect Pillar jar into a cupcake liner holder. When the candle is finished, empty out the remainder wax and remove all stickers. Wash it up and put the liners in it. They fit perfectly and I have over 290 liners in there now.
What to do with unwanted candles?
How do I safely dispose of used candles? If you don’t reuse wax, throw it away. You can scoop it into the garbage with a spoon, or melt or freeze to get wax out more easily.
Can I melt down old candles to make new ones?
The simple answer is yes. The best thing to do is melt down the remaining wax and pour it into a smaller votive—et voilà, you have yourself a new candle. Make sure you combine all the same type of wax (beeswax, paraffin, or soy). Once the wax is melted, remove old wicks with tongs and toss them out.
Can you use a toothpick as a candle wick?
Can you use a toothpick as a candle wick? Yes, you can use a toothpick as your candlewick. Yesterday I lit a scented tealight candle. The candle wick burned up to 1 mm above the wax, extinguished, and could not be burnt any further.
Can you melt a candle in the microwave?
Another way to melt wax is in the microwave. Some people choose this method as they can melt the wax faster than if they were using a double boiler. Pour your wax into a microwavable container. Continue heating your wax in 2-minute intervals until it’s fully melted.
Can you make your own candle wick?
When making your homemade wick you need to decide how thick and long you want it to be. Small candles only need single wicks while medium candles require a wick made from three strands of twine braided together. For a single wick, measure and cut the twine to be three inches longer than the height of your candle.
David Nilsen is the former editor of Fourth & Sycamore. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. You can find more of his writing on his website at davidnilsenwriter.com and follow him on Twitter as @NilsenDavid.