Sunday, May 26, 2013

Making Candles…

So it’s a rainy day here at Fishtail Cottage and I’ve been collecting craft ideas for when I have a day like to today to just play…


IMG_2929Curious if anyone else has been saving up all that extra candle wax that is left over in your candles after the wick has been burned out?  I have a whole cabinet stuffed with jars with just a little candle wax left over. 

I’ve purchased some pretty expensive candles from time to time, and I hate throwing them away ~ so I figured if I save enough, maybe I can melt down what I have and use re-melt the wax and make a new candle.

IMG_2930Using a butter knife, I emptied the jars of the candle wax into a pan that I picked up for .99 cents at the thrift store.

Being my first time trying to do this, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money in case I failed..I used a 40% coupon at Michaels for the new wicks and rusty food cans that I’ve been using outside for flowers now and then.


Wrapping the wick around a pencil to hold it in place when I filled the cans was an awesome idea.  it worked great because I didn’t purchase the special stickers that was suggested.


Not sure what I was doing, I decided that melting wax might be like melting chocolate and thought the idea of a double boiler was worth a try. Like chocolate, I continuously stirred until all of the wax was melted.






Once melted, I carefully poured into the cans that I had prepped before melting the wax.  A little disappointed that the amount of wax I had only made enough to fill two and a half 8 oz cans.






While the wax hardened, I cut paper to fit around the cans!




Once the side of the cans were cold to the touch I adhered the paper by using modge podge. and using rubber bands to hold the paper in place. 



After the paper dried, I decided that my candle project still needed more. So I went to my Pinterest Ephemera page and printed a few pretty pictures that I have saved. Again, using modge podge to adhere the pictures and rubber bands to keep the prints in place until dry. 





Once dry, it still felt to “put together” and formal, so I sanded the edges of the print and then distressed it using a water base stain.





I really love how these turned out! My favorite part of this project is the curly cue wick that I left at the top.  What do you think?  IMG_3002I had a lot of fun and plan to make more in the future! Who knows, maybe I might even sell them eventually in my Etsy Store?  Thanks so much for coming by today!  

To see where else I am linking to this week – please check my “Cottage Links” label…xoxo, tracie

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acorn hollow said...

they are so sweet I am sure they would sell

Shannon said...

They turned out so pretty! These would make great gifts :)

lynn said...

very cute project--tfs, tracy:) i know they would sell!

Kathy said...

How wonderful, I have lots and lots of used candles you have inspired me. Thanks, now I just need rain. Kathy

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

I remelt and redo candles all the time - and now have both my daughters doing it...expensive candles can certainly be made into new ones!

I do it a little differently, but I sure love your artistically beautiful reuse of cans - love your graphics, looks AWESOME!!

Christine Vandormolen said...

love that beautiful craft paper around the cans.....

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

They look absolutely great! You could definitely put them on Etsy!

Linda Claxson said...

What a wonderful idea. I save all the left over bits from my Yankee candles, now I know what to do with them!
Thank you for sharing this


Heather - New House New HOme said...

I absolutely love them, Tracie. And, and, and.....I headed over to your Pinterest board and found so much inspiration I can't begin to list all the projects I want to do. Wow.

Spittin-Toad said...

Wow...They are truly beautiful! I had to pin them for later! :)

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

These look great! I never would have thought to use a pencil to hold the wicks! Great idea! I love the curly wicks too. :) Don't you love mod podge? I just used it yesterday when I made a picture frame for my pet kitty. :)

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Now I've heard of saving a lot of things but never the wax from old candles! But what a great idea. Now I'm guessing you have some one-of-a-kind scents in those cute can candles! It's rainy and cold here today so I'm FINALLY getting some crafting done! Have a whole cupboard of "projects" in my workroom.

September Violets said...

I do the same thing ... save the wax, but I have yet to melt it down into new candles. Thanks for reminding me what's stored out of sight in my cupboard! Your candles look great with the distressed finish, and I like the curly wick (but would be tempted to trim it down before lighting it). Enjoy your day! Wendy :)

Terri said...

This is a wonderful project for a rainy day and for using up candle wax. Your new candles have a pretty vintage look. I love the way you decorated them too.

Susan@Organized31 said...

How lovely! And there's nothing better than a good repurposed project. I'd love if you'd come share at my first ever link party http://organized31.blogspot.com/2013/05/inspire-us-thursday-link-party-1.html

Sea Angels said...

A really beautiful and creative idea, so inspiring.
xxx Hugs Lynn xx

Lavender Cottage said...

Nice hostess gifts Tracie! And, I like the curly wicks too.

mail4rosey said...

These came out nice, and the details right down to the curly cue wicks are really great. Thanks for sharing. :)

I'm visiting today from Thursday's Favorite Things.

bella lullo said...

Un bellissimo progetto da realizzare!

The Tablescaper said...

I host a weekly link party called "Seasonal Sundays". This week, in honor of my fourth blog-a-versary, I'm having a giveaway of a $100.00 gift certificate to HomeGoods/TJ Maxx. I'd love to have you join the fun!

- The Tablescaper

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

These are awesome! And I love the curly cue too!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

What a lovely, inspiring rainy day project! So very creative - love the added ephemera! Cool idea, Tracye, I am so Delighted that you shared with A Return to Loveliness,

Ornate Splendor said...

This project is fantastic! Love the use of left over wax. Love the way you sanded and distressed them - great transformation! Catherine (new follower)

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

What a perfect rainy day project Tracie. They look fabulous. Thank you for sharing this at Shabbilicious Friday.