Probably one of the most cost-effective ways of making candles is to simply make new candles from old ones. I’ve so many candles that have melted into a waxy mess or jars with the a thin layer of wax that won’t melt. Instead of throwing them out, cursing them as they fall into the garbage, I hoard them all into my closet and melt them into a new candle when the mood strikes! (and when I’ve enough).
In the spring, I like to make citronella candles for the deck and pond so that I can actually spend some time outside. Mosquitoes are killer here and even with all the marigolds and lemon grass I try to plant every year, we still get tons. So, here’s my recipe for some intense citronella candles.
– old candles
– new wax
– citronella essential oil
– tea tree oil
– mason jar or vessel for your candle ….make sure the container of choice can handle the high heat of burning candles and won’t crack or break!
Pour your wax into the jar, filling to just about the top. Your wax will begin to congeal as soon as it hits the cooler jar, but it will not solidify right away, so don’t panic.
Stir with your stir sticks.
Add in about 5 drops of tea tree oil to each candle.
Once the bottom of the jar starts to solidify, place your wicks in and hold in place with your stir stick. If the wick is much too long, simply wind around the stick or let it hang over the edge.
Wait for the candle to fully turn into a solid.