DIY: Repurposed scented candle

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I love candles! I’ve always been intrigued by the thought of making them but because you need to purchase most of the raw materials in bulk (which works out to be quite expensive if you opt for bees/soy wax), I decided to give new life to an old candle and made the candle wick.

WARNING: Wax melts at really high temperatures and once melted, it can burn. Please use extra caution when handling – have heatproof gloves, mittens and heat-resistant bowls for this one.

What you’ll need:

–  Old candle – the one I used was in a glass casing so was thick enough to bain-marie. However, if you have any old candles without a casing or in a foil case, try grating/cutting it into small pieces and then placing it in a heatproof bowl to melt on top of the water.

–  Pot and heat-resistant bowl if cutting the wax into shavings or pieces.

–  Candle wick – I used an old candle wick but you can also order them online or make some on your own

–  Essential oil (I didn’t use this as my candle already had vanilla essence)

–  Herbs, foliage, fruit rind (if required)

–  Heatproof ice trays, cake mold, jar, old wine glass, tea cup or even a coconut shell (go crazy!)


  1. Gather your supplies and have it ready.
  2. Prepare a jar/mold for the candle. Take a candle wick, tie it around a stick (a pencil, a chopstick or skewer) and balance it on top of the jar.
  3. Fill a pot with water and bring it to boil – once it’s boiling, drop the candle in and stir the wax until it completely melts (it took me about 30 minutes in scorching water for the whole candle to dissolve but this may vary for you depending on the size of your wax shavings or candle).
  4. Once the wax has completely melted, add a few drops of essential oil, dried fruit or herbs as desired. Stir and remove from the stove.
  5. Pour the hot mix into the jar and let it cool overnight. The liquid will solidify and become opaque when ready.

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