I collect these used candles in blue, yellow, and red from parties as they are a waste to throw away after just 1-2 minutes of use.
Since most DIY candle tutorials online like this and this are all about simply melting the wax followed by adding colour or scent to the end product, I thought I could do the same with the discards I gathered.
This tutorial that melts the wax directly inside mason jars hits the right note with me: messy wax residues in pots and utensils are a pain to clean up. I separated the candles from their wicks, placed them in a glass jar and proceeded to melt them in a water bath.
The colours from the candles combined to produce a purple shade end product, to which I added lavender essential oil as a scent to match its appearance.
After trying out the method with a portion of the candles that led to a successful light-up session, I am ready to use up all my stash to fill the jar.
I also reused a wick from one of the candles. Once I have too many used candles, now I have too many wicks.
Hopefully, this little one will bring some cosy feel to my home. I am extremely late on this Danish Hygge concept since I have only very recently read the 2 little books of “Hygge” and “Lykke”, back to back, by The Happiness Research Institute. I can’t be more inspired to add elements of fun/warmth/togetherness/cosiness/happiness to my everyday life!