DIY: How to depot old candles

DIY: How to depot old candles

If you're anything like me, you always end up with a small collection of old burnt down candles, not sure what to do with them. So what do you actually do with those burn down candles?! Don't throw it out! Most candles come in glass tumblers, often they're actually rather pretty and can be used for all sorts of things around the house.

So here's two methods to remove that small bit of wax from the bottom of the tumblers.

1. If the candle is lit, and is burning on the very last bit of wax, the wax will all be melted like liquid. While its still liquid pour about a 1/2 a cup or so of water into the wax. This amount of water will depend on the size of the tumbler, but use enough to fill the bottom by a couple of CM. Now put the candle out and let the wax harden. The water and wax will separate, with the wax hardening on the surface of the water below. Now using the end of a spoon or something similar, break up the wax. You can now remove all the wax and wash the tumbler free of waxy residue.

2. Place the finished candle into the freezer for a day. Then simple remove the tumbler from the freezer, turn it over and bang the bottom of the tumbler with the heel of your hand. The frozen wax should just pop out.

You can now use your glass tumbler for all sorts of things, adds some sand and shells for a decorative touch, use it to store cotton balls or q-tips, even a make up brush holder. If you have a larger tumbler, try using it for a vase for your favourite flower arrangement! The possibilities are endless!

Good luck!