DIY Candle Makeover

Candles! I love candles, especially Capri Blue Volcano candles. Have you ever walked into Anthropologie and just inhaled that wonderful smell? That! That smell is from all the Volcano candles. Not only do they smell so good, they come in really pretty glass jars. They’re pricey (in my opinion), but worth the splurge. Here’s the thing, they tend to burn out before all the wax has been used. Well I found a way to get more for your money with a DIY candle makeover so to speak.

Here is my “collection” of Volcano candles that all have about 20% of the wax left in the bottom. You’ve heard waste not, want not. Well that applies to these babies too.

You can take all the leftover wax in the candles, melt it down, and combine them in one jar. #easypeasy I had enough wax from 3, and part of another, to make a full candle.

Start by putting enough water in the bottom of a small pot to come up about an inch on the candle jar. Bring to a simmer, and watch the wax begin to melt. Decide which container you want to use for all the wax, and start with that one first.

You’ll want wicks like these to replace the one you remove.

Once the wax is softened, use a pair of pliers to remove the wick. After you take it out, place a new one in the spot where you removed the other one.

Put another candle in the simmering water and let it melt completely.

Then pour on top of the new wick in the other container.

Continue melting the wax in all the containers and adding it to the one with the new wick.

Allow the wax to cool and solidify, then trim the wick. Tah-dah! A brand new candle. Do you have candles like this sitting around your house? Try this DIY candle makaeover, and then let me know how it goes.

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  1. March 23, 2020 / 3:46 am

    Thank you so much for sharing- amazing idea! Hope you are staying healthy and safe Lisa- I have been following along on IG XO

    • April 19, 2020 / 10:21 am

      Thanks Holly! I’m loving seeing what y’all are up to on your blog and IG. XOXO

  2. March 23, 2020 / 6:02 am

    This is such a genius idea! Thank you for sharing! Stay safe!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  3. March 23, 2020 / 8:19 am

    I’ve done this before with candles I love! It’s so easy and they really get a new lease on life.

  4. March 23, 2020 / 11:43 am

    This is such a great idea. My last volcano candle burned so badly, leaving about 50% of the wax up the sides of the glass. Maybe I did something wrong? I should have tried this trick.

    • March 23, 2020 / 2:12 pm

      As much as I love these candles, I find they burn unevenly too. Every so often I take a spoon or something and push the warm wax down to even it out. That seems to help a little . I think they really need two wicks. Duh…I should have put two back in, now that I’m thinking it through…LOL Next time. XOXO

  5. Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    March 23, 2020 / 12:45 pm

    Ohh, this is such a great idea! You def. know how to make the most of your products. I remember the beauty hack you shared on here or on stories about snipping off the top of a lotion tube so you can use everything in it before tossing. (At least… I think that was you that shared that! LOL!) Thanks!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

  6. March 23, 2020 / 7:53 pm

    I do this all the time! Sometimes I layer different scents for fun!

  7. Kellyann
    March 24, 2020 / 4:07 am

    Genius! I am pinning this now!
    xo,
    Kellyann

  8. Heather Bramlett
    March 24, 2020 / 9:17 am

    So smart!!

  9. Alexandra Richards
    March 26, 2020 / 1:23 pm

    Genius hack!

    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.com

    • April 19, 2020 / 10:16 am

      Thanks Jessica! It works really well and is super easy! XO

  10. March 30, 2020 / 9:43 am

    Genius!! Maybe add a drop of essential oil to give the new candle more fragrance?

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