Tis the season for burning candles!
I love candles and I love recycling. Oh and I love making things.
I started by gathering up all my dead candles over a few months, the ones where the wick is all burned up or drowned in wax but there's still lots of solid wax around the edges that never melted. Then I went trekking all around the city for the ideal cute containers in charity shops. Mine cost me 3 pounds total. I wanted teacups originally but found this little set instead!
I cut up my wax into little cubes and melted them in a double boiler on medium heat. With constant stirring and keeping an eye on it, the melting process took about 15 minutes. (My mom once started a small house fire in our kitchen by leaving hot wax unattended on the stove - LEARN FROM THIS MISTAKE AND WATCH YOUR WAX AT ALL TIMES! Sorry for ratting you out mom... :)
The next thing was to add some essential oil bought at the German Christmas market (mine was a winter pine scent) and then half a green wax crayon stolen from a restaurant. I was drawing hearts and stars on the menu while waiting for my food when I got an idea for how to add color to my candles. It worked perfectly! I would recommend putting in at least a full crayon though if you want a brighter color, since mine came out quite pale.
The wicks, I had already bought here a long time ago but I think they're readily available at craft stores, or there might even be tutorials around on how to make your own if you're adventurous! I found a tip online saying to position the wicks in the bottom center of your container and curl the excess around a pencil or other round object and sit it across the top of the container so the bottom of the wick lies flat against the bottom of the container. It was really helpful since the wick shifted around a bit during the pouring of the wax into the container.
Once poured, I let them set on the cool window ledge for a couple hours. During that time I cleaned up all my wax and put away the supplies but that turned out to be stupid because when I checked in on my babies later I realized the wax had sunk quite a bit in the center around the wick. When doing it again I'll keep my wax hot until this happens, then pour in a second layer on top to fill the gap. Because i definitely will be doing this again. It's such an impressive-looking end result and is perfect for gifts!