3 Bright Ways To Use Leftover Candle Wax
Who doesn't love a good candle? Anyone who's ever lit a candle knows about the quiet power that these blocks of wax hold. They bring coziness and comfort to any room and a lot of them smell delicious as well. True candle enthusiasts out there will know, though, that there's always going to be a wax residue at the bottom of the jar. More often than not, that waxy gold gets thrown away. But here's the thing: you can repurpose your leftover candle wax and use it for some pretty awesome projects. Whether it's an eye-catching multicolored candle, a very practical anti-mosquito candle, or waterproofing your shoes, find out how to upcycle your leftover candle wax right here, right now!
1. Multicolored Candle
- juice carton
- candle wick
- candle wax in assorted colors
1.1 Insert a candle wick into an empty, rinsed juice carton, making sure that the wick is as long as the carton is high.
1.2 Melt the first batch of leftover candle wax over a water bath.
1.3 Pour the melted wax into the juice carton.
1.4 Wait until the wax in the juice carton has set, then melt another batch of leftover wax in a different color. Pour the wax into the carton on top of the solidified candle wax.
1.5 Repeat this process with the remaining colors until the carton is filled almost all the way up. Now cut off the upper part of the carton.
1.6 Remove the rest of the carton as well, trim the wick to about 1/4 inch, and enjoy your brand new candle made out of leftover candle wax.
2. Anti-Mosquito Candle
- candle wax
- candle wick
- paper cup
- wooden skewer
- citronella oil
- glass candle holder
2.1 Place a candle wick in the middle of a small paper cup and fix it to the cup by tying it to a wooden skewer so it stays put.
2.2 Melt the wax over a water bath and mix in a few drops of citronella oil. Pour the wax into the cup and wait until it has set completely.
2.3 Remove the cup, trim the wick, and put your new anti-mosquito candle made out of leftover candle wax in a small glass candle holder. Light the candle and never worry about getting woken up by pesky flies again.
3. Waterproof Shoes
- white candle wax
- hair dryer
3.1 Take the white candle wax and rub it into your shoes.
3.2 Now use a hair dryer so the wax adheres to your shoes and makes them waterproof. Let them sit for a while afterwards.
3.3 To find out if your shoes are really waterproof, pour some water over them. We promise it works!
If this isn't enough incentive to save up all your leftover candle wax, what is? Who knew waterproofing your shoes with a little bit of candle wax was a thing? And if you're struggling to come up with any new gift ideas, try the multicolored candle!