Hello Fellow Crafters!
Been a while since I’ve posted. Have some things to catch up on. Unfortunately, I am finding that taking pictures and documenting my steps are thing that I don’t do all that well. I get about two thirds complete with a project and it dawns on me that I’ve failed to take any pictures! Then I scramble around taking photos and hoping I got enough of it to make sense.
Today’s post is about recycling candles. As I have mentioned before, I am a big fan of estate sales. I drag The Kid around with me (who occasionally finds a find or two) and I happened to stumble across a couple of used crock pots. Immediately I thought of a huge collection of melted candle ends. I never seem to throw anything away, especially all those candles that cost an arm and a leg.
So, into the crock pot all of it goes. I heated it slowly as to not cause any smoke or burning smell.
Then I got to preparing the molds. I simply used the 5 oz. dixie cups. I sprayed a little Pam into each cup, spreading it onto the bottom and sides. Then I lined them up on newspaper and set into each cup a prepared wick (purchased at Michael’s in packages of 12) by dipping it into the wax and then placing it into the center of each cup.
Once the wax was melted, I used a french fry strainer to scoop all the burnt ends, candle wicks and labels from the bottom of the crock pot. Using a glass measuring cup, I then carefully filled each cup. Once the wax started cooling, it was necessary to refill most of them to get a smooth, flat top. Then it was just a matter of allowing the candles to cool completely.
Once the candle was cooled, it just slipped right out of the cup. Viola! Replacement candles all ready to go. Easy and quick. I’ve already started collecting the next round for reuse.
A couple of other quick items. I saw that someone had done something similar and wanted to show that I had used this trick to store extension cords in the garage. Keeps things neat and tidy.
Also, happily, some of my love of creating and baking has rubbed off on The Kid. I came home from work last week to find that he had baked cupcakes! And with the leftover frosting, he had made an old family favorite, ‘graham cracker cookies’. I am so proud!
So, that catches us up a little, I still have so much. I hope to do much better in keeping up on the blog. Thanks for dropping by and I hope you’re all having fun.
Happy Crafting Y’All!