Recycling Your Yankee Candles

Hi everyone! So a few months ago I wrote a post of how to clean out your Yankee Candle jars, but what to do with the wax? Today I’m going to show you how I use my left over wax to make tea lights 😊 

What you’ll need:

  • An old saucepan 
  • A heatproof glass jug
  • Candle wick 
  • Tea light moulds (you can get these on Amazon for a few pounds)
  • Wick sustainers (again Amazon)
  • A set of pliers 
  • Scissors 
  • Your left over wax

You’ll also need to do this in your kitchen as you’ll need to use your cooker to heat the wax up, now let’s get started. 

  • Prepare your moulds by measuring the wick and cutting it a bit longer than needed. You then need to feed this through the wick sustainer, this is fiddly and annoying but bear with it! Once you have your wick through and it’s flush to the bottom of the sustainer, use the pliers to pinch shut the hole, be careful with this part. 


  • Half full up your saucepan with water and put it over a medium to low heat, put your wax into the jug and place this inside the saucepan, making sure the water can’t overflow into the jug. Leave this to gently melt, don’t leave the water to boil, you only want it simmering. 


  • Back to the moulds, try to get the wicks as central as possible as this will help them burn more evenly. 
  • Once the wax is fully melted, use a tea towel and carefully remove the jug from inside the saucepan, wipe off the bottom and carefully fill up the moulds. The wicks may move when you do this, just move them back into place once you’ve done. 


  • Continue filling until all the moulds are filled of you run out of wax then leave them for around 3 hours to set. 


  • Once set, trim the wicks and you’re all done. 

And that’s it! The longest part, for me anyway, is getting the wicks into the sustainers but it gets easier. I’m sure I don’t need to say this but please be careful if you decide to do this, hot water, hot wax and hot jug can cause burns. 

I hope you enjoyed this post, please like and follow if you did and I’ll be back soon with a new product review ❀

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