welcome to the first day of my recycle-week!
As promised, this week I'm going to give unloved goods a second life, and try not to spend any money on them. So I'll be saving items from the trash in my own house, seeing if I can find things on the sidewalk, or using free items from thrift shops (yes, they do that with certain items)
So to kick off with a simple upcycling project: candles!
As I was cleaning up my house - some of you may have guessed why....- I realized how many discarded candles I have laying around. Used candles that are too short to use up, that have melted in the sun, ones where the wick has become too short, ones that I don't use because they're plain ugly ( I'm talking to you, oooglay christmas candles!) of just left-overs from tea lights ( these things never burn clean, do they?)
|so many of these!|
- a crapload of old candles ( I simply mixed different colors and scents, whatever I had at hand)
- old jars or cups to make the candles in.
- some cotton string to use as a wick
- an oven ( but if you don't have that, the stove works as well)
- optional: a few drops of scented oil, or herbs such as lavendar.
I began by gathering all old candles together, and dicing the pieces pieces that were too big.
Then,I took some old cups and jars (a cleaned jam jar or something alike is perfect!) and filled them with the pieces of candle.
Now, there are several ways of melting the candles, but in the light on recycle week, which of course has to do with being conscious of your environment, I opted to melt them in my oven.
I simply waited until I had to bake something else in the oven (quiche, nommmm!) and when my quiche was finished, I turned the oven off, and placed my candles in the oven that was still warm.
|just chilling in the oven|
After 15 minutes or so -when most of the wax had melted- I took some cotton string, cut it into pieces, dipped the top into the wax and placed them in the middle as wicks. You can hold them into place with some skewers.
After that, you can just leave them cooling down in the oven, and.. I dunno... watch some tv, shave your legs, trim your beard (if you have one), sing a song, paint your finger nails, eat that quiche that you just made... The candles will do perfectly fine on their own ( told ya this was an easy craft!)
About the leaving them in the oven thing; there is a reason why the easiest option is the best option here, as I can show with the picture below.
|left is right, and right is... well, not so right.|
That's why I always cocked up with my previous candle-making adventures (although I didn't realize why things went bad) I accidentally took the purple candle out of the oven too early, and as you can see, it has an ugly, sunken center, while the candle on the left -who was in the same batch- stayed in the oven and has a nice and smooth surface.
|trimming the wick!|
Now you can relax on the sofa and enjoy your "hard work", because this is what you'll end up with:
|love the accidental dip-dye effect of the yellow one!|
so, to set the score on recycle-week:
Today I have recycled:
- discarded candles
- an old piece of string (a shoelace)
- some empty jars
- some old cups that I didn't use ( and can re-use when I've burned my candles)
none! ( considering the fact that I had to use my oven for the quiche anyway..... And no, my candles don't smell like quiche, although I wouldn't mind)
I hope you enjoyed! Have you ever tried making candles? And what were your experiences?