Today I’m sharing the fastest and maybe easiest DIY project I’ve done to date. And you might just have almost all you need for this one around the house right now. I’ve talked about candles here many times. Every once in a while I splurge on some really nice candles from Anthropologie. For me, candles are a simple pleasure that make our home smell luxurious and they just make me happy. But, when you spend $30 on a candle, you want to use it until it’s gone completely.

The last few times I bought the candles, I kept them after they were burnt out to eventually reuse the wax. I recently realized I had plenty to make two new candles in the two lovely jars from Anthropologie. And it’s super simple. With a quick and easy do it yourself project, I got the equivalent of two $28 candles. Such fun for a cheapo like me. 

What you’ll need

  • Leftover candles with some wax still left around the sides or bottom
  • One leftover candle jar per candle you plan to make
  • New wicks from a craft store ($2 to $3 for 8 to 12 wicks)
  • A microwave safe container that you are comfortable tossing or using just for candles
  • A spoon


  1. Using a spoon, dig out all of the wax from each candle. Divide wax up by scent. I only had two scents out of several candles so divided them up to make two new candles.
  2. Remove the metal wick from the bottom of any jars you will be reusing.
  3. Microwave each group of wax in a microwave-safe dish in 1-minute increments at about 60% power. It took about 4 minutes for mine to melt down.
  4. Place a wick in the jars you plan to reuse.
  5. Once the wax is melted, hold on to the wick with one hand and slowly pour the wax into the jar with the other hand.
  6. Place candle in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.

We’ve had these in our home for about a week and they are burning very clean and smell great. What do you think of this simple idea? Would you try it to save a little money on new candles? Do you love candles in your home in the winter?

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