DIY: Repurposing Old Candles

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By Cassy Krueger 

Any self-respecting college student needs something pleasantly fragrant to cover up the smell of neglected laundry and day-old Keystone.  Some people prefer incense or air fresheners. Personally, I’m into candles. If candles are your preference as well, then you’ve probably also experienced this:

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A surplus of candles burned down to the point where you can no longer even reach the wick to light them.

Of course you could call it a loss and throw them away.  But some candles come in great containers that could be used for a variety of different things, if it weren’t for the spent wax stuck inside them.  Fortunately, the solution is easy!


Here’s the only step you need: boil water and pour it into the container.  The hot water will melt the wax, causing it to rise to the top.  This process works much like the lava lamps you probably had in middle school.


Once it cools, it will form a solid layer that you can then remove.  Depending on how much wax was left in your jar, you may need to repeat the process a few times.

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At this point, the possibilities are endless.  I filled my empty containers with cheap coffee beans and then added a vanilla scented tea light.  The flame heats up the beans and the result is a delicious vanilla coffee bean smell.  Even better than the candle it replaced!

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