Whenever I use tapers, I burn the bottom of them before placing into the holder. This helps to secure them, and keep them straight to burn evenly.
Cleaning out glass candle holders to reuse with tea lights helps
prevent these from ending up in a recycle bin (or the trash).
Nesting a frosted (Glade) holder inside a clear glass holder not only helps makes a small candle larger,
but it also helps save space when storing them.
Although I have tried to melt wax to refill candle holders with (just put wax into holder, place it in a microwave next to a cup of water, and start about 4 mins. on high and keep checking) I don't have long enough wicks - so for Summer, I used sand & tea lights.
Pouring tea lights out of their bag into a container helps them last longer, and makes it easier to walk around to change them for refills.
All those pretty pillars at Pottery Barn are nice but too expensive for my budget. I usually stock up on basic white or cream pillars from Target, or from Bed bath & Beyond when I have their coupons.
Although I've tried letting candles burn long enough to reach the perimeter, they still occasionally lose their shape. So with a cutting board and knife, I'll cut off excess to help re-shape them...
Letting the candle burn to the outside does help prevent that deep pit around the wick - that usually stops the candle from burning about half way through - and then what happens? It either ends up collecting dust or ends up in the trash.
The wax shavings are what can be recycled into another candle, if you have a long enough wick.
After cutting off the excess wax, I hold the candle at an angle to roll the (top) edge to help even it out.
And occasionally, when a pillar gets stuck inside of a glass holder, I'll fill the holder with warm water and keep trying to spin the candle loose. I try not to rock it to pull it out because it has popped the glass - spinning does work.
I guess Micheal's would have wicks to make your own candles, but
I don't know - I haven't checked yet.
Have you ever made your own candles?
Do you have any tricks you use to help keep your candles lasting longer?
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