Do Two Olds Make A New? Yes, They Sure Do!

Do you have old, dingy candles shoved in the back of a drawer or hidden somewhere else?  Maybe you keep them on hand for emergencies, but aren’t willing to display them in your home because they are just too ugly?  I have a good number of candles like this, more than I would ever need in an emergency situation, so I decided to give mine a little twist.  I made my OLD pillar candles into container candles and added them to an OLD toolbox to create a NEW centerpiece for my dining room table. See, two “olds” do make a “new”!  (Yes, I’m feeling a bit silly today!)




















Here’s how to make new container candles out of old candles.  You will need:

Old candles

Candle wicks

Glass containers

OK, let the fun begin!   (While being very careful and cautious – no burns allowed!)

First, I cut my old candles into smaller pieces to help speed up the melting time. 

I wanted my new candles to be uniform in color, so I only used candles in the same color family.  (Discard any old wicks you come across, but don’t worry about it if you miss any.  Once the wax is melted you can fish them.) 

While I was chopping my candles I heated some water in a saucepan over low heat and placed the pieces of wax in an empty black bean can that I had washed out.  Once the can was filled with wax pieces I placed it the saucepan of hot water.  Using an empty can increased my project time since it didn’t hold much wax, but I wanted to be able to toss my “double boiler” once I was done instead of trying to clean it out.  Please keep your heat LOW – wax is flammable so be very careful!!!

As my wax was melting, I prepped the glass containers I had on hand — originally from The Dollar Tree — by placing wicks in the center of each container.  (Not sure why I said I prepped the glass containers since I didn’t do anything to them except place a wick in them!)

Finally, once the wax was melted I CAREFULLY poured the liquid wax into the new containers.  I had to do a few rounds of this since my double boiler, AKA old black bean can, didn’t hold much wax, but I simply repeated the process until the glass containers were full. 

TIP: If you spill wax on a hard surface, reheat it using a hairdryer and simply wipe it away with a paper towel.  This works like magic!

Voila!  Now you have new container candles for a fraction of the cost of ones you buy in a store!   

I placed my new candles in the rustic toolbox I found at the Rose Bowl Flea Market and surrounded them with moss for a pop of color.  The toolbox and candles are the latest centerpiece on my dining room table.  What do you think?

Hope you are having a great weekend!  We would love to hear what projects you are working on!













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4 Responses to “Do Two Olds Make A New? Yes, They Sure Do!”

  1. Renee Rogers says:

    This is such a wonderful idea and looks perfect! I will be hunting for an old toolbox to do this myself! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Pam Giannone says:

    How clever and creative. Loved the whole look and recycling is great.



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