How To – Make Emergency Candles

I am a notorious hoardsteader- I keep a lot of things because I believe they can be repurposed into new things. One of the things I keep is food jars. Especially glass ones- they’re so good for crafting!

I also really believe that reusing things, is a step above recycling- especially if you can make something actually useful!

So, we have one of those wax warmer smell goods in our house. It’s a cute elephant that matches the bathroom decor and serves a good function. But you end up with a lot of wax in your garbage if you switch out scents as often as I do.

Which brings me to the topic of today’s blog- using trash to make emergency candles!

For this project you’ll need

  • A glass jar
  • Butchers twine
  • Scissors
  • A recently used wax warmer with wax still liquid
  • Patience

  1. Take your butchers twine and cut it to two inches longer then your jar is tall- for a 6 inch tall jar, cut your twine at 8 inches
  2. Using the still warm wax- dip one end of the twine into it a couple times to create a good wax ball on the end.
  3. Lower the end of the twine with the wax into the jar and let the waxy end touch the bottom so it will sort of gently adhere to the glass.
  4. Take the rest of the liquid wax and CAREFULLY pour it into the jar, holding the twine carefully out of the way.
  5. Cap the jar with the twine hanging over the side so it doesn’t fall down into the hardening wax.

  • I keep the jar right next to the warmer so that I don’t forget to dump in the old wax.
  • Just keep adding old wax until the jar is as full as you want it. I add all the way to the top, and honestly it takes about a month a a half to fill a 10oz jar.

    Ta daa!

    Now, I haven’t had to use this, so I don’t know how many hours it would burn, but it gives both the wax and jar a second life. I feel pretty good about that.

    Until next time, have a wicked good day!


    Published by gillisgardensllc

    This is the official website for Gillis Gardens, LLC. Gillis Gardens is a farm, run by myself and my wonderful husband. We believe in biodiversity, organic growing methods and doing things ourselves. I knit, crochet, make jewelry and sew. MrGillis builds, doing everything from our plumbing to our mechanical to our renovations. We are both active members of our little community. We both take care of the plants and animals. He weeds, I harvest. He spreads manure, I plant. We raise multiple breeds of chickens for eggs and meat. We have a herd of Alpacas that we shear every year for their beautiful fiber, which we then have milled into ultra luxurious yarn. We make our own maple syrup, preserves and pickles. We raise bees for honey and herbs for medicine. We also raise pigs for meat and fun. We are the parents of two young children, and consider that our most important job. Follow our adventures here and also on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

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