How to Recycle Yankee Candles

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Yankee Candle Company candles, and other jarred candles, often burn down until they no longer can be burned safely. The jars and the remaining candle wax usually is thrown out. But the wax is usable. Recycling Yankee or other jarred candles is a crafty endeavor that is cost-friendly and eco-friendly.

Things You'll Need

  • Assorted jar candles (burned)
  • Large saucepan or double boiler
  • Disposable stirring sticks
  • Oven mitts
  • Disposable tongs
  • Empty 8 oz. candle jar
  • 12-inch anchored wick
  • Fill the pot or double boiler half full with water. For this task, use a 4- or 6-quart pan.

  • Place one of the jar candles into the center of the water-filled pan. Bring the pan to a slow boil.

  • Remove the burned wick from the melting wax in the jar. Discard it. Pour the melted wax from the candle into the clean, empty candle jar.

  • Place the 12-inch wick into the bottom of the jar, letting the anchor sink into the melted wax. Drape the excess wick over the side of the 8 oz. jar.

  • Place a second candle jar into the pot of boiling water. Lower the heat to a medium setting. Remove the wick from the melting wax, then transfer the wax from the jar to the one with the wick hanging over the side. Hold the wick to the outer side of the jar to keep it from falling in while you pour the wax.

  • Repeat these steps with assorted jars of partial candles until you have achieved 8 oz. of wax. Ordinarily, a Yankee or other jar candle leaves about an ounce or two of wax that can't be used, depending on the size of the jar in which the wax is molded.

Tips & Warnings

  • This allows you the creative ability to make layered candles of varying colors and scents. With enough practice, people won't realize that you have recycled jar candles to make your new one.
  • Photo Credit UpperCut Images/Valueline/Getty Images
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