I don’t know about you, but I enjoy a good tealight candle. However, they’re very limited in their scents and colors. So, what’s a witch to do? Upcycle them, of course! This tutorial came about because my Nana was here visiting and made mention while we were in the store that she wanted some scented tealight candles, but she didn’t want to pay $10 for four candles. That’s fine! I offered to make her some since I have a BUNCH of tealights (I typically buy them in bulk…because witchiness…)
My mom has some essential oils leftover from when she was a Young Living Distributor, so I just used those. Then, ya know, I have a child who loves to make things too so she offered up some crayons for the color. If you’ve got these lying around, why not take the time to make some candles specifically for you? This is also a helpful thing to do when you have a spell you want to do, but you want to give it an extra boost by having a corresponding candle.
What you’ll need
- Tealight Candle(s)
- Safe hot surface
- Essential Oils (if needed)
So the first thing you’re going to do is get your tealights together. I’ve done this before, so I was comfortable doing nine candles at once. If you’ve never done this before, I recommend starting with one candle and working your way up.
Place your tealights on your heated surface. I used a flat pan and my stove because that’s the easiest for me. Make sure the heat isn’t too high. You want to melt the wax but not burn it.
While your wax is melting, cut off the piece of crayon that you’re going to be using for the color. We used a deep purple color because that’s what my Nana wanted. Keep in mind that the color is going to look really dark when it’s melted, but it will lighten up as it dries.
Once the wax is melted, use the tweezers to carefully pull the wick and wick holder out of the candles. Set these aside, you’re going to need them later.
Place the piece of the crayon into the melted wax and give it a stir with the toothpick. PLEASE BE CAREFUL IN THIS STEP. DO NOT BURN YOURSELF!
Once you’ve got the crayon in the wax, remove the candle from the heat CAREFULLY. Continue stirring the wax with the toothpick until the color has all been incorporated into the wax. Let the candles sit and cool for a minute or two.
If you’re adding essential oils, now is the time to do so. You want the wax to have cooled slightly, but not enough that it’s hard to stir. Add 5-10 drops of essential oil to your candle.
Use the tweezers to place the wick and wick holder back into the center of each candle. If you have to, use another toothpick to hold the wick up and keep it from falling into the wax.
There you go! A personalized candle just for you! You can even use the links below to get supplies from Amazon. These links are affiliate links, just so ya know. See below for links and a printer-friendly version of this tutorial.
Upcycle Tealight Candles
- Tealight Candles
- Safe Heated Surface
- Essential Oils (optional)
- Place your candle(s) on the heated surface.
- Let the wax melt.
- Use the tweezers to carefully pull the wicks out from the center. Be sure to pull the wick and wick holder from the candle.
- Break off a piece of the crayon and add it to the melted candle. This will give your candle color. NOTE: The color will not be as dark as it appears. It does dry lighter!
- Carefully remove the candle(s) from the heat.
- Slowly mix the crayon and wax together, being careful not to burn yourself.
- Let the wax sit for 2 minutes.
- OPTIONAL — Add 5-10 drops of essential oil and slowly stir the wax.
- Use the tweezers to place the wick that you took out back into the center of the candle. If necessary, use another toothpick to keep the wick from falling into the wax.
- Let the candles cool!