***Edited to include safety tips!*** Thanks for the suggestion, Sewmawmaw!
Not quite sure what to do with your used Advent candles? I wasn’t either. Most years, we pack them up with the wreath and they hang out in the garage, but this is Texas and they almost never survive our long, hot summers.
This year, I had resolved to just toss them. I was having trouble doing it, though, because for the first time ever, we rolled our own candles for Advent. I couldn’t bear to let the beautiful beeswax go to waste, so I decided to give our little candles some new life.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN!
…no really, go read them…
Done? OK, let’s move on.
Unroll your candles and remove the leftover wicks (we reused one, and I tossed the others.)
In a double boiler, melt down the candles.
Pour melted wax into a clean glass jar. I used an empty tealight holder.
Step Four (optional):
Add a few drops of your fave essential oil to the still-hot wax. We used lavender.
As the wax begins to harden, hold the wick directly in the middle of the jar. Alternatively, you can tape a cotton wick to a popsicle stick and lay it across the top of the jar, letting the wick hang into the wax.
What do you do with your Advent candles at the end of the season? Tell us about it!