Intricate designs can sometimes cause the candles to drip, but any leftover beeswax from a candle isn’t wasted. You can use it to make tealights.
How to make tea light candles:
All you need to do is collect leftover beeswax in a cheap non-stick cooking pot and buy some reusable tea-light holders (you can even re-use the metal holders) and wicks.
For tea lights you don’t need to collect that much beeswax as long as you have enough to fill at least a couple of holders.
If you have a lot of wax, you can melt it in stages, otherwise it can take ages to melt.
Rather than buying an expensive candle melt pot, I simply use one I bought in a Pound shop – really cheap. You don’t need to spend a fortune on that.
Melt the wax in the pot on a low heat on the hob. It will take about 10 – 15 mins for all the wax to melt depending how much there is; the more wax, the longer it takes.
Keep an eye on the melting wax to avoid burning.
And once you’ve made them, you can use a large ivy leaf and cones for decoration.
But remember – always burn your candles and tea lights safely on a heat-proof surface.
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