You may be lighting a lot of candles this winter. This means you will undoubtedly end up with more of an old enemy: wax candle stubs. What do you do with those tiny wax nubbins? Continue reading for more information!
SAFETY NOTE: Be careful when handling melted wax. It can ignite and is highly flammable. It can cause fires if left on the stove. After a fire, we don’t want you to have to remodel your New York kitchen.
For certain projects, candle wax is a great lubricant. You can use wax to smoothen sticky drawers. To make it open and close smoothly, run a stub across the drawer’s edges. You might need to sand the drawer if it is still sticking. This could be because it has become swollen due to humidity. Call a handyman if none of these methods work. Your furniture may need to be repaired!
You can also use wax to make sticky zippers.
- New Candles
You can melt candle stubs and make new DIY candles. To slowly melt the wax into liquid, heat a saucepan on low heat. There are many options for candle making.
For classic dipped candles, cut a length (available at craft shops), place your fingers or tongs in its center, then lower it into the wax. Let the wax dry completely before you dip again. Hang finished candles to dry completely before you store them.
Dipped candles are great gifts and lighting options. You can either melt multiple pots of wax to make candles in different colors or rainbow-dipped candles if you are concerned about muddied candles. Candle dye is also an option.
There are many candle molds available in different sizes and shapes. This makes candle making easy for those who don’t want to dip.
- Candle Glue
Do you know how candles can shift when they are placed on trays or new tapers wobble when they are put into a candle holder? The solution is in candle stubs. Although too small to provide much light, they can still produce enough wax to make a few drops. This molten wax acts as a glue to hold down new candles.
- Fire Starters
To make a fire starter that has some flair, you can dip a pinecone in melted wax. Let it dry. You can leave the cones to be decorative, but once the fire is lit, the flammable wax will ignite the flames. If you wish to add sparkle to your flames, you can add salt to the wax.
You can also mix dryer lint and candle wax in cardboard egg cartons. Although it doesn’t look very appealing, it can be used as a fire starter. Simply tear an egg cup off and place it in the fire.
- Wax-Resist Death
Many cultures use wax resist dye to create stunning, colorful fabrics such as batik. You will need a candle stub and fabric dye. Also, you will need lengths of natural fabric (cotton or silk are the most popular). The stub can be used to draw patterns on the fabric before you did it in the dye. Once the dye is absorbed, the cloth will be processed. This tutorial is from someone who has visited the capital of batik making.
- Conditioner for Leather
Leather conditioning is based on wax, which is the oldest material used. Melted wax can be used to treat leather projects that require water resistance. Too many layers of wax can cause the leather to stiffen. For example, members of the Society for Creative Anachronisms use wax to protect their leather armor parts. You can make the leather waterproofed by adding a few layers of softened wax mixed with olive or grape seed oils to it.
- Protect Your Packages
Do you not hate when packages don’t get to where they need to be? The wax acts as a sealant and keeps the lettering intact, even when it gets wet.