how to re-wick and refill candle holders

Candles make my heart melt! If you know me then you know that I love decorating any and everything with candles. It’s also the top item on my Christmas list each year! Yes, I absolutely love candles 🙂 

It’s become a daily ritual in our home to light candles because it feels amazing…creates a relaxing and warm welcoming setting (not to mention sophisticated too!) 

Recently, I was gifted some candles in fancy holders that I used everyday until I ran out of wax 😦

I didn’t want to get rid of the holders so I decided to do some quick research on how to re-wick/ refill wax into existing holders…and off to Hobby Lobby I went! 

Note: This was a first attempt in re-wicking/refilling candles so I bought the least amount of supplies to get me going. 


Here’s the list of items I bought from Hobby Lobby: 

  1. White Waxed Wick with Wick Tabs
  2. Natural Soy Wax – 2 Pounds
  3. Jasmine Liquid Candle Fragrance (or another fragrance of your choice)
  4. Boil Bags
  5. Bamboo Skewer Sticks 
  6. High Temp Mini Glue Gun
  7. All-Purpose Mini Glue Sticks


Other stuff you’ll need (you may already have this around the house)

  1. Hot Water
  2. Dishwashing Soap & (old) Sponge
  3. Paper Towels 
  4. ½ Measuring Cup 
  5. Tablespoon 
  6. Paper Clips or Tape (optional)


Prepare Your Candle Holders

  1. First, remove any existing wax that you didn’t burn out of your candle holders by washing out the holders with hot water, dishwashing soap, and sponge.  Take a paper towel and dry off the holders. You can either keep the sponge (for future candle holder washes) or discard of it. IMG_7566
  2. Secondly, using the hot glue gun – glue the wicks to the bottom of the holder. You can get creative and place more wicks in your holder (depending on the size). However, ensure they’re not too close to the rim of the holder otherwise the flame may jeopardize the integrity of the holder. 
  3. Next, lay the skewers against the wicks (over the holder) to prevent the wicks from tipping over. You can alternatively use a paper clip or tape to secure the top of each wick and skewer 

Melt The Wax

  1. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. IMG_7571
  2. Fill your boil bags with ½ cups of wax and place the bag into the boiling water. I decided to hold & kept the top of the bag open so I can add more wax as it melted.   
  3. Once the wax is completely melted, add in 4-5 drops of the fragrance and use a spoon to gently stir in the scent around the wax. 

Note: You can make more batches of melted wax if you’re planning to make difference scents and or refilling multiple candles holders.

  1. Remove the boil bag from the water and carefully pour the melted wax into the prepared candle holders. You may need to hold your wick in place for 20-30 seconds to help stabilize the wick after you’ve poured the wax.IMG_7573IMG_7575IMG_7576
  2. Let the wax set and harden for 24 hours 
  3. Once the wax hardens, trim the wicks to your desired length. 
  4. Lastly, remove your sticks (or clips/tape) and light up your newly refilled candle(s)! IMG_7578


Give this a try and share your experience with me! As always, let me know if you have any questions or feedback. Also, let me know if you modified the process or found another method to any of the steps above. I’d love to know what you did differently 🙂


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