Clever Ways to Repurpose Leftover Candle Wax


After enjoying the warm glow and soothing ambiance of candles, many of us find ourselves left with small remnants of wax.  Rather than tossing them away, why not get creative and repurpose that leftover candle wax?  In this blog post we’ll explore four practical and innovative ways to make the most of every last bit of wax.

  1. Smooth Out Wooden Drawers: If you’ve ever struggled with stubborn wooden drawers that refuse to open or close smoothly, candle wax can help.  Simply rub a small amount of wax along the edges of the drawers to provide a friction-reducing coating.  With this quick fix, your drawers will be gliding effortlessly.
  2. Seal Letters with Style: In an age of digital communication, there’s something special about receiving a heartfelt letter or birthday card in the mail.  Add an elegant touch to your correspondence by repurposing colourful candle wax to seal your envelopes.  Melt the wax and apply it to the envelope flap with a wax seal stamp or by gently pouring it.  The result?  A chick and personalised seal that will impress any recipient.
  3. Restore Frayed Shoelaces: We’ve all experienced the frustration of frayed shoelaces that seem impossible to salvage.  Instead of replacing them, why not give them a new lease of life with some melted candle wax?  Dip the frayed ends into the melted wax or carefully drip the wax onto them.  Once dry, your shoelaces will regain their structural integrity, and you’ll be ready to hit the ground running once again.
  4. Create DIY Fire Starters: One of the most popular ways to repurpose leftover candle wax is by transforming it into fire starters.  This method is especially useful if you have a wood-burning fireplace or if you frequently go camping.  Here’s an easy guide to making your own DIY fire starters using candle wax:



  • Cardboard egg carton
  • Dryer lint
  • Melted wax


  1. Place a small amount of dryer lint at the bottom of each compartment in your cardboard egg carton. The lint acts as an effective tinder for starting the fire.
  2. Carefully pour the melted wax over the dryer lint, ensuring it fills each compartment evenly. The wax will serve as a fuel source, helping to ignite and sustain the fire.
  3. Allow the wax to cool and solidify completely.
  4. Once solid, cut apart each egg compartment to create individual fire starters.
  5. When you’re ready to start a fire, simply light one of the compartments in your fireplace or fire pit. The combination of the lint and wax will provide a steady flame, making fire ignition hassle-free.
  6. Cover the dryer lint with the melted wax.


Don’t let leftover candle wax go to waste!  By following these creative suggestions, you can breathe new life into old wax and reduce unnecessary waste.  From smoothing out wooden drawers to creating personalised wax seals and practical fire starters. There’s no limit to the innovative ways you can repurpose your leftover candle wax.  Embrace your resourcefulness and enjoy the satisfaction of giving new purpose to something that would otherwise be discarded.