Every day, people dispose of numerous packaging materials at home and in the office. Ranging from plastic wrappers and bottles to tin cans and milk cartons – at the end of the day our garbage can is always full. And whether we like it or not, by doing so, we directly cooperate in polluting our environment and the planet.

So wouldn’t it be nice if we can recycle or re-use some of the empty or used wrappers and make something nice out of them? Not only does this help the environment, it also helps you to save money and treats you to a fun DIY activity to full up your day with. In this post, we’ll have a look at how you can easily turn your empty metal tin containers into beautiful home made candles by following 10 easy steps.

Making your own candles from leftover candle wax and empty tin containers is very easy and cheap. First, you’ll need to make sure that you have the following items at your disposal:

  • Empty metal tin containers
  • (leftover) candle wax
  • An old cooking pot
  • Long spoon
  • Tape
  • Chopsticks
  • Scissors or Knife
  • Candle wick


  • Essential oils
  • Food coloring
  • Glitters / decoration

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Step 1:

The first thing you’ll have to do is take an old pot (preferably one you do not use for cooing anymore) and fill it up with water. Turn up the heat until the water starts to boil. Then place your inner pot over your cooking pot and let the steam of the boiling water slowly warm it up.

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Step 2:

In the meanwhile, while you are waiting for the water to boil, you can choose the color and scent you want to use for your candles. Personally, I love the color purple and the smell of lavender so for me it was an easy choice!

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Step 3:

After deciding the color and scent of your candle and once the water has started to boil, you’ll be ready to start making the actual candles. Make sure that the boiling water has thoroughly heated up your inner pot. After this, lower the gas and carefully poor in your leftover candle wax into the inner pot.


Step 4:

Once you have poured in the candle wax, wait for the boiling water to melt it down. It is advisable not to throw in too much candle wax at the same time as this will slow down the process. Try to put just enough wax to fill up one tin container and repeat the same step for each candle you wish to make. Melting down the wax will take approximately 3 to 5 minutes.


Step 5:

COLOR IT UP! Now that your candle wax has turned liquid, it’s time to throw in the food coloring, glitters, and essential oils to personalize the appearance of your candle. Simply add the necessary amount of each component to get the color and scent of your liking.

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Step 6:

After you added the coloring and scent of our liking, let the candle wax boil for a couple more minutes. Then, take it off the gas and let the wax cool down for just a second. While you let it cool down, grab your metal tin container and place a candle wick into the middle. Don’t spent too much time on this as the wax will harden relatively fast! Then, carefully pour the hot candle wax into your small metal container and fill it up till the edge.

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Step 7:

Once you have filled up the tin with candle wax, double check whether the wick is still in place. After that, you can use a pair of chopsticks to make sure that your wick won’t move or fall over while the candle wax is hardening. This is also the time when you can add some more glitters or other type of small decorations to give your candles an extra pop!

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Step 8:

Put your tin filled with candle wax aside and let it harden for approximately 30 to 120 minutes depending on the size of the tin can you are using. In the meanwhile, you can repeat the 7 steps above to make some more candles with different colors and smells.

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Step 9:

After one to two hours, the candle wax should be completely hardened and your home made candles are almost finished. Right now, all what’s left to do is to carefully cut off the wick at the right length after which your DIY candles will be ready for usage!


Step 10:

Voilà your tin candles are now finished and you’re the proud owner of your own pretty homemade candles. Simply lit up the wick and enjoy the scent and beauty of your self-made candle tins.


And there you have it. Ten easy steps to make your own cheap home-made candles using nothing but left-overs. This DIY project is a fun weekend activity for friends and families with young children. Not only will you have fun and save money, you’ll also re-use your left-over tins and help reduce the amount of packaging waste that we throw away on a daily basis.


If you wish to make your own candle tins but do not have any empty cans at your disposal, you can check out the website of uCan-Packaging – an online wholesaler of cheap tin containers and custom tins.

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