The solution to the votive candle problem you’ve all been worrying about

Actually, this solves two problems:
1. After All Souls you have a whole pile of half-used tea lights – you don’t feel right keeping them for next year because you want to give people a ‘fresh’ one, so what do you do with them all?
2. You want to give out those 10cm by 1cm votive candles at a service (let’s not go into why – maybe it’s Easter, or a baptism) but they just don’t stand up on their own, and you have to provide everyone with those little card circles to catch the drips, and it’s a bit of a faff.
So, what do you do?
1. Re-light your tea-light, and wait for a small puddle of wax to form, approximately 1cm in diameter.
2. Stick the bottom of your 10cm votive candle into the puddle of hot wax (this will extinguish the flame as it squashes it) and hold it steady for a few seconds as the wax begins to harden.
3. Leave for 10 minutes to harden completely, and hey presto, you have a 10cm candle that stands up on its own, catches its own drips, and makes those old tea-lights feel as if they still have something to offer.
You don’t have to do one at a time, you can do large batches at once, and you can do it while you’re doing something else, such as talking on the phone.

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