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Five Ways to Repurpose Candle Jars

5 Ways to Repurpose Candle Jars

I am a candle hoarder, lover, obsessor. I must have a different scent in each room of my apartment. Not to mention that you must have different scents for different seasons. Come on, I cannot burn a coconut beach smelling candle at Christmas, that is just madness!

Because of all the candles that I use, I end up with a lot of beautiful candle jars. Now normally when you get to the end of a candle the glass is a bit dirty and black. Candles never seem to burn through all of their wax at the bottom (it is 2017, how has no one fixed that yet??) Your typical response would be to throw them away!!! Don’t! They can be used in so many different ways around your house. Sometimes I honestly base what candles I do buy on what containers they come in.

I normally purchase my candles from Bath and Body Works, HomeGoods and Target. Yes, I am aware that Bath and Body Works candles are expensive, but I am signed up for their email program. They constantly send you discount codes, coupons, and % off products. I don’t think I have paid full price for a candle there in years.

Many people may have no idea that it is so easy to clean out candles to look brand new and then reuse the containers for different purposes around your house. In this post I am going to show you how to make the containers look like new as well as five ways to repurpose the jars.

The Clean Out:

Step 1: Burn that candle until you cannot burn it anymore. It is the biggest help when you are trying to clean these out to burn the candle until it will no longer light. That means there is less wax and products in there that you will need to eliminate later on.


Step 2: Freeze it. Once I have burned my candles until the last drop is left, I take the candle and stick it in the freezer for 12 – 24 hours. I typically place it in there right before I go to bed and then start the cleaning process the next morning. Freezing the candles makes the wax seize up and become very hard and brittle. It also makes the wax detach from the container a bit which is helpful.


Step 3: Cracking the wax. Once the candles have been in the freezer for at least half a day take them out, it is time to start cleaning. I take my candle and place it on either a towel or something padded; I used my drying mat for my dishes. This ensures you don’t break them. I then grab a dull butter knife and start to press it into the frozen wax. Start in the center and near the wicks, those spots tend to break the easiest. As the pieces start to break, throw them away. You should easily be able to break the wax out of the holder.

Step 4: Wash them. Surprisingly enough really good dish soap and super hot water do the rest of the work for you. I fill my sink up with hot water and soap and let the candles sit in there for 5 mins. The soap helps clean the dirt that the wick may have left behind and the hot water helps disintegrate the glue on the labels and the wicks. After they have been sitting, take a sponge and start to wash the inside of the container, just as you would with dirty glassware. Then you should easily be able to peel off the labels. Just keep the water as hot as you can stand with a lot of soap and once the candles look and feel clean, set it aside to dry!

That is it folks 4 easy steps to cleaning candle containers. Now here are 5 things you can do with them….

1. Bathroom Essentials Storage:

In your bathroom you could have cotton balls, q-tips, makeup remover tissue squares and tooth picks. But all those tiny items, that seem to go constantly missing, come in crappy bags that you do not want to display in your bathroom. Well here is a perfect opportunity to organize all of those. For this one, I have placed my q-tips and cotton balls in the container. I have one of these in my bathroom as well as on my makeup table. I also have one that holds hair ties and bobby pins.

2. Makeup Storage:

I am a very visual person when it comes to my makeup. The more products I can see, the better chance I have of using them. Although a lot of times we store makeup in drawers, it is sometimes nice to display them out on top of the table. Candle Jars are amazing for that. For this one I showed my jar of Mascaras. You can also do eye and lip liners, brushes, makeup sponge holder and a tools container. There are a lot of beauty products that perfectly fit into candle jars.

3. Tea Storage:

As you might be able to tell from my drink station I am a big beverage fan. Many loose leaf teas come in plastic bags and once you open them you have to store them somehow so they don’t go stale. Which calls for a candle jar with the lid! I have one jar that has loose leaf tea in it with a scoop for the perfect cup of tea in an instant. I have one full on my favorite Mexican hot chocolate mix. And another that holds my tea bags that I no longer have the box for. Building off this idea, if you have the large Yankee candle jars with a lid you can use them to store pasta, flour or even dog cookies. Don’t underestimate the power of a repurposed candle jar in the kitchen.

4. Fragrance Sample Holder:

I don’t know about you but it seems every time I make an online order I end up with fragrance sample bottles. Sephora loves to give those tiny suckers away which I don’t really mind, but when you end up with 15 mini glass bottles, it becomes an issue. I love storing them in the reused candle jars. It give them a bit more of an elegant touch then just having a ton of tiny bottle sitting on your table that can fall over at any minute. I also chose a tinted glass that matches my bedding. And because it is glass you can still see all of the bottles and which ones they are so you can grab and go whenever you need. With how expensive perfume is these days, I am more than happy to save my money and keep these tiny bottles in my cute jar as added room décor.

5. Plant Container

With the wonderful idea that spring is just around the corner (if it ever stops raining here). This is the perfect time to use those left over containers to put plants in. For this example I had the perfect little cactus which you can get in many local stores or at your farmers market. All you need is just a little bit of potting plant mix and the plant. I added a little bit of soil and water to the bottom, than I stuck the cactus into the container and covered the top with just a little bit more of the soil and a touch of water. These are great for herbs. I have several already that I made a few weeks ago. I have mint, basil, rosemary and thyme all in cute matching repurposed candle containers.

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