How To Reuse Your Candle Jars
Updated: Aug 29
Not only am I a candle maker, but I am also a candle buyer, and what ends up happening is that I end up with a lot of empty candle jars and containers as it seems so wasteful just to toss them.
But, what do you do with a candle jar when the candle has all gone? I figured I'd give you a few different ideas and ways that I like to re-use them.
Cleaning your Candle Jar
When the candle is finished, I use a teaspoon to get rid of as much of the wax as I can and also remove the metal tab that holds the candle wick in place. I then use hot, soapy water to get rid of any remaining residue.
You can also try putting your jar in the freezer for a few hours, as the wax will contract which will be easier for removing it.
So now that you've got a nice, clean candle container, here are various different ways to reuse your leftover containers.
A word of warning - Do not put your melted wax down the drain, it will cool and solidify which may end up clogging up your pipes.
Candle holders have all kinds of sizes, and some are perfect to be used for herb gardens.
Simply fill your jar with 3/4 soil, add your herb on top, cover them with more soil and sprinkle a little water to get it going.
Easy, quick and useful!
Candle Match Holder
Do you light your candles with candle matches? Well, they can be beautiful as well. You can get various colours, scents and designs, so why hide them in the box they come in?
Quick to do, just take your matches out of the box, and place them into your newly cleaned candle jar.
At some point, most of us have had a desk full of paperclips, pens and staples, so why not use your old candle jars to store these in?
Easy to find if you're using clear jars, and quick to grab and go. Perfect!
On the topic of storage, instead of buying storage for your self-care items and make-up, why not reuse your old glass containers. A very simple, yet effective and cost-efficient way to store your lipsticks, mascaras and eye-liner pencils to name a few.
Now you have a de-cluttered vanity unit, with an easy reach system for all your favourites!
If a herb-garden isn't your thing, then why not try a tiny terrarium? It works perfectly with a clear candle container and can look absolutely beautiful.
You'll need some basic garden materials, such as stones, potting soil, pebbles and plants, as well as activated charcoal - you don't need much of the activated charcoal, but a thin layer can help fight off bacterial growth and keeps water fresh!
Simply add a layer of pebbles to the bottom which will act as a drainage system. Add a very thin layer of activated charcoal. Layer down some potting soil and then add your plants!
A quick and easy process for a beautiful outcome.
If you empty your pockets at the end of the day and find yourself dealing with all kinds of change from coffee or snacks, you would benefit from having an empty candle jar at the front door or on your dresser so you can chuck your coins in there!
If one of the containers are small enough to fit in a cup-holder in your car, you can also do it this way.
When the container is full, change it up at a Coinstar or somewhere similar, and either donate to charity or treat yourself (on another candle).
I have left the easiest until last. Once you've washed all the wax out of your container, you're done!
You can use these washed glasses for alcoholic beverages on the rocks, or just to simply hold some water! It's completely up to you.
With various different sizes and designs that you may have, it can create a really cool tablescape if you're having a dinner party.
Now that you've read through all these creative yet simple ideas to reuse your candle containers, why not try some out? Take a picture of what you've done and post it on Facebook or Instagram and tag us @tranquilcandless so we can see your beautiful creations!
What other ideas can you add to this list that I haven't mentioned? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
I am currently looking at a safe and sustainable way for you to send your candle jars back to me, for a discount off your next purchase so more will be revealed in the future!
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Have a great week!