Wondering what to do with old candle jars? There are so many ways that you can reuse them long after their lovely scent is gone.
Funny enough, I was not a candle-loving person until about 2018.
Before then, I was content with scent plugins and the occasional reed diffuser.
Maybe it was the hands off factor? You can’t quite set and forget a candle…unless you don’t mind burning down a room or two.
2018 was the first year I went to the annual Bath & Body Works candle event and smelled all 79374 candles in there.
Lol, now I love almost everything about them!
Their flickering glow, the musky smell, the variety of scents, their ambiance…
I light a candle whenever I need to calm my nerves or motivate myself to clean.
Just about the only thing I don’t like about candles is the potential waste that they produce. Every time I burn a candle all the way down, I encounter the same dilemma.
What……do I do with this jar….?
And for the longest time, I didn’t have an answer! (Actually, that’s not true. For a while there, I was stacking them on top of each other and using it as a doorstop for our front door. Not ideal lol).
What I’ve learned is that the best thing to do is to upcycle them!
What is upcyling? Well, it’s turning something that would otherwise be considered trash and into something of value.
Upcycling is not only a great way to keep trash out of the landfill, but it’s a perfect way to create something else that you actually need.
When it comes to finding new uses for old candle jars, there are so many possibilities! When you’re reading them below, keep in mind that these ideas are great for mason jars as well as empty baby food jars too.
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Before you do anything with the candle jars, you need to be certain that the jar is completely clean and free of candle wax. If you don’t, you’re going to find yourself with a big waxy mess.
How to Clean Out Used Candle Jars – 2 Methods
The leftover wax at the bottom of every finished candle jar feels like the biggest obstacle but don’t fret! You can easily try the following jar cleaning solutions to get those old candle jars sparkly clean.
1. Freeze the wax
Put the jar in the freezer for a couple of hours and this will harden the leftover wax to the point where you can take a knife and nudge it all out. Afterwards, wash the jar with soap and wipe it clean.
2. Heat the bottom of the jar
If you can put the bottom of the jar in a basin of boiling hot water and leave it to sit for a few minutes, you might find that the warmth melts the wax, and you can quickly pour it out of the jar.
NEVER pour liquified wax down the drain! It will probably harden and clog your pipes. Just toss it in the trash or save it for another project!
Again, wash the jar with soap and wipe it clean.
See how many fun ways you can reuse old candle jars?
All of these upcycle ideas are fast, easy to do and unique as well. Instead of tossing that jar in the trash, do your best to find it a new home!
Do you have any other tips on how to repurpose used candle jars?