I don’t know about you, but anytime I see my candles starting to run out, I feel so sad! I always know I’m going to miss my favorite scents until I get around to picking up some more. But in the meantime- I find myself itching to make something new and creative to give my poor old candle jars a new life!
Cleaning your jar
Before you do anything else, you’re going to have to clean the leftover wax out of your candle!
So- be careful and check out these easy wax-removal tips:
Using a hair dryer, melt any remaining wax left in your jar. Pour any excess wax into another container!
Boil enough water to fill your candle, put your jar on a protective surface (dish cloth, oven mit, stove top, etc), and slowly pour the water into your candle. The wax chunks should loosen and float to the top.
Freeze it! Pop your candle into the freezer for a day or so and when you take it out, the wax should slide right out when turned upside down. If it gets a little stuck, use a butter knife or spoon to shimmy the wax out of the jar.
Looking to clean more than one? Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, set your oven to 200°F, and put your candles upside down. After about 15 minutes the wax should have melted down to the aluminum. Using oven mitts, remove the tray from the oven and remove the candles from the pools of wax.
Wax- aromatic to the last drop!
Don’t just throw out the leftover wax from your candles! That’s a waste of the beautiful scent you so carefully picked out!
If you choose to go the freezing or boiling route when removing the wax from your candle, pull out your favorite wax melter and make sure to use up the last chunks of wax that way!
If you decide to melt your wax to remove it, carefully pour any excess into a silicone, heat safe ice cube tray, or in a dish lined with wax paper. Once poured, place the wax in the freezer to set and once hardened, enjoy in a wax melter of your choice!
Easy DIY ideas!
If you like the look of sleek, clean glass as much as I do, you can reuse our jars for a variety of purposes without having to add anything to them! But if you’re interested in customizing them to match your vibe, here are our top tips!
Using painter’s tape and spray paint, add a design of gold, silver, or whatever color you like to add flare to your new stylish organizer jars for your desk.
Add a strip of white board adhesive or use blackboard paint to create adorable, customizable labels to spruce up your linen closet or bathroom. No more cluttered cotton balls, Q-tips, or makeup!
Looking for the trendy terracotta pot vibe? Pour a cup of acrylic paint in your favorite color, add some baking soda and paint your jars! Once dry, you’ll get the New Mexico desert vibes your home is begging for.
With spring on the way, save your jars to use as vases to showcase your beautiful new blooms!
Add any other items you might just have lying around otherwise and turn them into an attractive display. Sand and seashells, dog or cat treats, hard candies, small strands of string lights, etc, all put on show bring a whole new aesthetic to a room!
More complicated DIYs…
If you’re more of a hardcore do it yourself-er, and are willing to devote a little more time to a project, we’ve got a few ideas there too!
Make an adorable little cloche to house any of your small display items! Take any delicate statue or figurine, surround it with some craft stuffing, add a strand of fairy lights, and top with one of our jars turned upside down, and you’ll have the most ethereal piece of decor for an end table or shelf! The same simple cloche idea works just as well with a fake succulent or silk flowers!
If you truly want a new candle, try out one of my favorite hacks! Using a few different candles that won’t burn anymore, remove the wax and choose one jar to clean. After it’s clean, take a new wick (check out your local craft stores!), place it in the center of the candle, and wrap the top of the wick over a skewer or popsicle stick so it stays in place. Once your wick is ready, pour the melted wax from your old candles into your prepared jar! If you pour one at a time and allow the layers to harden, you’ll have a new smell every time you burn your new candle! Or, you can pour a few different waxes at the same time and get a swirl pattern, with a harmonious blend of fragrances!
If you’re a proud plant parent, maybe a small scale terrarium is more your speed! Add some soil, sand, or decorative stones to the bottom of your jar, and the plant of your choice! Anything from aloe, to moss, to cacti, to other low maintenance succulents can all fit inside your cleverly designed personal terrarium! Any little touches you want to add to your design is totally up to you!
Also, don’t forget! Our Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wine glass candles are specially designed to be repurposed. Once cleaned, these stunning glasses will make a fantastic addition to your wine cabinet!
Bottom line- whatever you choose to do with your candle once it’s run out is totally up to you! Get creative, spend an hour on pinterest, and get to releasing your creative juices right away!
(Recipe credits: New York Times’ Classic Hot Chocolate recipe by Melissa Clark; Shaken Together’s French Vanilla Hot Cocoa recipe by Melissa Riker; Tasty’s Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate recipe by Ellie Holland; Well Plated’s French Hot Chocolate recipe by Erin Clarke)
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