How To: Reuse Glass Candle Jars

Thursday, January 17, 2013

I have been planning this post for a while, but I haven't had time to actually put my plan into action but tonight, I set about doing it and I am so happy about the results! My love of candles is no secret on this blog, and will probably become more evident over the coming weeks, but I've amassed some jar jar candles and I was wondering what to do with them until I spotted a really cool idea that Gemma from Boxed, Bagged and Bidded did with hers, so I stole it and made it my own!

There are various methods for cleaning out old candle jars, but my preferred method is this one. I apologise for the state of our hob in this photo too, we're not the tidiest of students right now, especially with all the work stress that is going on! The first thing you have to do it heat the jar WITH the water up to just under a boil. Don't put the jar in hot water straight away as it will just smash, so heating both at the same time is critical. When it's boiling, take it off the hob and leave the wax to melt. It will probably take a little while but it depends how much wax is left, in my jars there was loads, so I waited until the edges had melted and took the rest out with a spoon. Once you wax is melted, you can pour the wax away. I chose to put it in a glass ramekin so I can melt it in the future you make a new candle out of (no doubt a future post!) Then all you need to do is take a dry, fluffy cloth that yo don't mind throwing away after, and buff the last bits of  wax away, and any soot which may have formed around the top of the candle jar. 


Then, you fill them with anything you want to! I've chosen to fill mine with various cotton wool balls, pads and buds because I use all of these regularly. I plan on decorating these to make them look more snazzy, but you get the idea. 

How do you reuse your jars? This idea can also work with old coffee jars, and are much easier to clean out!

48 comments:

  1. Great idea!

    caperepulchra.blogspot.com xo

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  2. This is such a good idea! I'll definitely be doing this when my Yankee candles finish up!

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  3. really useful post, i'm coming to the end of a yankee candle so Ill be using this then to clean it up :) x

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    1. It also melts the wick base off too so you don't have to try and scrape them out.

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  4. Oh wow what a fantastic idea!1 Great post :)

    Love Emily xx

    http://love-x-beauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. They look great, an excellent idea!

    whatlozziedid.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I plan on making them a bit more pretty with some ribbons in the near future!

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  6. I would have never thought of that myself!

    www.justshazea.blogspot.com

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  7. Get some Modge Podge and put some Lace round them! Google it, there's loads of tutorials! X

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  8. definitely stealing this idea! i love yankee candles but they leave so much remaining wax in the jar at the end! x

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  9. I just did this! It worked like a charm. Now I can finally find something to do with all my bath and body works candles! Thank you to the both of you!

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    1. Yay! I am so glad it worked. It's a bit of an effort but I think it's so worth it.

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  10. I do this with jam bottles too! xD

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  11. Ooooh, glad I inspired you to re-use them. You can also use the leftover bits of wax on top of a wax burner - especially the good quality ones as the scent lasts ages with them. Or re-wick them in a smaller votive (I noticed some leftover wax prior to you cleaning the jars out)....more food for thought eh? x Gem (wwwblackstarrynight.blogspot.co.uk)

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    1. Thanks so much for the heads up Gemma :) I did that, I've save it so I can make some uber cool multicoloured candle with them :D

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  12. I tried to reuse a candle jar by putting it in the freezer... I think I left it in there for too long because when I tried to dig the wax out, it shattered and it made a mess, plus I nearly cut myself... I think I might give it another go though using your method :)

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    1. Oh no that's terrible! I've never tried this freezer method but everyone I've seen that has has ended up shattering the glass :(

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  13. This is genius! And I was only thinking this morning I'd love something to store cotton pads in. I shall be trying this at some stage :) x

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  14. So handy! I always end up scraping the wax out and it just gets really messy.

    Lindsey. x
    www.elegant-chaos.blogspot.com

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  15. OOO I LOVE THIS! will totally be trying this out with the snow day happen right now!

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  16. I love this idea, Sara! You have an awesome blog :)

    robsarellax.blogspot.com

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  17. Wow, thank you for the idea of how to melt candle jars!
    I was thinking that if I managed to find a candle jar, I would use it to make some sort of decoration in my room! ^^

    http://www.joyjoii.blogspot.com

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  18. Excellent idea thank you so much for sharing.
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  19. That's such a clever idea! :) x

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  20. Its so funny that I'm reading this now. I did this same thing about 2 weeks ago and I put some bobby pins and hair elastics in mine. Great post :-)

    xx Christal xx
    LipstickAndPonytails.com

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    1. I am hoping to find 2 smaller jars and use them for these now, thanks for the idea!

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  21. love this idea and will be doing this with my finished candles for sure!!

    http://thisgirlloveschic.blogspot.co.uk/

    xx

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  22. I love this idea, I'll definitely be using my old glass candles this way xx

    Lucy Loves To Blog

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  23. thank you for this! ive stored a few jars so i'm going to give this ago now.
    clairemae.blogspot.com

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  24. this is very intresting

    great idea!

    http://theprincessoflondon.blogspot.co.uk/

    Hope x

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