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!