Every season I stock up on new candles and find myself left with a lot of mostly empty candle jars. This past year Chesapeake Bay Candle sponsored a couple of posts here on Honey & Pine and their candle jars are absolutely gorgeous! They are a thick frosted glass and, depending on the candle line, may come in a variety of colors. The ones I had from the Mind & Body Collection were soft pink, blue, and purple. There was no way I was going to throw them out so I decided to repurpose them in my home office over the summer after I used them up. The candle jars from the second collection are a soft frosted white so I repurposed them to be used in our master bathroom. Now they are gorgeous holders for my makeup brushes, hair ties, and cotton balls. 🙂
It’s ridiculously easy to do and once you’ve cleaned them up there are a ton of different ways to dress them up. You could add lace, burlap, or twine around the outside of the candle jar if you want to change out the outward appearance. You could also add knobs to the top of the lid if you keep the lid and it doesn’t have a decorative item already on it. Be creative!
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First, a few safety tips:
- Sudden extreme changes in temperature can cause glass to shatter or explode so be careful when moving glass from the freezer to the oven, etc.
- Follow all standard safety precautions when working with blades or sharp objects. Wear gloves and protect your eyes when needed.
Ok, let’s get started. There are a lot of ways to remove the leftover wax at the bottom of the candle jar once you’ve burned up all you can. One really popular method is to line a baking sheet with parchment paper, turn the candle upside down, and bake it at a very low temp (like 180-degrees) to let the wax drip out. I prefer to just stick it in the freezer for about an hour. Once the wax is frozen break it up with a pocket knife or any sharp object and it falls out in pieces.
Once I get all of the wax pieces out of the jar I toss the one that are ash-coated from being near the wick and save the clean pieces in a glass jar in the freezer. I’ll reuse the clean pieces later in a wax warmer so I can enjoy every last piece of my favorite scents.
The wick plate at the bottom of the jar should slip right off with the blade but if you’re dealing with a stubborn wick you have two choices – pop it in the oven as described above to melt the adhesive or soak it. I usually soak it. Put 2 – 3 drops of dish soap around the wick, rub it around the area with your index finger, then fill the jar with hot water. Let it soak for about 20 minutes and the wick plate should lift right off.
To remove the label you can usually either peel it off or scrape the vinyl lettering with a razor blade. I don’t stress over that too much because if it’s stubborn I cover the jar with lace, burlap, twine, etc. to make it pretty. Wash the inside and outside of the candle jar with soap and a sponge or microfiber cleaning cloth then put it in the dishwasher. You don’t have to run it through a dishwashing cycle but I always do just to get a good scrub to remove any remaining ash, wax residue, etc. You’ll be left with a shiny new candle jar.
That’s it! Now just dress them up any way you’d like and enjoy your new repurposed jars. If you need ideas for dressing up your repurposed candle jars consider…
- Wrapping the jar with lace ribbon
- Wrapping the jar with burlap
- Wrapping the jar with twine or using twine to add a bow around the burlap
- Adding a knob to the top of the lid (like these pretty crystal knobs or these kid-friendly lego inspired knobs)
- Turn them into a hand soap pump by adding a spout. You’ll need a DIY soap spout like the one found here. It’s easy to do, just make sure you buy the right size for the top of your jar.
You can fill them with anything you’d like. Sometimes I use them to organize my home office by letting them hold paperclips, binder clips, and pens. Other times I use them in the guest bathroom to hold cotton balls, cotton swabs, and hand soap (see idea above). The ones in the pictures below are in my master bathroom holding my makeup brushes, makeup sponges, hair ties, bobby pins, etc. They can do anything you want so be creative with it.
As a last warning – it is not advisable to use old candle jars to store food or to use as eating or drinking glassware. Depending on the manufacturer the jars may have contained chemicals which were not removed during cleaning. If you want to use the repurposed candle jars to store food, to eat from, or as drinking glasses please contact the manufacturer and confirm that it is safe to do so.
Do you repurpose your glass candle jars? Any tutorial tips to add? Tweet me @ashleyfromhp or drop them below. Oh, and don’t forget to pin this post to your DIY boards.