As I’ve gotten older, I’ve made a conscious effort to be a smarter consumer. I tend to buy products that have multiple uses and can serve some purpose once the product inside its container is gone. Enter candles. About two years ago, I had accumulated four or five half-burned candles that would get used once or twice a week. Last year, after yet another move, I vowed to use up these candles before I even thought about buying a new one. The result was four to five empty glass jars, some with lids others without. Today, I’m sharing with you how I’ve repurposed empty candle jars and hopefully inspire you to hold onto your candle jars after they’re done burning.
Clean Out the Jars
Before you starting throwing things in the jar, it’s important to clean it out. For me, the most irritating part of cleaning out the jar is removing the metal base of the wick. After a lot of trial and error, a few broken glass jars and a little bit of Googling, I’ve solved this mystery.
Burn the candle all the way down until there is next-to-no wax left in the jar and the wick goes out on it’s own. Then while it’s still hot, pour some hot water into the jar and cover with the lid or a plate. After about twenty seconds, the hot water and steam will loosen the metal wick fastener from the bottom of the jar. Then it’s as easy as dumping out the water, throwing out the fastener and drying out the jar.
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If there are a few wax remnants and black char left on the inside of the jar, I’ll take a warm rag and wipe it out as best as I can. If I’m doing a load in the dishwasher, then I’ll chuck it in there as well or I’ll hand wash it to get it clean.
A Few Repurposing Ideas:
Pen Holder – There are few things that irk me quite like random pens on every surface. I grew up with multiple pen cups in the house growing up and I am a huge advocate for them. That being said, I find that a lot of the ones in stores are either metal mesh, overly girly and/or cheap quality. I really like the simplicity (and functionality) of a glass jar. The best thing is that if you find yourself needing multiple pen jars in your home, it doesn’t matter that the jar shapes may not match because they are simple, clean glass jars.
Coin Jar – I think I first learned of a coin jar on Arthur growing up, but other shows may have called them ‘swear jars.’ I’ve always kept onto change for as long as I remember so it was a no-brainer for me to have one in my own home. Tuck hates having change so I always get stuck with it and I’m sure you know just how heavy an abundance of change can make your bag. Once the jar fills up, take the change to a bank and have them exchange it for cash and start all over again!
Makeup Brush/Tooth Brush Holder – Self-explanatory, no? When it comes to your makeup brushes, treat them nicely and give them a permanent home in a makeup brush holder. Same goes for a toothbrush holder. While they do makeup quite a few attractive makeup brush/toothbrush holders, but I can’t justify buying them knowing that I can use a clean, classic jar that is really a repurposed candle jar. Also, I like to wash my toothbrush holders every few weeks (you’d be surprised at the amount of toothbrush gunk that accumulates in the bottom of the jar) and I like that I don’t have to fuss with care instructions with this jar. I toss the jar in the dishwasher and don’t worry about it.
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Kitchen Storage – If you have a tall, wide candle jar and want to free up a drawer in your kitchen, I think it would make a perfect kitchen utensil jar. If you have a short, wide candle jar I think it would make a perfect salt storage container. I want to store salt next to the stove, but haven’t found the right container for it yet.
Do you like to repurpose empty candle jars in your home? Do you repurpose food jars? How do you style these things in your home?
How do you repurpose empty candle jars in your home?