How to Repurpose Candle Jars
I love candles year round. But in the fall and winter months I light candles most nights. I love to light candles on rainy evenings and snowy weekends. Just a forecast for snow has me running around lighting a candle in the kitchen or family room coffee table.But, my love for candles means I have quite a few empty glass jars that I hate to toss. So many of my favorite candles are because of the glass jars.
All of these candles have one thing in common: great packaging! The jars are made from glass or metal which makes them perfect to recycle.
For me, candles are the closest thing to a wood-burning fireplace in a state that has largely banned wood-burning fireplaces in residential homes. I wonder if candle sales are higher in Colorado than states that allow wood-burning fireplaces?
After several attempts to clean the residual wax and wicks I discovered the secret to clean the wax from the jars. The dishwasher does not tackle the residual waxy residue.
- Freeze the jars
- Followed by rinsing in hot water (I boiled water). That's it! Over the course of a month, my freezer had a 1/2 dozen candles.
And, when I had a few minutes of free time I boiled water and watched the frozen wax pop out or break down into smaller pieces. The wax residue just needed soapy water and a little elbow grease.
The results were awesome and all of sudden these beautiful candle jars can be re-purposed for new uses. Stay tuned!
Check out the video below to see how easy it was to upcycle candle jars. Stay tuned for fun ways I reintroduced the candle jars into my everyday home.Check my top upcycle projects here.We are all in this together.
- Knive & Dish Soap to remove residual wax (In the kitchen)
- Scrubber (Already owned)
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