Remove Wax and Labels From a Candle and Repurpose the Jar

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Candles come in the most beautiful jars, but I’m guilty of throwing so many away. Now that I know how easy it is to repurpose them, I’ll never toss another candle jar again!

Watch to see for yourself how easy cleaning out a candle jar is!

Step One

Pop your candle in the freezer for several hours. I left mine in the freezer overnight and that was more than enough time.

Step Two

With a screwdriver or butter knife, poke the edges of the wax until you loosen the wax enough that it pops right out.

Step Three

Wash out your jar with dish soap and hot water to get rid of the remaking residue.

Step Four

Add 3-4 drops of lemon essential oil to a microfiber cloth and get the candle labels wet. Let them sit for a few minutes then scrub them off.

Step Five

If there is any remaining residue, add a few drops of lemon essential oil directly to the label. Let it sit for a minute.

Step Six

With your microfiber cloth scrub off any remaining residue.

You now have gorgeous jars that don’t look like they ever even housed a candle. The possibilities for candle jars are endless. You could spray paint the jars and lids, add ribbons, etc. I popped greenery into one and am storing QTips in the other. I hope you enjoy this easy DIY. Share your candle jar projects with me, I’d love to see them!

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  • Sherry Sherry on May 31, 2020



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  • Aimee Aimee on May 03, 2020

    Great idea!

  • on Jul 10, 2020

    Great candle DIY! I LOVE it, it's so cute

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