Apr 1, 2013

Repurposing Candle Jars


Do you love candles as much as I do? Of course you do! Do you want to know what I love best about a candle? The jar. Yup, its' true. That glass jar that houses that awesome smelling candle you burn daily can be useful even after all your wax melts! Pretty cool, huh?

Today, I will show you the 2 ways I've repurposed my candle jars!

The first is my favorite: As cotton and q-tip holders for the bathroom!
Check out the before & after:


All I did was clean out the jars (demonstrated towards end of this post), added some knobs to the lids and spray painted the knobs and lids with a silver metallic.

Easy enough, right? Ugh...YEAH!!!

The second way I use my candle jars is as a brush holder:


After cleaning the jar, I just filled it with some pebbles to keep my brushes in place! And there's no need to do anything to the lid!


This is the super easy way I remove the wax and clean my jars:

1. When your candle is all out of burning time, put it in the freezer overnight.
2. The next morning, take a butter knife and run it around the edges. The wax should come loose easily; but as you can see this wax in particular was a bit stubborn... I had to dig into the middle section of the wax for it to eventually come loose.

Once you remove all the wax, you will be left with a grimy candle jar that looks like this:



4. But after you clean it with hot water and soap you will have this clean and sparkling beauty:


Tip: If you have stubborn areas that won't give up the wax residue, simply take a cotton ball with some alcohol and rub away! This always does the trick for me!

Now you have a clean jar to repurpose as you see fit!

Other uses for candle jars:
1. You can store pasta or other dry goods.
2. Lipstick/Lipgloss holder (pretty much anything makeup holder)
3. You can use the smaller jars to store bobby pins or hair ties.
3. Craft storage for buttons, ribbons, pins..
4. For storing candy
5. Money saving jar

And I'm sure you can think of so many more ways to use these! The possibilities are quite endless!
What items do you like to repurpose?

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24 comments:

Jenna LaFevor said...

Clever! I have a candle that is almost gone in a very similar jar! So going to try this!
Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

Ashley said...

I never even thought about this. I'll be giving this a try!

Lindsey Domer said...

Love this idea!!! I have been saving my candle jars to clean out for when we renovate and decorate the bathroom. I like how you added knobs to the top. :)

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Keep Calm and Decorate said...

This is a great idea! I love to up cycle stuff like this and make it pretty! I also wanted to stop by and thank you for visiting my blog today and for your sweet comments. :)

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Glad you liked it, Jenna!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Awesome! Let me know when you try it!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks Lindsey! Renovating and decorating your bathroom....how fun!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you! Thanks for visiting my blog as well:)

janika r said...

Great Idea..I will try this.

Cheers,
Janika

Amber Koogler said...

Great idea! They look super chic!
Thank you for sharing with us at the Give Me The Goods Link Party!
http://dimplesandpigtales.blogspot.com/2013/04/give-me-goods-party-3.html

Kayla Janachovsky said...

So smart! Did the covers come with the candles? Or did you buy those separate? I'd love if you'd link up to The DIY'ers. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-diyers-and-more-curtains.html

Liz Fourez said...

This is genius! I love the little cotton ball holders! Thanks so much for partying with us at Time to Sparkle Tuesday : )

xoxo Liz

Paula Parrish said...

I love the cotton and q-tip holders for the bathroom, super cute. I am pinning your post to make later. Thanks for the inspiration. ;o)

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Awesome idea. I happen to have two on hand...time for a transformation. :)

Shauna Smart said...

Love this idea of using candle jars! Thanks for linking up this post to The Weekend re-Treat! on The Best Blog Recipes. I wanted to stop by and "Pin" your post while I was here tonight :)

Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes

Liz Fourez said...

I can't wait to save some candle jars and try this!

You've been featured today at Love Grows Wild:
http://www.lovegrowswild.com/2013/04/12-projects-for-home-10-recipes-to-try.html

xoxo Liz

Sonya Barker said...

So clever! My daughter will be making these I'm sure. She does YouTube makeup videos and loves all things pretty! :) I just wanted to stop in and say hello, we were featured together over at Love Grows Wild! Have a great day!

day2day SuperMom said...

Pinned! I love these and have always wondered how to get the old wax out. Thanks for posting on the Pin Me Linky & sharing your knowledge!

Marie bloominghomestead said...

Great idea! I love this. I'll be featuring this at my link party features this week. :)

Angela Conley said...

Great repurposing ideas! I like to repurpose glass as well & pretty much any other container. I currently have various sized ramakins & bowls in my bedroom that separate my jewelry. Thanks for sharing!

Craftivity Designs said...

What a fun project, great idea!! Love your blog!

Erica

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing this at my Pin Me Party!

Theresa said...

I need to make a makeup brush one! Thanks for sharing & linking up with me at DearCreatives.com Hope to see you again soon & have a great weekend ahead!

Patty said...

I have seen this done before but your idea of adding the knob is so cool! I love it. I need to burn the candles down so I can do this too!