Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Re-purposing Candles

I love having candles around the house.  They're pretty, they smell good, what's not to like?  However, those little suckers are expensive!  Today I'm going to write about how to get a little more use out of your candles!  By reusing the jar and leftover wax, you'll be extending the life of your candle!

The kind I'm talking about are the ones that come in some sort of glass jar.

Step 1:  Freeze Jar

1.  Put the candle in the freezer for 1 hour (at least).  This will help the wax come out very easily.

2.  Use a butter knife to crack the wax. 

3.  Peel the clear plastic label off the front of the jar.  (it came off really easily when the glass was cold)

4.  Peel label off the bottom of the jar.  (There will still be stickly glue left on the bottom.  Don't worry - just get the bulk of the paper off)

5.  When the jar has come to room temperature stuff a paper towel or napkin into the jar and put it in the microwave for 25 seconds or so.  Use the paper towel to wipe up any wax that was left over in the jar.  (microwaving the jar with the papertowel in it will help to absorb some of the wax)

6.  Use same paper towel to wipe off some of the smoke from the rim of the glass (this seemed to come off easier when warmed.  Don't worry if you don't get it all.)

7.  Soak room temperature jar in warm soapy water for awhile.  Use a spounge to wipe off the glue on the underside of the jar and wash the inside of the jar to get rid of any extra wax. 

8.  Use a paper towel to wipe the rest of the smoke off the upper part of the jar.

Viola: a clean glass! 

9.  The leftover wax can be put into a burner so your house can stay smelling pretty.

10.  The jars can be used for any number of things from storage, to decorations, or even by placing more candles into it.


  1. Want to take this a step farther.. Put some paint in side the glass when it is at the above finsished step.. then turn sideways/upside down to get the paint to evenly cover the total inside.. and then let the remaining paint drain down while upside down.. Periodically clean any paint that gets where you don't want it to be.. and then you have a pretty painted glass from the inside.. I did some jars.. I haven't blogged about it yet, but so lovely. I just used regular house/wall paint!!

    I love glass jars!! <3xojo

    1. What a great idea! I ended up removing the wax from three candles, so I'll definitely do that! I'm in the process of revamping my makeup vanity (which is where I'm going to put the jars) so that would be perfect to coordinate them with some paint! I'll be on the lookout to see your post about it :D

  2. Thanks for the tip on freezing! I have tried warm water but not freezing. And I never knew what to do with that leftover wax - so helpful!

    1. Thanks, Whitney! Hope it works for you! :D