​Ten Ways to repurpose a candle jar

Posted by Denise Lawrence on 21st May 2014

If you’ve been enjoying your fragrance filled candle, and notice there is only about ½ inch of wax left, for safety reasons, it is time to say good-bye to the candle, but not necessarily to the candle jar. Why not repurpose the jar and continue to take care of the environment? That is after all part of the reason you committed to using a soy wax candle, right? Did you know that uses for recycled candle jars are limited only by your imagination! 

Here are my top ten ways to reuse candle jars:

  • For small floral bouquets
  • To store cotton balls/ face pads
  • As a candy jar
  • To store loose change
  • To hold a toothbrush & toothpaste
  • To store jewelry
  • To hold paper clips
  • For potpourri
  • To hold pens & pencils
  • To hold grapes and other snacks

Our frosted glass containers clean easily with soap and water, and are attractive on any surface! While there are numerous ways to get the remaining wax and wick out of your jar, I have found it is easiest to place the candle jar on a baking sheet and put it in the oven set at 170° for 5 – 10 minutes. Carefully remove the jar from the oven using mitts (the glass will be hot). Pour the residual wax on wax paper and the wick will pop right out. When the wax is cool you can throw it in the trash. Do not pour hot wax down your sink, it will clog the drain. Wash out the jar using warm soapy water, and let your imagination take you on your repurposing journey!

Ok, there is one limitation - Please do NOT reuse our candle jars for making candles, as the glass weakens from use and might not be able to handle hot wax.

Tell us what types of things you have found useful for re-purposing.