Candle Jars Repurposed

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I am an avid candle buyer, and I can hardly resist a candle that is in a beautiful or interesting container. This isn't a recent discovery. In middle school, I loved Yankee Candle and the wax melts that you could put in ceramic dish. My sense of smell has changed overtime for sure, preferring more of the floral, musk smell rather than the sweet vanilla, and pumpkin pie scents back in the day, but that doesn't mean I haven't filled my house with a variety of candles in an assortment of sizes, colors and finishes. Eventually the candles run out, and you are left with a container that is often too pretty to toss. Luckily, it doesn't take much to remove the leftover candle wax and repurpose the jar. Here are a few different ways you can reuse a "jar."

Two of my candles that recently ran out, and my cute little matches that I found in Nashville this past fall. 

Two of my candles that recently ran out, and my cute little matches that I found in Nashville this past fall. 

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Above is the start of my "collection" of jars, containers and bottles that have had a hodgepodge of uses prior to their current state. As you can see, there is a mixture of finishes, sizes and textures. I don't ever like to throw them away because you never know when you might need one, but it is getting a bit out of control... 

Many of you may know how to remove wax from candles, but just in case here are the simple steps for having a brand new container for "free." 

  • Burn the candle until there is no longer any wax - best part of the process. 
  • Place the container in the freezer for a day or two. 
  • Remove the container and scrape out the wax. I typically use a butter knife, but be careful with glass jars so you don't break the glass. (this hasn't happened to me yet...) 
  • Place the jar in the dishwasher on the top rack to be cleaned. 

Above is my collection of make-up brushes and a set of small perfumes that I use on a daily basis that I like to keep readily available. I also think the touch of color add a little something to the bathroom. Sadly, while I was taking photos for the blog, one of my mercury glass containers (the one with the brushes) shattered across the bathroom floor. However, I had a few back-ups to choose from going with a clear, texture glass. On a side note - our bathroom isn't that big, and we have to be as creative as possible when it comes to storage. Right now it is a bit generic, but it is on my list of rooms to freshen sometime in 2017. 

The brass container above was a refresh as well. Our old toothbrush holder was one I made, and it had seen some better days. You can find the how to here. Keep in mind when searching for a toothbrush holder - go with a solid container and one that will actually fit your toothbrush and maybe a razor. Just because it is utilitarian doesn't mean it has to be ugly! 

Above you can see a few simple examples of what I have done. The homemade candle from Candle Lab is great because it is tall, dark and works great for taller items like paint brushes. I used this candle up pretty quickly - it just smelled so good. I may even go back and make another one... The blue and white container is from Thailand honeymoon and really is just beautiful alone. Currently, I have it sitting in the guest room which would be great to have hold small samples or ear plugs for guests. It really does shine on its own though. The last container is a textured mercury candle holder that I used as a vase for my wedding tables. I used all sorts of containers in the white, gold and clear combinations for multiple small arrangements on the tables. 

Containers can be used for anything really! As you can see, I use them for all sorts of things: make-up brushes, perfume collections, paint brushes and even as vases for my wedding. Just remember next time you find yourself purchasing a candle, it isn't just about the scent you are purchasing, but about the container too! What do you do with empty containers - do you toss them out, or do you have a collection as well?

Happy Shopping!  

-a.