Friday, June 7, 2013

DIY: Upcycling a Candle Jar

Hey guys!
Recently I burned through a favorite candle I purchased from Hobby Lobby. I felt like it would have been wasteful to throw away the glass jar so I decided to up-cycle it and use it for something else. This post will show you how I did that :)

First, boil water, enough to fill the candle jar close to the top. 

Now, grab your candle. I LOVED the smell of this candle! 

Set the jar in the sink, and begin poring the boiling water into the jar. Be careful not to burn yourself or touch the glass jar after it is filled. If you spill any water, don't worry, it'll just go down the drain. The hot water will melt the wax and cause it to float to the top. 

Wait until the jar has cooled enough to handle, and pull the wax out of the top of the jar. You may have a little extra candle wax at the bottom but it can easily be removed by hand or with a green scrubber sponge.  

This is what you should have once the wax is removed.

If you have trouble with removing the outside label, set it into a pot full of warm water and fill the jar full of water to weigh it down into the pot. 

Next, take a green scrubber and and soap and completely clean the jar.

You should be left with something like this.

You can use your candle jar however you wish depending on the size. I chose to use mine to hold bobby pins, hair clips, and hair ties. 

Wondering what to do with the excess candle wax?...

Cut it into pieces and use it in a tart warmer! :) 
I felt very good doing this because I recycled as much of this candle as I could. It makes me wonder what else I can up-cycle... I hope you enjoyed this and try it out for yourself!

What things have you up-cycled? 

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  1. I love doing this with my candles since I have so many! That candle looked like it smelled really nice. I have to get my hands on a tart warmer as I have all these excess candle pieces but no where to burn them! :)

    - Jess
    The Mod Mermaid

  2. wow cleverly :)
    Greetings from Poland,

  3. ooh. i never even thought of melting it haha. i put the jar in the freezer and then it comes right out after.
    you should definitely do more of these posts :)

    whimsy and andrea

  4. So clever, candles often come in really pretty containers, I never thought to do that, but will now! Love you to check out my blog xx

  5. Great post darling, you are very creative! I would have never thought of this :D


  6. great post! love the upcycling concept!

  7. Woah! Amazing DIY post Ms. Amber! :)


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