What to Do with Old Candle Jars


What to Do with Old Candle Jars: Crafts and More

You’ve burned every last drop of wax of that dreamy, scented candle — now what? If you’re a serious candle-holic like us, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve got a growing pile of these empty candle jars lying around the house. Luckily, we can help you figure out what to do with old glass candle jars so you can preserve them and display them in whole new ways!

To Reuse or Recycle?

If you don’t feel like you have any good use for your stash of empty candle jars, you can certainly just recycle them, as long as your recycling program accepts glass items. Sadly, many municipal recycling programs no longer accept glass, so make sure your program does before relegating them to the recycling bin. If you’ve got a little bit of creative spirit and some DIY know-how, though, we say go the repurposing route and transform them into something special!

How to Clean Out Candle Jars

Before you do anything with your old candle jars, make sure that every last drop of the good stuff is melted away and you’re left with a clean vessel for crafting. The simplest way to clean out old candle jars is to gently pour hot water over the jar until the excess wax melts away.

Many people also swear by the freezing method.


All you have to do is stick your old candle jars in the freezer for a few hours and then use a butter knife or another strong tool to pop out the old, hardened wax. Don’t forget to remove any old wick or metal pieces from inside the jar before you start crafting.

5 Fun Uses for Old Candle Jars:

  1. Turn Them Into Vases for Centerpieces — An ideal choice for taller glass candles without lids is to turn them into vessels to house your pretty, seasonal centerpieces. Tie them in ribbon, paint them with chalk paint or wrap them in twine for a clever way to display fresh buds or faux sprays.

  2. Turn them Into Miniature Planters — Old candle jars can make excellent new homes for greenery whether you’re planting an indoor herb garden or an elaborate, live centerpiece. You can get extra crafty by drilling small holes in the bottom to allow water to pass through.

  3. Turn Them Into Desktop Lights — With solar-powered LEDs, you can basically turn any vessel into a sweet, light-up desk display, night light or decoration. String a few self-contained, LED twinkle lights in your jar for a dazzling light show.

  4. Use Them as Storage Containers — Nothing serves as a more fitting and useful storage container than an empty candle with a lid. In fact, our large jar candles are among the very best candles-turned-storage-containers out there! Use them for literally anything — craft stuff, pet treats, cotton balls, makeup brushes, whatever.

  5. Turn Them Into Candy Jars — Everybody loves a candy jar! Fill yours with individually wrapped hard candies to set around the house or display them in groups for the candy buffet at your wedding or special event.

Think of your empty candle jars as blank canvases. There’s truly no wrong way to approach this craft, as long as you flex your creative muscles and enjoy the process. As you’re expressing your artistic side, you’re also contributing to a more sustainable environment and saving a few bucks as you do it. Happy crafting!

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