Candle jars are beautiful, but more often than not they end up as trash. A more eco-friendly solution is to clean and repurpose them. There are a ton of unique ways to reuse empty candle jars.
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How to Clean Candle Jars
To remove leftover wax, freeze your jar overnight and use a butter knife to gently scrape away excess wax. For any remaining residue, pour hot water into the jar and wash with warm soapy water. You can also use nail polish remover (acetone) to remove wax and soot.
Now that you have your beautiful candle jars cleaned and ready, read on to discover 11 genius hacks to reuse old candle jars.
Repurpose as Planters
Candle jars are the perfect size for potting succulents and small plants. They’ll add a unique aesthetic to any desk and decor.
Organize Beauty Supplies
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Candle jars are a great way to store and organize makeup. Use candle lids to keep dust out of cotton swabs and q-tips. Expect your things to smell AMAZING.
Vacation Memory Jars
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Storing your vacation memories in a clear glass jar makes for a powerful visual display. It’s best to save your biggest candle jars for this hack. Choose jars with different shapes for shelf variety.
Store (and Strike) Matches
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This is a brilliant idea, you’d wish you thought of sooner. For a super stylish way to store matches, keep them in a small candle jar. Glue a strike strip to the bottom of the jar for a nice, firm striking surface.
Organize Kid’s Stationary
You can easily organize a child’s desk with candle jars. Add adhesive chalkboard paper for easy and attractive labeling.
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For avid knitters and crocheters, store yarn in candle jars with lids to eliminate clutter. Drill a small hole in the lid and feed the end of a ball of yarn through for tangle-free sessions.
DIY Nail Polish Remover
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Save your littlest jars for this big job. To make your own DIY nail polish remover, cut up a dish sponge and place into your candle jar. Leave an opening for your nail. Add nail polish remover to the sponge and you’ve made your own DIY nail polish remover in under 5 minutes!
Use Leftover Wax to Make Brand New Candles
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Most of the time, there’ll still be a lot of wax left over from an old candle. Candles are expensive so you’ll want to use every last bit of it. To create a new candle, remove the wax and melt it in a microwave-safe container at 1-minute intervals. Pour the wax into a smaller jar or a metal candle tin. Insert a candle wick and refrigerate for 10 minutes to harden.
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An array of candle jars on your windowsill can create a homely aesthetic, perfect for wintertime.
Glue Toys and Spray Paint for a Fun Storage Jar
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This has got to be the cutest idea ever. It definitely sets seemingly ordinary jars apart. For this DIY, first, spray a thin coat of primer onto the toys. Wait until it’s dry then spray on another layer. Glue the toys to your lids and use a spray paint color of your choice to paint an additional 2 layers (allowing the first coat to dry prior). This is an amazing hack for kids too. You can use any toys you like, dinosaurs are another great option.
Store Extra Paint
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If you want to save space on chunky paint pails, use candle jars to store excess paint. It’ll be easier to locate paint color when you use clear jars.
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