How many times have you peered into your candle stash and discovered way in the back, an almost finished candle that’s been stashed there for weeks (maybe months), overlooked and forgotten? You’re not alone!
For all kinds of reasons - environmental, social and financial - it makes sense for us to get smarter about fully using the candles we purchase. And that means getting smarter about leftovers, leftover jars that is! It seems like a shame to toss them, but hoarding a collection of mostly empty jars also seems pretty useless. That is, unless you have a use for it.
For starters, don’t let leftover pesky wax get in the way of reusing your beautiful vessel. Try one of our easy methods to remove your coconut-blend wax from your candle jars. Then, once you have a beautiful jar ready for new life, try these handy hacks below.
1. Pop in some flowers
Simply, trim a few pretty flowers from your local florist (we opted for Popies Flower Truck), fill the jar with water and cut the flowers short depending on the size of your jar. We like to place a few at our home office desk, but really the options are endless.
2. Organize your vanity
Have too much makeup? Yea right, no such thing. Use our vessels to hold makeup brushes, and things like Q-tips, bobby pins, and cotton pads.
3. Use it as a planter
Candle jars are the perfect size for housing spring bulbs. Scatter a layer of small stones on the very bottom to allow for some drainage, add your soil, and plant your seed-infused plantable dust cover. Soon enough, with a little TLC, you’ll have wildflowers blooming that will add the perfect pop to your window sill.
4. Drop a tea light in it
Looking for the right lighting for a romantic vibe? Turn your candle into…another candle by dropping a tea light inside your empty jar to create a chic visual effect—indoors or out. The sparkling shimmer of filtered candlelight will instantly make any setting feel more homey.
5. Set up a desk caddy
Perfect your office desk decor with a bevy of empty candle jars turned desk accessories. Add a little flair to your desk by holding taller items like pens, pencils, and scissors in a candle jar.
6. Create a match Jar
Rifling through drawers to find a matchbox? Stick ‘em in an empty candle jar for a chic, yet simple storage solution that looks elegant on any shelf
7. Pour some Alcohol in them
Looking to elevate your at-home bar cart? Use emptied candle jars as liquor glasses for an eclectic, one-of-a-kind vibe.
8. Use it as a candy jar
Throw some Hershey’s Kisses, M&M, or peanuts in an empty candle jar, place it on your coffee table, and let your guests enjoy a sweet treat. Practical, while still chic
9. The new adult piggy bank
Tired of coming across loose change at the bottom of your purse? Toss them in an empty candle jar and save that extra cash for a rainy day!
10. Centerpiece Staple
Up your dinner party game and use empty candle jars as a focal point for your table - add flowers, votive candles for the ultimate set up