Thrifty Tip: Your Used-Up Candle Jars

I love burning candles. There’s a scent for most any occasion and they totally set/compliment the mood. For example the apple scented Glade candle pictured below is the most amazing candle to have burning during the Christmas season. The “pink sangria” one from Bath and body Works on the other hand is more of a summer scent. These are both relatively cheap candles so they burn down quite fast (compared to high-end candles which often have 40 – 50 hour burn time, depending on what size you get) and so I’m left with an empty glass jar that I would never just dispose of.

If you’re a beauty junkie and a bit of a neat-freak like I am, here’s a suggestion of just one thing you could do with your empty candle jars:

Step1Step 1: To begin, you obviously need a candle to burn. If you’re not really into candles yourself, there’s a big chance your mom or one of your titas (aunts) will be. If the candle is yours, wait until you’ve burned it all the way down– but don’t rush naman, they’re meant to be enjoyed! If they’re someone else’s, wait patiently and ask if you can take the empty jar off their hands. A tip: each time you burn your candle, you should let the wax burn all the way to the sides so that the wax stays level and you get the most use out of your candle as it will burn down evenly. This means 1 – 2 hours of burn time, depending on the candle. Step2Step 2: Clean out the wax at the bottom of your used candle, remove the wick, and remove the sticker label as well if you want to (the glade candle had none). I adore the frosted finish on the Glade candle jar and the Bath and Body Works one actually has a cover but I forgot to photograph it, hehe. A tip: hot water will help melt the wax away.  To get the glass extra clean, you can use nail polish remover. Step3Step 3: Fill ’em up! I use the clear glass jar for my cotton pads and the frosted glass jar for my small/detailer makeup brushes. I added some glass stones to the bottom of the frosted glass jar because it was still a little too deep for some brushes. I also kind of like the hint of aqua blue peeping through. I love how these look on my dresser. They’re much prettier than the plastic containers I used to have, at least. CandlesFinalAnd that’s it, really! It was easy as 1, 2, 3 and I didn’t even have to go out and buy new containers! Like I said, this is just one way you could recycle your old candles. You might even want to use these as mini vases for flowers (wether real or fake) or as general decorative items around your room or house. OR you could decorate the glass and use it again for tea light candles for a whole new look! The possibilities are (nearly) endless!

So, what would you choose to do with your old candle jars? :)

 

p.s. The paintings and sketch in the background are my mother’s work. :)

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5 responses to Thrifty Tip: Your Used-Up Candle Jars

  1. Pat

    Awesome idea! I personally don’t use candles, but I reuse tech-related containers for my makeup. The one that currently hold my eyepencils and mascara was once the box of my bluetooth headset.

  2. Nice! I also do some DIY item organizers like perfume boxes as cocktail ring holders and such. Might as well get the good looking candle jars now! Cheers!

    • Mariana – Author

      I got the B&BW candle on sale at 3 for $10 I think! Not available locally though. As for the Glade candle, you can find the brand in True Value! :) Regular price is 300php but I got mine half off. Such a steal!

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