So, your candle was set in its own individual jar. You’ve used it in the office, in the bedroom, and even the bathroom, and its beautiful scent and glow has helped you relax, unwind, and has kept your home smelling amazing. As with everything, however, all good things must come to an end. Your wax has now melted, the wick has gone out and all you’re left with is that cute candle jar and not a clue what to do with it. Sure, you could throw it out or recycle it, but where’s the fun in that? Wouldn’t it be great if there were ways to reuse your candle jars after the light has gone out? A re-positioned purpose that not only helps you live a more organized life but also one that contributes towards the enhancement of your home and the environment. The good news is, there is!
How to Clean Your Empty Candle Jars
Firstly, you will need to clean out that stubborn leftover wax at the bottom of the jar. You could try freezing it which will cause the wax to become brittle, thus making it much easier to release from the container. Or, if the candle jar is made out of glass such as the one used in Wick and Wicked’s Flower Fragrance Candle, you could try filling it with hot soapy water and letting science work its magic. If neither of these options tickles your fancy, you could try the Bain Marie method. Just fill a bowl with boiling water and gently sit the candle jar in like you would if you were melting your favorite bar of chocolate. We tried this method with the Tin Can Scented Candle and the heat penetrated the stubborn wax instantly. Just take extra special care when removing the container so you don’t scold your fingers and never pour the melted wax down your drain; it will solidify and block your pipes! You have been warned.
How to Repurpose Your Candle Jars
Ok, so you have your beautifully cleaned candle jar in hand, but what now? Well, you know all those plants and flowers that you have around your garden and home? Why not use your newly vacant candle jars as plant pots? As humans, we are habitual creatures and for decades we’ve been following the pack by planting in brown or worse, beige plant pots. We don’t know about you, but we think beige can be incredibly boring! By moving your best horticultural delights into candle jars, you can add a bit of chic and class to your garden and home. The best thing is, glass jars can double up as a vase for cut flowers, ensuring you know exactly when a water top-up is needed.
If you don’t have a green thumb, perhaps you should consider using your clean candle jars in an effort to keep a tidier and more organized home. Larger candle jars make perfect new homes for dry food like pasta, make-up, and hairbrushes, whilst the tins used in the Tinplate Essential Oil Candles, are ideal for storing cotton wool pads, Q-tips, and hairpins. Away from the vanity mirror, Wick and Wicked’s Smokeless Aromatherapy Candle offers up a jar that can double up as a beautiful stationery holder, keeping pens, pencils, and rulers in check. Larger, sturdier candle jars with lids could also be of use in the pantry to store rice, flour, and other kinds of food. Again, glass versions are perfect for this, since you’ll be able to see instantly what is in them without having to open up every single lid.
Finally, there’s the super cute idea of memory jars to help keep your precious vacation memories. Instead of taking lots of meaningless photographs of your trip only to upload them onto Instagram, why not collect sand, shells, and other souvenirs? When you return home, place them all into your empty candle jar for a tangible and sense-triggering snapshot of time. Whenever life becomes stressful and you want to reminisce, just revisit the jar and allow yourself to be transported to happier times.
As you can see, candle jars can have a plethora of uses outside of housing your favorite candles. Next time you’re ready to make a purchase, be sure to take a look at Wick and Wicked’s complete range of candles in jars and allow your candle to impact your life long after the wick has gone out!