How To Re-Cycle Your Candle Jars

I love candles. I love them so much I actually have a large drawer in my kitchen dedicated to candles. Different scents for different moods. Some are the wafers that warm and melt in lovely warmers while most are in assorted glass jars which can easily be re-purposed once the candle has melted away.

In the kitchen I use them to store grains, spices, and ground eggshells. In the bathroom I use them to store cotton balls, q-tips, bath salts, and hair accessories.  They can pretty much be used anywhere to corral those little often used items.  Every morning Kirby takes a multi-vitamin and a hip joint treat from the resealable bags sitting on the dresser in his playroom which do a lot for him but not so much for the decor of the room so that's what I'm creating today. 

These will also make inexpensive yet thoughtful gifts. Just fill em up and you have a home made gift for the graduate, birthday gal, or that just because I love ya friend. It's easy enough for kids to make amazing gifts for their teachers. Of course you can't forget that pup celebrating a bark day or gotcha day who would be delighted with an adorkable treat jar filled with scrumptious homemade dog treats. So recycle those candle jars and let your imagination create the perfect container anyone will adore and USE. 

A glass jar can be as whimsical as it is practical with just a few easy steps.

1. First remove any excess wax by heating the jar in the microwave at 20 second intervals. Be sure to remove the metal wick holder first so you don't jump three feet from the LOUD pop and flash of light.

2. Next remove the labels using vegetable oil or Goo Be Gone. Wash thoroughly in hot, sudsy water.  If you're going to store food items like treats, run the jars through the dishwasher cycle.

3. Once the jars are clean and dry it's time to decorate them.  The options can include paint pens, sharpies, stickers, duct tape, decals, anything that will stick to glass. Just be sure whatever you use can be washed, or at the very least, wiped clean with a damp cloth. (You could use paper with mod podge).

4. For these two jars I kept it really simple by using a paw print wall decal and duct tape which now comes in so many fun patterns and widths. I could have used a paint pen to give them a fun label but didn't since I may, or may not, use them for treats. I am thinking of adding Kirby's name to the smaller one.  Either way this is easy peasy!

Candle Jar Collage

So what will your re-cycled jar look like?