17 Creative Ways To Recycle Your Candle Jars

If you’re anything like us, you’ll probably have a growing collection of burnt out candles stacking up somewhere in your home. Rather than being thrown into landfill or sat dormant, you can find new ways to enjoy them.

Sustainability is vital, and luckily for us candle lovers - the jars can be reused in a variety of creative and useful ways - over and over again!

Clean the leftover wax

The first step towards being able to reuse the candle jar is to remove the remaining wax from inside it. There are a number of ways you can do this:


Candle wax becomes brittle when frozen, it can then be easily remove from the jar. Simply place it into your freezer for a couple of hours, once it's frozen, gently pry out the remaining wax with a knife. Use warm water and a kitchen towel to clean any leftover wax or markings.


This simple method starts with removing as much of the leftover wax as possible with a small teaspoon, you then fill the candle jar with hot water and soap, let it stand for a couple of minutes, you can then scrub the inside clean. With fragile glass, this method is the safest and least likely to crack or break the candle jar.

Some jars may also be dishwasher safe.

If these methods don't get the job done with stubborn wax, you can fill a bowl with boiling water and sit the candle jar in it for 5 minutes. The heat transfers and melts the wax left inside.

Don't forget to remove the wick holder once you're done!

To remove the scent completely, use hot water and baking soda.

16 Creative Ways To Reuse Your Empty Candle Jars

  1. DIY Jar | if you're into creating and making things like face/body scrubs, jams, bath bombs - an empty glass jar makes perfect storage for things like this.

  2. Tea Light Holder | forget paying for tea light holders, simply pop your tea light into your old candle glass and place in your chosen spot. Instant cosiness!

  3. Desk Tidy | Look no further for a place to keep your post-it notes, scattered pens, pencils, scissors, paperclips and staplers.

  4. Window Garden | candle jars without lids make perfect containers for small window gardens. Plants like celery, bean sprouts and green onion can be grown in a container by placing them in your clean candle jar with water.

  5. Spare Change Pot | a handy, attractive place to drop your shrapnel!

  6. Snack Jar | depending on the size of the jar, the empty container makes great use for snacks like sweets, biscuits and dried fruit.

  7. Plant Pot | Empty candle jars make perfect planters, as soon as your jar is clean and free from wax debris, pop the plant in and there you have it. Nature at your fingertips.

  8. Bathroom Storage | Yet another great use for old candle jars - bathroom items like cotton pads, cotton balls, cotton buds and hair ties can be organised in individual glasses.

  9. Toothbrush/Toothpaste Holder | Organise your bathroom further by recycling the glass a a holder for your toothbrush and toothpaste.

  10. Hair Accessories Container | no scattered/unplaced hair ties and pins. An empty candle glass makes the ideal holder for hair accessories.

  11. Pet Treats Jar | Whether you have your own furry friends or a neighbourhood cat that visits you weekly, it's always good to have treats handy for your beloved pets, look no further than your empty candle container.

  12. Flower Vase | If you pick wild flowers or small bunches, an empty candle jar makes the perfect recycled vase.

  13. Brush Pot | Make up brushes deserve a home, your old candle jar can be exactly that.

  14. Custom Gift Jar | Why not fill your larger candle jars with small gifts/tokens for a loved ones birthday? Tie with a decorative ribbon to accessorise.

  15. Meal Prep | need a place to store those overnight oats or salads? Look no further.

  16. Decorate your Space | Use your old glass candle jar to add beauty to bookshelves and tables, by adding items like fairy lights, pine cones and dried flowers.


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