Up Cycle Candles

DIY Up-Cycle Candles

Hi loves❤️

As you all probably know now I LOVE a good DIY. I have an obsession with candles and go through them so quickly. I use them when I take a bubble bath and before I go to bed. I have a tiny secret…. (I may have an entire drawer full of brand new candles) Different scents for different seasons, moods, and occasions.

Something I learned from my mother-in-law, Melissa, is how to give candle jars a new life. Since she taught me how to do this, I have been re-purposing candles each time they run out. You can find glass jars all around our house.

I wanted to share how I personally take an old, dirty candle jar and re-purpose it. There are two ways that you can do this DIY. If you have a candle warmer, great, it will be a breeze. If not, you will need a few more items, but you will still get the full effect. I did not have a candle warmer on hand when I did this, but I will explain a little about both methods below.

Today I used two old candles that have been laying around the house. Below you can see the before and after of these jars!


What you need
With candle warmer
  • An old candle jar
  • Candle warmer
  • Dish soap and sponge
  • Old glass jar (for leftover wax)
Without candle warmer
  • An old candle jar
  • Saucepan
  • Stove
  • Water
  • Butter-knife
  • Dish soap and sponge
  • Old glass jar (for leftover wax)
With candle warmer
  1. Put the candle on the candle warmer
  2. Let the wax completely melt
  3. Pour the melted wax into another glass jar (I use the same jar that I keep under the sink to pour grease into).
  4. Remove the metal center holding the wick.
  5. Wipe the jar out with a paper towel.
  6. After all particles of wax are gone, now you can wash the jar with soap and water. Most black marks from smoke will come out with this step.
  7. After the candle is cleaned, soak the candle in warm water, this will help the stickers to come off.
Without candle warmer
  1. Start with adding water into the saucepan. Put this on the stove on high heat in order to boil the water
  2. Move the saucepan away from the heat.
  3. Put the old candle jar into the boiling water (try to not let the water go into the candle jar, you may need to pour out some water).
  4. Once the wax melts, pour it out in another waste jar. If the wax isn’t completely melted, you can use the butter knife to cut the wax into sections in order to get out of the jar.
  5. Remove the metal center holding the wick.
  6. Wipe the jar out with a paper towel.
  7. Since the jar was soaking in boiling water, the stickers should be soft enough to remove them. If needed, have the jar soak in warm water for a little longer
  8. Wash the jar in soap and water to remove any extra residue.

Now you have a fabulous glass jar to display goodies around your house.

Much love,

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  • Erin

    Thank you for sharing! My husband thinks I’m crazy because I always save used candle jars, but I feel guilty just tossing them. This is super handy for me to repurpose them now! Thanks!

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