7 Things To Do With Your Old Candle Jars (Upcycle!)

If you’re a girl, we bet you’re going to be getting a lot of candles this year. The sales at Bath & Body Work are not dying down anytime, and every girl in your life, and we mean every girl, is going to be giving at least one candle to someone else this year.

Oprah Candle

Yup, by candle craze, we mean that girls are going to be stocking up on them at the end of the year. Did you know that the average 3 wick candle burns 30 hours? It all depends on the size and shape of the candle of course, but after those 30 hours, it’s gone, poof, time to buy new candles all over again. If you’re like us, stocking up on the end-of-the-year sales, you know that you’re going to end up with a bunch of candle jars afterwards.

What are you going with the candle jars? You paid for them, and they look really nice. Don’t throw them out! There’s still use for it left! We have explored the vast territory that is Pinterest and have found 10 different ways to upcycle your candle jars.

But before we get to that, we also have some tips that you might not have known. Keep these tips in mind before you burn your candles to get the most life out of them (and to be safe!)

  • To keep your burn longer and less smokey, make sure to trim your wick every time you use it. (Some say you gotta trim it for every 4 hours of burn time). Some sites say 1/8 and others say 1/4 of an inch. Make sure to just eye it right or use a wick trimmer to make sure it’s proper.
  • Remove the soot from your jar everytime you burn it. To make sure debris doesn’t fall into your candle when you try to put it out, make sure to use a candle snuffer or a wick dipper to put it out!
  • Make sure your candle is placed on an even surface and make sure it stays away from any breeze or drafts blowing into the room. You want it to burn evenly, or else you will get smoking/dripping.
  • Stop burning it when there’s 1/2″ of wax left.
  • Never leave your candle unattended!

Okay, after you’re done burning your candle, what are you going to do next? Get the wax out of course!

Yellow Brick Home has a really handy tutorial here on how to get every last bit of wax out. When you get every last piece of wax out of your jar, you can start on the Candle Jar decorations!

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DIY Candy Jar

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What do you do with your leftover candle jars?

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