If you love candles and hate waste, this post is for you.  Once the wax is gone, there are so many ways to reuse candle jars and containers. You can reuse candle jars as vases, collection holders, and a variety of other easy DIY projects.

Once you have burned your candle to the bottom, the first thing that you need to do is clean out the wax. The easiest way to do this is to stick your candle right in the freezer. I usually do this overnight, but it would probably work after a few hours, too. The wax will contract in the freezer, so a simple nudge with a spoon or knife is all it will take to pop the wax out. Next, clean the jar with hot, soapy water to get all of the waxy residue off. If washing alone doesn’t get a peelable label off, try a product like goo gone to remove heavy duty adhesives. Once clean and dry, polish with bit of rubbing alcohol to make sure all of the residue is gone. Now that you have a clean, clear vessel, here are some creative examples of what you can do.

Voluspa candle jars and tins are just too pretty to throw away. Pinterest user Anais Braye posted this succulent second purpose for the Goji & Torocco Orange 3 wick tin. I love the lace-wrapped look of the Japonica tin candles. Effortlessly fancy!

Photo: www.pinterest.com User: Anais Braye

Photo: www.pinterest.com, Anais Braye

Blogger Cynthia posted on her blog, CityofCyn, my favorite kind of DIY – minimal effort – large reward. She used a Voluspa Bella Sucre jar as a vase for a bursting bouquet of pink hydrangeas. So sweet and simple.

From CityofCyn blog Reusing candle jars Voluspa

From CityofCyn blog
Reusing candle jars

I am in the middle of redecorating my home office. I plan to use the Voluspa tin containers for office supplies. I will use the mini tins to store small items like push pins, magnets, and other small supplies. I will label the tops so that I can easily find what I am looking for. Everytime I open my drawer, I will see these pretty tins and smile. I especially love the look of the Jardin collection, so I am happy to enjoy the floral scents of Apple & Blue Clover, Amaranth & Jasmine, and Linden & Dark Moss while preparing the rest of the office space.
jardin tin image

For the top of my desk, I am working my way through the LAFCO Pool House candle so that I can use the hand blown vessel as a container for pens, pencils, and scissors. LAFCO candles come in so many colors to work well with any color/decorating scheme.

LAFCO Pool House Candle

When I move on to remodeling the kitchen, I love the idea of planting herbs or cheerful flowers in a sunny kitchen window, using a combination of bright LAFCO jars like Kitchen, Guest Room, and Sun Room. I should probably start burning these long-lasting candles now so they’re ready for that remodel date of “one day.”
herbs lafco


K. Hall candles are great for repurposing because they come with an aluminum lid. This is a useful feature if you have a collection of things to keep dust-free, or you would like to dress the vessel up a little like this Pinterest user did with mason jars. If you want to reuse the 60 hour K Hall candles, spray paint the lids, use a hot glue gun to add a fun knob to the top, and fill the jar with whatever you like. The possibilities are endless!


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