As anyone who has visited my home knows, I am obsessed with candles. I have candles in my bathroom, in my bedroom, in my living room, on my walls – everywhere. I’d bring them to work if I could get away with it! As a result of this addiction I end up throwing away a ton of candle jars. it’s such a waste and I feel so guilty. The containers are usually a good size and decent quality, and you pay for that when you buy them. Tossing these felt like throwing away money, and I just couldn’t take it any more. Couple that with my super disorganized 1/2 bath and an idea was born!
Time for the pretty label to go
The labels on candles are sometimes just as, if not more, beautiful than the candles themselves. They don’t quite match the decor in my half bath though, so they had to go. Trust me when I say you want this to be your first step. I skipped this and decided to go straight to step 2, and that was a mistake. The heat from step 2 melts the adhesive and makes the label SUPER sticky. Avoid the hassle and take it off now. If you do have any residue left on the glass you can use a commercial product like Goof Off to remove it. Just spray a little bit on and let it sit for 5-10 minutes, then you can easily wipe it off with a paper towel.
No matter how long you burn a candle, there is always more wax
Before I could do anything with these babies I needed to get out that left over wax. There’s a few great methods floating around, but I prefer to use simple hot water. All you have to do is heat up some water in a tea kettle, once it begins to boil carefully pour the hot water into the candle jar. The hot water will melt the wax which then floats to the top. After an hour the wax will re-harden and you can pull the disk out. I haven’t yet thought of a creative way to re-use the wax, but it’s on my to-do list!
Time to Paint and decorate
You can absolutely skip this step if you are happy with the style of your cleaned candle canister, but I wanted to take it a bit further. I painted the lid rose gold (CLICK HERE to learn more about how this rose gold spray paint changed my life), and hot glued a little bit of trim around the bottom of the jar. It just adds a little more sparkle, and who doesn’t want that!?
And here’s what it looks like all done!
What do you guys think? Do you have any great ways to recycle the leftover wax?