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Uses for Candle Jars

I buy Yankee and Colonial candles all the time. Do you have any ideas on how I can use the empty jars when the candle burns down? And what should I clean them out with? The Yankee candle jars are round and the Colonial jars are oval. They cost so much money I just hate to throw them away.


Onesummer from Georgia


Uses for Candle Jars

You can melt the remainder of the candlewax in the candle jars by placing them on an electric candlewarmer then pouring the heated candlewax into another container; then wash the candle jar out.

You can use the jars for:

  • Soaps
  • Jewelry
  • Put large candles that will fit in them and use on an electric candle warmer
  • lotion
  • if you get all the candlewax out and wash the candle jar in the dishwasher, you could use it for sugar, candy, etc. Make sure it is perfectly clean before adding food items to it.
  • Paper clips, push pins, or other small office items to be stored on your desk.
  • Cotton balls, q-tips or cosmetic items

There are endless uses for these jars. (01/01/2007)

By WandaJo

Uses for Candle Jars

I set my jar in a pan of hot water and heat it until the wax melts. Pour it out and let the jar cool. Then I use Dawn dishsoap to wash it out. I also use mine to put candies in or liquid potpourri on my electric candle warmer (puts out a great scent in the air and the jar never gets to hot). There are many uses for these jars as wanda suggested (01/02/2007)


Uses for Candle Jars

I have placed a candle jar with a tiny bit of candle left in it under the seat of my car. On warm days, it leaves a pleasant aroma in my vehicle. Just make sure it is sitting upright, so as to not spill out on really hot days when the wax could melt.

As far as the use of the jar, what the other ladies said are great ideas. (01/02/2007)

By sfrench1124

Uses for Candle Jars

i know the lids fit nice and tight, and most jars are clear. They could make a nice little terrerium or gold fish bowl for a child. (01/02/2007)

By Debbie in SC

Uses for Candle Jars

I use small jars on my window sill to hold cat and dog treats and sweetener packets. Looks nice and they're always handy.


By TC in MO

Uses for Candle Jars

I glue a left over plastic Christmas cake decoration (santa claus or a snowman) to the inside of the lid upside down, then add water, glycerine and glitter and put the lid on seal with bathroom tile adhesive clear then turn upside down for a snow shaker ornament for the following year (01/03/2007)

Uses for Candle Jars

Put a votive in them and reuse them that way.

Zig (01/05/2007)

By Ziggee

Uses for Candle Jars

If you can get the rest of the candle out, or I would not even think that would matter, fill them full of white vinegar and place them all over the house. The smell might be strong the first day, but vinegar quickly eliminates the odors from your home. So you have a natural deodorizer that will last about 2 weeks. Wash and refill as needed. PS. I clean for a living. It does work. Hope this helps (01/21/2007)

By Sherry

Uses for Candle Jars

I imagine if you get the jars really cleaned out, so there is no candle aroma left, you could use them for making those great layered cake and cookie "recipes in a jar" as gifts for any holiday or special occasion. They can be decorated after filling with all manner of crafty goodies -- ribbons, bows, gift paper, dried or silk flowers and on and on. I would just clean them and let them sit open for a good long while before they get used to be sure the scent has completely dissipated. Some very neat ideas have been suggested, and I think I may try a few! Thanks, Trisch (09/07/2007)

By Trisch

Uses for Candle Jars

I clean them out and use them in the bathroom to store things. I use the large one for cotton balls and the smaller one for Qtips. (09/13/2007)

By Michele

Uses for Candle Jars

I have a candle company - I refill jars for 50 cents an ounce. The reason I started was because everyone spends so much on the actual jar. I don't know if you would want to ship to Oklahoma, I have some that do - but you could look for a company that does do it in your area.


By Jan

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