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Jar Candle Tips and Tricks

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Candles in jars are a wonderful source of soft light. This is a guide with jar candle tips and tricks.
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January 15, 2010

I hate to waste and I love to burn scented jar candles. The candles say to only burn the wick down to a certain point, then dispose of the candle. Since these candles are not cheap, I don't want to throw away that much wax, so I ignored the directions and burned the candle all the way to the bottom.

Until the day I almost burned my house down. The jar was so hot that the glass broke, and the burning wax began to burn my coffee table. But I still don't want to throw away that much wax.

So here's a tip that I came up with. When the candle begins to get low, put the candle in an oven safe baking pan that has about 1/2 inch of water in the bottom. If the candle should break, the glass and wax will be contained within the baker and the water would immediately extinguish whatever fire may still be burning.

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As a side note, if you would rather follow the directions, but still hate the thought of throwing that much wax away, take a knife and gently break up the remaining wax into small bits. Take some sort of mesh, like tulle, place the wax bits on top of the mesh and tie it up so that it looks like those wedding favors that are so popular. Or put them in closets, drawers, cabinets, etc for a lovely scent when you open the doors/drawers. Or save them to use for a wedding or baby shower or even a birthday.

By aprilcotton from Aurora, CO

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February 9, 20110 found this helpful
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These tips from Aprilcotton are dangerous!

Instead, use either a mug warmer, or even better a candle warmer ($5 at Wal Mart, may find it cheaper elsewhere) to use up the last of the wax. I don't even light my candles. I put them on a candle warmer and they last for many months. I have some on now that I've had for over a year and they still smell nice.

And so much safer than melting on the stove or using a knife to break up in the jar.

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March 7, 20170 found this helpful

A lit jar candle.

Sometimes candles can burn quite sooty. The black soot sticks to the inside of the candle jar, looking unattractive. This guide contains ideas for removing soot from candle jars.

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January 22, 20109 found this helpful

I really love how scented candles add to the atmosphere of a home. A scent softly wafting through my home just seems to make it seem more warm and cozy and I change the scents according to what season it is.

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Being out of work for over a year, I cannot afford to buy my favorite highly scented candles right now. I was lamenting this on the phone to a friend when she shared her genius solution and I've been using it ever since.

When your candle burns down to the point it's no longer safe to burn or the wick is gone, simply turn on your coffee pot's warmer plate and set the candle on it. When the wax warms up, it produces the same amount of scent as when the candle is burning. A coffee mug warmer does the trick just as well.

I have noticed that my candles actually last even longer using this method, plus I don't have to worry about checking my burning candles for safety, or leaving the room with a candle burning.

By texasauthor from Dallas, Texas

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January 23, 20100 found this helpful

My mom also uses a coffee warmer for her candles. I've recently discovered a way to heat my candles in a similar way. We have a wall heater so I placed 3 small jar candles on top and let it heat them up, works great and they give off scent all day in the winter with the heat being on most of the time. :)

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July 12, 20160 found this helpful

Pile of unused candles showing wear

This is a guide about refurbishing old candles. Old well loved or stored candles may need a bit of a face lift before their next appearance.

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January 14, 20081 found this helpful

Candles in glass jars give much better light when power goes out and are safer to use. Buy on sale and keep in designated place, so you are not searching in an emergency.

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October 11, 20051 found this helpful

To keep a jar candle fresh when the lid is missing simply turn the (unlit) jar upside down after wax hardens.

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May 7, 2008

I placed a half used scented candle in a jar on my stove for show. That evening when I was making dinner and using the oven, I had forgotten to take the candle from the stove. Oh, the smell was wonderful!

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May 24, 20070 found this helpful

Keeping large pillar decorative candles forever. When I buy a decorative pillar candle, I burn for a little bit until I can fit a tealight candle inside.

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December 29, 2016

Are there some plastic or glass rings out there to lay inside a blown glass candle holder for stabilizing the tea light? Many blown glass candle holders have a hump in the middle that the tealight will not sit on properly, and if it sits on an uneven surface, the wax pours out of the tealight. Anyone know of any?

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January 1, 20170 found this helpful

When I read this I thought of a small shot glass. I hope this helps.

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January 1, 20170 found this helpful

Dollar Stores have several colors of fine sand and would secure and straighten a tea light when added.

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January 1, 20170 found this helpful

You can buy that tacky glue that peels right back off. You know like the kind that you find on a sheet/advertisment inside an aluminum pan. It is being held there with this clearish color blob of soft sticky glue, and you just peel it off. I have used this in places like you are talking about where you can't get something to stand up properly. I hope this is some help. Try an office supply store.

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October 11, 2016

How can I make a hole in the bottom of a very slim, small candle so the candle will sit on the spike of a candleholder?

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October 12, 20160 found this helpful

You may want to heat it just a bit, then gently press it down onto the spike. The heated wax will be easier to work with. I hope that helps.

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October 13, 20160 found this helpful

Heat the bottom and then press it down to the spike it will then harden and stick to your candle holder.

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March 31, 2016

I have seen tea lights which have a thin tartan pattern material on the top (like thin paper). Has anyone come across these as I would like to do the same with my tea light candles?

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April 3, 20160 found this helpful

You might want to use the battery powered one just using stretchy fabric and a small hole in the center. This might be flammable and who needs that?

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February 6, 20060 found this helpful

I bought a jar candle made by Village Candles. The fragrance I bought is called pina colada. It smells great! Has anybody ever bought Village Candles and what fragrance do you like? I would like to get some ideas for some other fragrances, before I shell out more money for a fragrance I may not like, even though every one has different taste.

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P.J. from Delaware

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February 8, 20060 found this helpful

I am burning a Warm Apple Pie Village candle right now. It smells great.

Kathie, South Portland, Maine

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November 7, 20070 found this helpful

We can buy Village Candles in South Jersey.

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January 9, 20080 found this helpful

My absolute Favorite Village Candle Scent is called Natural Cotton. It makes my whole house smell soooo wonderful. I buy that one fragrance in bulk so I never run out. It has sort of like a fresh smell, like soap or clean laundry or something.

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September 20, 2009

Just bought a really nice candle and before I could get in the house with it (in the sack) I dropped it and the whole side and corner of the jar shattered. Can anyone please suggest the best way to save my candle without ruining it. Please help.

By shrooms69 from TX

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September 20, 20090 found this helpful

You will need to make sure you can remove the rest of the glass without cutting yourself! You can place it in a used, clean mason jar, mayo jar, or even in one of the tin metal buckets--whatever is non-flamable that you can put it in for use. I would put something like a cup saucer under it though, when you get ready to burn it.

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September 20, 20090 found this helpful

Use your blow dryer! I would put it on high and just aim it around the leftover broken glass; if you can set the dryer on a counter {or have someone else hold it for you} as the areas of candle get softened you can slide a butter knife or metal nail file between the candle and glass to make sure it stays separated after it cools.

You can wear garden gloves or use a towel between you and the glass to keep your fingers/hand safe from the broken glass.

You could also set the entire thing {I don't know how large the candle is!} into the sink with very hot water and work it out of the glass using the knife trick. A pair of tongs might also come in handy.

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September 22, 20090 found this helpful

Thanx for the ideas! The blow dryer idea worked! Thanks

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January 22, 20100 found this helpful

I burn lots of scented candles. When they get too low to burn, I use them on a candle warmer. Instead of buying a candle warmer for $10, I bought 3 coffee cup warmers at the local thrift store for 99 cents each. One has an automatic shut-off so I don't have to remember to turn it off.

By Jonna Marsh

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Frugal Candle Warmer

Not a good idea! Coffee warmers are a fire hazard when used with any candle wax. These coffee warmers are not regulated to maintain a low consistent temperature needed to melt candle wax. If wax and fragrance reach a high temperature, you will have a fire from the heat. Fragrance has low flash temperatures. This is why they make candle warmers specifically for candles. The heat is regulated and much safer. DO NOT use coffee warmers for any wax products, if you do, you are liable for a fire. .99 cents isn't worth the risk. (02/11/2006)

By Candle Smarts

Frugal Candle Warmer

You can buy a candle warmer at wal-mart. They cost about $5.00. They are made to warm candle wax (02/11/2006)

By rose204

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May 23, 20070 found this helpful

You can get more use out of your decorative candles, or out of those candles poured right into their forms, by inserting votive candles in the well formed by the burning wax around the wick. I still use star-shaped candles set in terra cotta we used for a 2000 celebration that way.

By Pam from L.A., CA

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