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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.

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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.

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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February 9, 20110 found this helpful
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I also hate wasting the wax left in the jar. But, I am very Leary of fires so I purchased one of the candle heaters. Now after the wax gets down I set the jar on that and it gives off the scent but controls the heat. Much safer.

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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.

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.

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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 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.

By Mary from Bloomington, IL

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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.

By Sharon from Belair, MD

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May 7, 2008

In my kitchen one day, I placed a half used scented candle in a jar on my stove for show. It looked beautiful.

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! The heat vent on my stove melted the candles completely and it was a much stronger smell than if I had lit it. Each time thereafter that I used the oven, I made sure the same candle was on the stove. Now when I buy scented candles, I don't burn them, I just let them melt. Smells so much more and lasts a lot longer than burning.

By Karyn from Ottawa, Canada

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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. This way, I just have to replace the tealight and the expensive decorative candle keeps its shape and it's cheaper to buy tealight candles.

By Carol from Massachusetts

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March 7, 20170 found this helpful

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.

A lit jar candle.

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July 12, 20160 found this helpful

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.

Pile of unused candles showing wear

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By 0 found this helpful
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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December 29, 20160 found this helpful

I have a thick tea cozy that I put under all my candles. See if you can put it at the bottom of the glass decanter and put the candle on top of it.

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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.

Thanks,
P.J. from Delaware

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 7, 20060 found this helpful

My mother-in-law bought me one for a gift. It was chocolate scented. It is the most potent scented candle I have ever experienced. It is worth the investment to buy Village Candles as they are the most fragrant ones I have ever tried.

Kathie, South Portland, Maine

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February 7, 20060 found this helpful

Where do you buy Village Candles?

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February 7, 20060 found this helpful

There are lots of places on line to buy them. Just do a search for Village Candles. I have a Village Candle Shop about a half mile away from me here in South Portland,Maine by the Maine Mall.

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February 7, 20060 found this helpful

are those the ones that are similar to Yankee candles and sold in home stores like "linens'n'things" and "bed, bath and beyond"?

i can only comment on Yankee candles, to which i am a dedicated fanatic, despite the price. i have even made a "pilgrimage" to the factory in Mass.

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February 7, 20060 found this helpful

Thanks, I will look on the web for the candles. Have you tried the Trapp Candles? The Trapp Candle that has the best smell is Fresh Cut Tuberose.

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February 8, 20060 found this helpful

Yankee Candles are also very fragrant. I have used those too.

If you want good fragrance in candles that permeates the whole house then you have to spend the money. It is worth it. It seems that they last longer too and the jars they come in are reusable.

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February 8, 20060 found this helpful

I live in Village Candles "backyard".

I don't normally like sweet smells but my favorites are the Hydrangea(sp) and Rose. I also like their "ocean" scent but don't know the name. The Odor Out candles are good also. At Christmas time I use their Blue Mountain Spruce I think it is.

Sorry not good with the names of the candles.

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February 8, 20060 found this helpful

Here is Village Candles website: http://www.main  .com/default.asp

They have retail locations listed there.

Susan from ThriftyFun

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February 8, 20060 found this helpful

HI all,

I buy all my candles from the best and most economical place

to buy candles (buy one, get one free).

Go to, www.Candlemart.com

Happy shopping.

Dorie

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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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June 8, 20140 found this helpful

I can buy village candles at my local grocery store aka price chopper. I use to love Yankee candles. Then I tried Diamond candles. The scents are very fragrant but not strong to give you a headache. They burn evenly. They last a long time, are the size of a large Yankee candle but price of a medium and you get a ring valued at $10-10,000 in a gold foil wrapped inside a plastic bag. I have gotten 2 candles and bought few for gifts.

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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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September 24, 20090 found this helpful

If its on a garment put a blotting paper on and iron on top of it.if its in a jar try hot water or place it near the stove it will melt.

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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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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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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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