Reusing Candle Jars

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Once the candle is burned down, the jar that it came in can be used for a variety of things around the home. This is a page about reusing candle jars.


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January 19, 2011

I was looking for spice jars in a popular department store the other day and could not find individual jars. So, I gave up and decided to do some browsing. While going down the candle aisle, it dawned on me that the smallest candle jars would be the perfect size for spice jars. They were a dollar apiece. Not only would I have a beautiful spice jar, but I could enjoy a nice scented candle in the process! They are large enough at the mouth to fit a tablespoon size measuring spoon and will look very nice once organized in my pantry.

I just melt the leftover wax in a pan of water and pour it out, then wipe clean with a paper towel and wash. I then take off the label and put my own spice label on it.


By Jean from Monticello, MN

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Don't throw out those empty candle jars! Recycle them. I burn the Febreeze candles and they work great for this project, but any glass candle container works. After all your candle is burnt, heat some water and place the glass container in the hot water to melt any residue. When the left over candle has melted, pour out any remaining wax. Wash thoroughly in hot soapy water. I use the jars in my dressing room for Q-tips, cotton balls, etc. The uses are endless!

By Donna from SC

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April 2, 2009

When I am finished with the small glass containers that candles come in, I wash them in the dish washer and then use them for milk or juice glasses for my toddlers.

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February 15, 2012

This video shows you how to clean out your old candle jars so they can be repurposed for storage of things around the home.

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July 22, 2012

I am trying to find out if I am able to reuse it as a glass cup? I am very concerned given the fact that I am pregnant, I wanted to make sure if it's OK to drink out of it. I love to recycle and this is one of my biggest concerns on how to reuse it. I cleaned it very well and re-cleaned it by placing them in the washer machine. The item I bought is called "Candle Lavender Vanilla and Comfort, 5.5-Ounces". Hope to hear from you soon and thank you.


By Rebeca Bap from El Paso, TX


July 23, 20120 found this helpful

If it was used for a candle then don't drink from it! Use it to make more candles, or as a vase, or to keep small soaps in, etc.

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July 24, 20121 found this helpful

I looked it up on Google, and here is what I found.

It says no. I agree with the above poster, use it for change, put some pretty marbles in it and set them in the window, keep it in the laundry area (if you have one) for collecting all the stuff no one takes out of their pockets, etc.

I hope this helps keep you safe. Good luck.

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July 24, 20120 found this helpful

No way on using this glass cup as the health of your unborn child is so important today. Always take your Pregnancy Vitamins, too.


One of my friends did not & her child was born with a hole in the spine & the girl is now in a wheelchair with many problems.

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July 24, 20120 found this helpful

You could use it to hold Q-tips, toothpicks, bobbypins, paper clips and lots of other little items. Or how about using it to hold pencils and pens or keys? I have one on my desk and it sure is handy to have for the above-mentions items.

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July 25, 20120 found this helpful

You could use it as a votive for tealite candles. Wrap some pretty lace fabric around it & either spray glue it to the glass, or perhaps tie the lace onto the glass with a pretty ribbon. :-) The lace will give the light & the glow a pretty effect at night. :-)

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July 26, 20120 found this helpful

I called the company directly quite a few months ago regarding the safety of using any glass candle holder (whether wax or the fluid type) for beverages and food. They said emphatically 'no' because the chemicals used to make the glass for candles are not food grade and could leach from the glass over time.

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November 16, 20190 found this helpful

Spina bifida is a condition which both parents carry the gene for it to happen. The chances of it happening can be reduced by getting enough folic acid. The jars are glass and should not cause any problem


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July 10, 2016

I am looking for craft ideas for using empty candle jars.


December 12, 20160 found this helpful

Clear candle holders that hold votive candles or the larger Clear candle holders that held the larger candles can be used to make a candy buffet, film with candy and then decorate with her pretty ribbon and then arrange table at different levels using boxes and linen napkins or cloth to cover the boxes and arrange them in it at different levels and in between those levels you could use artificial flowers or fresh flowers any decorations that would add to your candy buffet. Village candle holder container with candy and then use a plastic Demi spoon for dipping the candy out or small tongs.

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When you are through with that lid from your jar candle, remove the plastic seal and use it to hold your votive candles.

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May 24, 2010

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)


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 Timmie

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 Athena

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 Patricia Cronin

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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January 19, 2011

Can you reuse candle jars to put foods in?

Eleni from Hemet Sage, CA


Putting Food in Candle Jars

I would not. (02/16/2009)

By OliveOyl

Putting Food in Candle Jars

Of course you can. I do it all the time. just make sure you wash the jar extremely well. After I do this I add a little bleach water to it then rinse really well again. (02/16/2009)

By suzanne

Putting Food in Candle Jars

I would think that if there is no warning on the candle about not ingesting the candle material, that it would be okay to reuse the jars, if you can scour them very well. You wouldn't want any candle scent seeping into your pasta, candies, or whatever you are going to put into them. There are some very pretty candle jars out there. I can see why you'd want to reuse them! Just watch carefully for glass chipping around the lid. (02/16/2009)

By Cathy S

Putting Food in Candle Jars

I make candles, and I am going to give you my opinion, and my opinion is, no! I make soy candles and they are as close to natural as I can get them, except for the fragrance oils, and that's where there the problem lies. Just to let you know, the fragrance oil is toxic, and it can remove permanent marker and it can melt plastic.

If you would like to discuss this anymore, please feel free to email me at 4givenbygrace921 AT

Thanks (02/17/2009)

By Veronica H.

Putting Food in Candle Jars

If it's glass, and all the old candle wax is out of it, and it doesn't have any remaining smell, then it should be just fine. (02/17/2009)

By Nance

Putting Food in Candle Jars

But why not exactly? Parafin wax is used to seal jams and jellies. Glass is non-porous, so what would be the reason? I'm really just curious. (02/17/2009)

By Beth

Putting Food in Candle Jars

I have done it for years with no ill effects. (02/17/2009)

By Maya

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