Reusing Candle Jars

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.

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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?

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January 19, 2011

Can you reuse candle jars to put foods in?

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