D.I.Y.,Decorating,Living Well on Less

Using Candle Containers in New Ways

When I buy a candle it’s not just about the smell but also about the container it is housed in. Living in a small house, I only buy new candles when the ones I’ve got have burned out. I purposely burn my candles because I love how it enhances our home with lovely scent, but also because I want to buy new ones. =) However, I often want to keep the super cute container even after the candle is gone, so I set out to learn how to remove the leftover wax and clean up the container for repurposing.


It’s surprisingly simple. You just bring water to a boil, then let it cool down just a bit so it doesn’t crack the glass container. After it has cooled for about 2 minutes, pour it into the container and then let it cool down completely in there. The wax will melt and rise to the top of the water. As it cools it will also harden, but it will harden on top of the water. Then, you just scoop out the wax with a spoon, pour out the water, and finish cleaning out the inside of the container. Ta-da! So easy.

I’ve actually taken the teal one up to my office and am using it to hold our dry erase markers now. The coral one is still in the same spot on the desk in our bedroom. Now, instead of looking beautiful and making our room smell great, it looks beautiful and contributes to the work done at the desk by holding pens, pencils, scissors, a nail file, sharpies, and a USB cord. And I’ve already bought a small candle to replace it that will burn out faster and can be replaced sooner. =)


So, if you are one of those people who rarely lights their candles because you like the way it looks where it is and you don’t want to be without it, now you can light that puppy up and just repurpose the cute container once it’s empty. Seriously, light and enjoy those candles!

Then make yourself some of these.


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