I have always loved candles. I love lighting them and having that add that nice scent to any room, while also having a little extra glimmer in the area! That being said, I am also quite fond of Yankee Candles, as they burn the longest, and have the nicest jars to repurpose! (Little known fact-Target occasionally has them on clearance-as you can tell by the clearance sticker on mine!)
Today, I wanted to show you my newest little crafty obsession so you can have a few new jars for your home as well!
**I also attemped the freezer trick, where you freeze the leftover candle for several hours and the leftover wax is supposed to pop right out. That trick works well for small votive candles, however not for these large long burning candles!**
Here is my favorite shape of jar, which seconds as a lovely vase!
I of course burn the candle until it will no longer light. I would actually recommend starting with taking a napkin and wiping out the black soot at the top of the candle. (I didn’t do that, but it will keep your hands from getting any messier than they have to be!) I then use it just like a coffee cup with my Keurig, except without a K-cup in. Just allow it to run the piping hot water through and into the jar.
This will cause the wax to start melting and bubble up at the top. I give it about 10 minutes to melt as much as it can, then dump out the water and floating wax, and repeat until most of the wax is gone. It wont take too many times if the candle has burned its full potential!
Occasionally the small silver wick holder at the bottom won’t come off in the hot water, so I simply use a butter knife to put some pressure on it and it should nudge right off! There will probably be some glue residue underneath it, so a little extra scrubbing may be in order.
Then just wash with soap and hot water to remove any extra residue from the glue or wax, and of course the icky black soot I didn’t wash off to begin with. (OOPS!) Run it through the dishwasher afterwards for a nice shine.
Afterwards, you’ll end up with a nice little piece for displaying your favorite candy as we have-my husband and I have quite the sweet tooth-or anything else you can dream up!
Hope you enjoyed our first little DIY project for you! Let us know if you have anything else you’d like us to try and test out.