How to: Reuse Yankee Candle Jars

Our major repurposing project this week comes courtesy of Yankee Candle.  I found an old jar candle with a stubby wick and not much wax to boot in one of the boxes of stuff we grabbed to set up home while we’re away from Berlin.  Who knows where it came from.  A wedding present, maybe?  In any case, you know me:  time to repurpose.


Filling the jar with jewelry is such an easy way to see what I have… and actually remember to wear it.  Sure, drawers and jewelry boxes work just fine.  But a sleek, free display case – who can pass that up?

Old candle jars are such a tricky case for repurposing, anyway.  You can’t store food in them – the plastic ring has permanently absorbed the candle scent.  Plus the jars are short, wide, and un-stackable, which is super important in kitchens without much storage like ours.

Removing the excess wax was pretty simple.  I’ve heard about getting big pieces out by sticking the jar in the freezer, which didn’t seem entirely practical in this case (how would you get wax out of a small lip?).  So here’s what I did:

  1. Boil hot water with candle sitting in pot, careful not to let water get in jar.
  2. When the wax was melted, I poured it all into a smaller jar.  I had to reheat the wax a few times to get it all out.
  3. The jar was still warm as I used a paper towel to wipe out the thin coat of wax and soot.
  4. The smell was still pretty strong, so I threw it in the dishwasher.

Have any other ideas for reusing candle jars?  Makes me wish we had more candles floating around!  Don’t forget to send a few pictures our way if you do.

(Image by Making This Home)