Season of Storage – Repurposed Candle Jars

School is out for the summer and as I left my classroom a few weeks ago, so did all of my belongings! I am moving from first grade this year to kindergarten in the fall and also moving to a new building. I packed up everything and currently have it stored in my parent’s garage, my garage, and my inherited summer school classroom. Organizing is something I take a lot of joy in, so needless to say I feel a little scatter brained right now not having my teaching supplies in one location. To compensate for the lack of organization in my professional life, I’ve been doing little projects around the house to keep my personal things in order (AKA finally attacking large piles of “stuff” that accumulated over the last few hectic months of the school year, still a work in progress).

There was one Pinteresty project I had been excited to try and decided to tackle it today. My husband, the lover of candles, and I go through at least one or two candles each month and have all of these pretty glass jars leftover once the wick dies out – which in my personal opinion happens way too soon! There is still half an inch of scented wax in there, come on! Anyway, the Ikea candles we bought came in especially pretty containers with lovely metallic tops and knew they would be perfect for creating some organization in the bathroom. I decided to use these jars to store q-tips and cotton balls for easier access on the bathroom counter. The fact that these candles came with tops was nice because I know my dog, Dexter would enjoy these items as a snack if left uncovered. Below you’ll find directions on how to easily clean out your leftover candle jars to repurpose for other uses around the house!

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Repurposing Candle Jars

What you’ll need:

  • used candle jars
  • freezer
  • butter knife
  • paper towels
  • windex
  • towel

What do do:

  1. Place used candle jars in the freezer and let them sit in there for at least a few hours.
  2. Once frozen solid, remove jars from the freezer.
  3. Use the butter knife to loosen the wax from the outer edges of the candle and pry it out of the jar. I could usually hear some sort of popping sound when it was ready to come out.
  4. Spray windex on a piece of paper towel and wipe down the inside and outside of the jar to remove leftover wax shrapnel and the black residue from the top of the jar.
  5. Once all wax is removed, run the jar under hot water in the sink and dry it with a towel. Be sure that any wax doesn’t make it down the drain of your sink.
  6. I filled my jars with cotton balls and q-tips but you can decide how these pretty new jars can be used in your own home!

*Note: I am not going to lie, the directions above sound easy enough, but not all candle jars are super easy to clean. Some wax can be stubborn and you’ll have to go around the outer edge of the wax quite a few times before it decides to loosen and pop out. I ended up cleaning out 6 jars today and the wax easily popped out of 3 of them, the others took a little more time and patience before coming clean. This freezer method is easier than the boiling water method though and overall was pretty simple to do.

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