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Thread: Candle Jars -- What do you do with them?

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    Super Member sewjoyce's Avatar
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    OK, I must admit that I've just discovered scented candles in my old age. (When I was younger, I could walk into a store where they were sold and my eyes would tear up and I would choke on the smell.) Anyway, either the candle smells aren't as strong as they used to be or my nose isn't as sensitive.

    And I love the little jar candles -- they come in all shapes and sizes, some with lids, some without and by themselves are lovely. So what do you with the candle jars after the candle is gone???? Up till now, I've just thrown them away, but.....

    Anyone have any good uses for them???

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    Recycle the glass or make new candles to put in them. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by redkimba
    Recycle the glass or make new candles to put in them. :)
    my suggestion as well

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    Isn't candle making expensive? (As well as hard to do??)

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    If you melt your old wax and pour it around a votive (for small jars) it doesn't cost much.

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    I have one that I cleaned out really well and used it on my desk at work for candies.

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    I need to tell my daughter. Her and her hubby sell Mia Bella candles and they are really something!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltncrazy
    I need to tell my daughter. Her and her hubby sell Mia Bella candles and they are really something!
    And they sound really expensive :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    Anything you can do to recycle them is great! I'd wash them out well and cover them with Christmas fabric for pencil holders and desk assessories for the holidays!
    That's another great idea. Maybe I could make pin cushions after I cover them in fabric....hmmm....

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    Fill them with buttons! It is so pretty.

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    I keep all the little bits of leftover wax from other candles and put them in the jar and then use a candle warmer to melt it all together. Very economical cz no wax gets wasted.

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    You can make gifts with bath salts using them. They are adorable with your homemade salts and label.
    homemade bath salts
    For the Bath Salts Recipes -
    one cup epsom salts or 1/4 cup sea salt, 1/4 cup
    baking soda
    a dash food coloring
    1 or 2 teaspoons of glycerin per jar - optional, but glycerin is an effective skin moisturizer and a nice addition
    a couple drops essential oils (I don't always add this, some people don't like the overpowering scent.)

    Epsom salts and sea salt are soothing for tired muscles, while both will gently soften the water for a luxurious bath experience. You could also add a tablespoon or two of finely ground regular oatmeal (not quick cooking) for silky, skin-softening water.
    Mix together and put in glass jar. Make a label listing ingredients, add a scoop if you want on a ribbon ( i use the scoops that come in gateraid mix)

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    I have a friend that washes them and gets really small rocks or sands and glues it on the outside of the jars....she adds a votive candle and sells them at craft fairs. It's amazing how well they sell!

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    I have them all over my sewing room, holding anything and everything. :D

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    I like the idea of melting down the bits and using the warmers...:D:D:D
    thank you for the bath salts recipe too :D:D:D
    I buy other candles and sit them in the empty jars..I have a couple that are a little bigger than the candles and they don't look bad sitting in there. You can also glue tissue paper on the outside to hide the gap in the candle and the glass and it makes a pretty glow behind the tissue paper.

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    I use them to put buttons ,my little beads, old needles so I don't stick myself. I have decorated them with ribbions and put gift cards in them to give away. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by redrummy
    You can make gifts with bath salts using them. They are adorable with your homemade salts and label.
    homemade bath salts
    For the Bath Salts Recipes -
    one cup epsom salts or 1/4 cup sea salt, 1/4 cup
    baking soda
    a dash food coloring
    1 or 2 teaspoons of glycerin per jar - optional, but glycerin is an effective skin moisturizer and a nice addition
    a couple drops essential oils (I don't always add this, some people don't like the overpowering scent.)



    Epsom salts and sea salt are soothing for tired muscles, while both will gently soften the water for a luxurious bath experience. You could also add a tablespoon or two of finely ground regular oatmeal (not quick cooking) for silky, skin-softening water.
    Mix together and put in glass jar. Make a label listing ingredients, add a scoop if you want on a ribbon ( i use the scoops that come in gateraid mix)
    Thanks for this recipe :-D

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    Our recycling center won't take candle jars--don't know why.
    When there's just a little bit of candle left in the jar, can I set it in a pan of hot water to melt and then add to it from other candles? Seems like the last little bit of candle doesn't want to burn.

    Anybody tried this??

    Sue

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    Yes I have. I melt the wax from one and pour it into the other. I use a knife to remove the metal piece and wick, then microwave it for a few seconds and pour it into the other jar.

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    Thanks, Amma!

    Sue

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    You are welcome...those candle bits are like our fabric scraps...toooooo goooood to waste :wink:

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    Anyone notice the Yankee Candles have about 2 inches of wax left now after the wick has burned down. The last 3 candles that I have burned have done this. That is a waste! The candles are expensive as it is.

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    I also have cleaned them out and then put them in the dish washer for a really good cleaning...
    and then I place them on the kitchen shelf to hold my vitamins ..

    I was great for forgetting to take those daily pills when I had to go into the cabinet to get them.

    Solved my forgetful problem and this way they are out in the open and look rather nice.

    mj

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    Where do you find new wicks to make your candles?

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    I just buy scented votive candles and put in a new votive when the original candle is used up.

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