DIY: Candle Jar Containers

Possibly one of my favourite but easiest DIYs out there.


  1. When you’ve burnt through all of your candle, pop it into the freezer overnight
  2. In the morning, take it out the freezer and smash the wax with a knife (be careful not to smash the glass!)
  3. Remove excess wax from the jar
  4. If there is still wax remaining in the jar, pop in some hot water and washing up liquid and leave overnight
  5. Scrub away at the wax to remove it all
  6. Taa-daa! You now have a jar that you would have originally thrown away!

I personally like to use my jar with the lip clip for Q-Tips and my stag candle for cotton wool pads, but there are THOUSANDS of uses for these! Heres a few if you’re stuck for ideas:

  • Makeup brush holder
  • Coin jar
  • Hair clip holder
  • Hair band holder
  • Re-make your own candles
  • Jewellery holder
  • Indoor plant pots
  • Sweets (Make sure your jars are cleaned properly since you don’t want the smell to affect the taste)
  • Pen and pencil pot

What do you keep in your recycled candle jars?



  1. 19th June 2017 / 3:42 am

    I love this! I might have to do this when my candle burns up. 👍

    • 19th June 2017 / 3:43 am

      Theyre so handy! I have so many empty candle jars now that I’m running out of things to put in them haha!

  2. 19th June 2017 / 6:20 am

    Nice DIY tip! I’ll definitely try this once I use up all my candles.

  3. 19th June 2017 / 6:29 am

    Another tip to get out the wax is to take hot water and pour it in there and let it sit and the wax will just float to the top

  4. 19th June 2017 / 5:41 pm

    There’s so awesome what a great idea 💡!!! Xx

      • 19th June 2017 / 5:51 pm

        Was the Antler candle from M&S!? I am sure I saw one like that at Christmas & really wanted to get it!xx

        • 19th June 2017 / 5:53 pm

          Yes! They still have some beautiful ones out now with the different lids on! They’re stunning! I’m going to get me a little collection going haha! xxx

          • 19th June 2017 / 5:55 pm

            Hahaha, knew I had seen it somewhere! Those Christmas smells are amazing!! I am going to pop in there at the weekend and check them out!xxx

          • 19th June 2017 / 7:25 pm

            Do it! They had this fig scented one and it smelt amazing!! xxx

  5. 21st June 2017 / 2:27 am

    Love this! I already use the glass jars, but I’m up for adding a little flare!

  6. 22nd June 2017 / 3:42 pm

    I use old candle jars for my cotton pads, q-tips, hair elastics and bobby pins!

    • 23rd June 2017 / 6:04 am

      I feel like no matter how many times I have a place for my bobby pins and hair elastics, I always manage to lose them!! Haha!

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  8. 27th July 2017 / 1:56 pm

    I’ve been keeping the empty jars from my candles simply because I knew I would eventually be able to use them for something. This gives me some great ideas. Thanks for sharing!

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