I was walking into the kitchen with my jars of empty candles that no longer burned and my husband looked at me like I was crazy when I didn’t throw them into the garbage.
See, he is usually at work when I am doing my thing so he doesn’t see half of what I do and can’t judge me but he caught me this time. But, he just didn’t understand. Candles stop burning after wick goes down too low but there is still wax in there. So, instead of throwing the jar out, I take the wax out and use them in my tart burners.
It is super simple to do. I put the candle in my sink upside down and run hot water over it for a minute to loosen up the wax. I stick a knife around the edges and it pops right up. I do have to break the wax in half to get it out of the top though.
I let the wax cool and throw the pieces into a Ziploc bag. FREE wax melts for my tart burners! Then, whenever I need a tart, i just grab a piece of wax from my bag and put it in my burner instead of having to buy them.
And, depending on where the candle is from, some of them come in some really nice glass jars that can re-purposed into drinking glasses with a quick run through the dishwasher and some Goo-Gone to get the stickers off.
We use the Glade candles (empty obviously) as great OJ glasses for the morning.
My daughter uses the Bath & Body Works candle jars at her vanity to put Q-Tips, cotton balls, elastics and other things in to stay organized.
I really like to get the most use out of everything and always try to figure out how to get the most bang for my buck with everything we have- including candles! Do you do this too? Or, do you have other ideas to re-purpose your candles? I would love to hear them!