Candle Jar Upcycle

For a long time I’ve felt guilty about tossing empty candle containers into the trash, especially when so many of them are quite elegant.


The problem is obvious: the vast majority of the time, the candle burns unevenly into a tunnel shape or else it melts down to a little nub at the bottom.

A nub that I cannot chip out for love or money.

Hence, the toss.

Recently, though, I hit the jackpot: two candles burned cleanly down to the bottom of the jar.

When the last bit of fire snuffed itself out, I use a paper towel to wipe down the sides and bottom. The key here is that the wax was still warm, making this easy to do.

Next I cleaned both jars with soap and water. One was a clear container and I put it through the dishwasher. It came out nice and sparkly!

I’m currently using both of them to hold items on my desk at work.

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(And yes, one of them is stuffed with lip glosses).

Two other tips I found online for cleaning wax residue:

  • Place jars in the freezer overnight, then use a butter knife to chip out the residue. Clean with soapy water.
  • Pour a small amount of boiling water from a tea kettle directly into the candle jar. The water will melt and displace the wax, and as the water cools, the wax will float to the top in a disc. Remove and clean with soapy water.

P.S. Here are a few other snaps from my desk:

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My Mom and Trixie. She’s so small! And my hot pink Buddha.

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Smiling sperm beanie doll. One of the perks of being an OBGYN: sperm toys.

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I think this is an X-bearing sperm. (Nerdy doctor joke).







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