20 Things To Do With Recycled Candle Jars


We have shown you how to clean out your old candle jars, so now we want to share some ideas on how to use those empty containers. Many of these uses could be used with candle jars that came with lids, but if you don’t have one then simply cover where necessary with plastic wrap or tin foil.

  1. DIY Body Scrub Jars

    Make your own body scrub by mixing 1 part granulated sugar with 2 parts coconut oil and adding in some lavender essential oil and pure vanilla extract or any other essential oils that you like. Then scrub it on in the shower!

  2. Add old wax to make a new candle

    We showed you how to remove old wax in our last candle video, so you can simply take all that wax and add it to one jar, insert a wick and you have a whole new candle.

  3. Add new wax to make a new candle

    You can purchase wax at any craft store and just melt it down and add it to an empty jar, insert a wick and you have a brand new candle for much less than a one would cost at a specialty store.

  4. Add a tea light to make a cool indoor/outdoor candle

    Drop a tea light into the candle jar to create a nice visual effect to be used indoor or out. And if you want to get really creative, you can even take a clear jar and paint the glass before dropping in the light.

  5. Make into nice glasses / liquor glasses

    Candle jars are often made of thick, beautiful glass which in turn makes an excellent glass for liquor or otherwise. Start collecting these jars and you will soon have an eclectic collection that will look great at your next dinner party.

  6. Use for tea / coffee holders

    Store your tea or coffee in a jar and leave it on your counter for easy access that is visually appealing.

  7. Get the Last of the Smell Out

    Don’t take the wax out and simply place your nice smelling candle on the stove (but not the element), in the window on a warm sunny day or even on a mug warmer to get the last of the fragrance out

  8. Pens and pencils

    Empty candle jars make excellent pen and pencil holders. Just place it on your desk and fill with your favourite writing utensils.

  9. Spare change

    Leave an empty jar by the front door or on your dresser to drop your spare change into without losing it. Then once a month count your change, roll it and take it to the bank or buy yourself a little treat!

  10. Candy jars

    Take a few jars and fill them with your favourite candies to be left out on the counter for regular snacking or store nicely in the cupboard.

  11. Toothbrush & toothpaste holder

    Taller jars make excellent holders for your toothbrush and toothpaste, plus you can fill it with a mix of water and vinegar every once in a while to give your toothbrush a good cleaning!

  12. Planter

    Use a jar as a planter for a small cactus or succulent. It will create a nice home for it and look great on a window sill or table.

  13. Hold lip balms

    Are you a lip-balm-aholic? Do you have more than you know what to do with and yet you seem to never be able to find one when you need it? Then use a jar to store all those balms in your bathroom or make-up table.

  14. Guzzy it up and give it as a gift

    We’ve all seen those mason jar gift ideas but there is no reason that empty candle jars should be left out. Use it to give hot chocolate powder with mini marshmallows or cookie dough ingredients. If you don’t have a lid for your jar then take a nice piece of cloth and tie it on with twine or pretty string.

  15. Store hair elastics

    What woman or hair-bun touting man doesn’t have a million hair elastics lying around? These jars make excellent containers for all the elastics you have in every drawer of your house! Keep them in one or two jars and you will never be searching for an elastic again.

  16. Store your toiletries

    Is your medicine cabinet or bathroom counter a disaster zone? Quickly organize it and make it look really officials by designating a jar for cotton swabs, one for cotton pads or cotton balls and one for your manicuring items like scissors, nail clippers and tweezers.

  17. Air freshener

    Make your own air freshener to your specifications by filling an empty candle jar about three quarters of the way with baking soda then adding 5-10 drops of your favourite essential oil(s). This combination will freshen any room for about a week, after which time you can simply shake it up to loosen the baking soda and add more essential oil.

  18. Hold homemade bath bombs

    Making your own bath bombs is easy to do and lots of fun, but they aren’t the easiest thing to store. Create a home for them in an empty candle jar and leave them by your bathtub to brighten your bathroom.

  19. Bobby pins

    Along the same line as elastic bands, bobby pins seem to end up everywhere, so keep them contained in a jar.

  20. Pet treats

Your pets deserve a nice container for their treats as much as you do. Fill a jar with a lid with your furry friend’s favourite treats so they are easily accessible and they will keep well.

There you have it! 20 fun and neat ways to give your empty candle jars new life! Let us know in the comments below if there is a way you have reused your candle jars that we haven’t included.

Melissa Maker is an entrepreneur, cleaning expert, founder of Toronto’s most popular boutique cleaning service, and star of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube (but she still hates to clean!). Every week, Melissa delivers new videos dishing expert advice on cleaning products, tools, DIY substitutes, and practical, timesaving solutions to everyday problems. Melissa has appeared on the Today Show, and has been featured in InStyle, Real Simple, and Better Homes and Gardens.


  1. Great ideas. I have a scrapbooking/craft room so I save all my Talenti gelato tubs and my glass candle jars and any other cute see through jars or tubs for organizing my crafts, buttons, and more. Recently I took my glue sticks out of the store bought clamshell and put them in a Yankee Candle jar and it looks great cause the glue sticks have those colorful labels in pink and yellow! Wish I could share a photo.


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