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« on: January 10, 2013 12:34:50 PM »

We love candles in this house...I mean LOVE. Being me, I didn't want to throw away the jars. Some candles come in some amazing looking jars that can be reused! So I looked up how to do it and it is super easy!

(I know that they are two different candles but you get the idea)

First you put the candle in the freezer for at least an hour. This will shrink the wax and make it easier to remove. After you take it out, get a butter knife or something else with a dull tip that will not break and start breaking up the wax. Next, put some baby oil on a cotton ball and wipe the inside of it. This will remove the film left by the candle. Then just was and there you go! Something else to use for storage or an art project!

Oh yea, if you are into making candles or would like to, you can save these bits of wax to use
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2013 11:55:06 AM »

I like the idea of putting it in the freezer to help remove the bulk of the wax.

I have found the putting them through the dishwasher after the majority of wax is gone works really well.  Of course, the container has to be "dishwasher safe" to start!  It gets all of that nasty stuff (wax, soot, fingerprints...) off, both inside and outside.  If it's really, really bad, I sometimes let it run through twice.

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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2013 01:46:27 PM »

I light the wick for a few minutes, until the wax softens.  Then I use a butter knife to scrape out the wax.  Washing it with the scrubbie I use on my regular dishes, along with dish detergent, has worked every time.

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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2013 04:52:11 PM »

All great ideas for reusing the containers. Thanks for sharing!

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« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2013 05:13:29 PM »

Great idea for removing the was from the jars!  I re-use the wax in my hot wax burner!
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2013 07:40:16 AM »

We love candles in this house...I mean LOVE. Being me, I didn't want to throw away the jars. Some candles come in some amazing looking jars that can be reused! So I looked up how to do it and it is super easy!

I take the glass with pliers and hold it in a pan of hot water, then scoop out the wax and clean the rest out with paper towels. After that, put the glass in the pan with hot water with a lot of shower gel or washing liquid and, using pliers, brush it with an old toothbrush.
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2014 11:15:23 AM »

When you refill your glass holder, put a little bit of water in the bottom of the holder (about 1/8" or so) and then drop your new candle in. The leftover wax at the bottom will just pop right out when you pry it slightly with a knife.
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« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2014 09:45:34 AM »

Great idea! Thanks for sharing.
Can I ask tho what you usually
do with the jars you have saved?

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« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2015 03:54:11 PM »

Some you can re-use as drinking glasses. Others, especially if they already are quite nice, I simply again use for candles or tealights.

But you can also become creative and decorate them with decoupage, lace, wire and beads and so on. You could use those with tealights or place a small flowerpot inside. Or use them as organizers for pencils and stuff. Just remember that you won't be able to put them in a dishwasher.  Wink

As for the wax, I collect it in two bags, one for coloured and one for white wax. When I have enough of both I take a plastic container (e.g. a cut-off water bottle), oil the inside with ordinary vegetable oil, put a candle stump in the center, fill the sides with broken bits of the coloured wax, slowly heat the white wax and pour it over the coloured bits up to the top of the candle. Be careful when heating the wax, as it is highly flammable! The best way is to put it into a tin and place that in a pot with water. Once the last bit has melted you can pour it. When the wax has hardened you can pull the candle out by the wick. If that doesn't work, massage the plastic container until the candle comes loose. And if THAT doesn't work, very briefly put the container into hot water. That should do the trick. Use a kitchen towel or some such to get rid of the excess oil on the outside of the candle.

The oil helps getting the candle out of the container.

And if you want to get really fancy, you can drop 5-10 drops of your favourite scented oil into the liquid wax to make your candle smell really nice.  Smiley

If you use a white candle stump, the colours will be most brilliant. If you use a coloured candle stump, that colour will shine through and influence how the coloured bits appear. E.g., if you have a lot of blue bits and you use a yellow candle, the bits will probably appear to be green.

Depending on the size of candle and container you will either have a thick or narrow wall of coloured bits. The thicker your wall, the more of it will remain after the candle has burnt down. If you have a very thick wall, you might even be able to re-use it with just a tealight inside. Or you could put one of those LED lights inside. This way you will have a candle that looks like the real thing, but could last for ages and can be placed where real candles would be too dangerous.

And once you get sick and tired of your candle, you can simply break it up once more and re-use the bits.  Grin
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2017 09:27:44 PM »

I've found that the freezer method works the best, to remove the wax.

I have been collecting all different kinds of wine corks and have filled the jars with them. Cute decoration.
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