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These Are the Best Ways to Reuse Your Old Candle Jars
Reuse your old candle jars

These are the Best ways to 

reuse your old candle jars

It’s a sad day when you reach the end of your candle. The flame flickers out one last time, leaving you with half an inch of wax and used wick at the bottom of a beautiful jar. What do you do with it now?

This question plagues many candle lovers. You enjoy buying new candles, but you end up with a collection of used jars you don’t want just to throw away.

If this sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we’re going to show you how to reuse old candle jars all over your home, from storage to decor. So clean out your used candles, and let's get started.


Office Storage

If your desk is a mess of office supplies, old candle jars can help. Choose clear ones so you can see what’s inside easily. Soon, you’ll have your desk in tip-top shape, inside and out.

How to make the most of your candles and use them as storage

Storage Ideas:

  • Paper Clips
  • Rubberbands
  • Push Pins
  • Pencils and Pens
  • Rulers
  • Miscellaneious office supplies

Bathroom Storage

Candle containers can help you organize a messy bathroom, too. Jars without lids are perfect for this, so you can easily access your bathroom necessities.

Storage Ideas: 

  • Q-tips
  • Cotton balls or rounds
  • Ponytails
  • Hair Clips
  • Makeup Brushes
  • Bobby Pins

Tips for repurposing your candle jars


Get your loose change under control by putting it inside a candle jar in a visible place. When the jar’s full, take it to the bank. Old candle containers also work great to hold rainy-day funds in a secure location.


If you’re not careful, jewelry can take over your entire dresser. Keep it under control using old candle containers to hold and organize your jewelry.

Storage Ideas: 

  • Earrings
  • Rings
  • Bracelets
  • Pins & Brooches

Kitchen Items

Glass jars and metal tins are lifesavers in the kitchen. You can put pretty much anything in them. They’re a great way to save money on kitchen organization, and you’ll have unique containers you can’t find at Target or Home Goods.

Storage Ideas:

  • Spices
  • Small utensils
  • Spatulas
  • Cupcake liners
  • Chip clips
  • Measuring Spoons

Craft Supplies

Don’t leave your craft room unorganized. Candle jars can help you here too, keeping all your supplies neatly sorted and contained.

Storage Ideas:

  • Buttons
  • Notions
  • Paintbrushes
  • Markers
  • Paint
  • Thread clippings

Candle Supplies

Ironically, you can store your candle care supplies, such as a wick trimmer or lighter, in an old candle jar. Put your matches in another jar with striker paper on the bottom to make a beautiful DIY match holder.


Candle Holder

Large candle containers make fantastic holders for free-standing candles, keeping the wax from running everywhere while they burn. Consider painting or decorating the jar for different holidays or to match your decor.

Fairy Lights

A large candle jar looks amazing when filled with a string of fairy lights. You can leave it plain or decorate it further with:

  • Bows
  • Greenery
  • Glass Pebbles
  • Acrylic gems
  • Flowers

New Candle

Make a new candle in your old jar for the ultimate reuse project. You can find kits on the internet to mix your own scents and create unique candles. Or take leftover wax from other candles and melt similar scents into the jar to create a new candle.



Many candles come in cups or mugs that you can use afterward these days. But any good-sized candle, especially ones in Mason jars, makes great glassware. Just make sure you clean the jar well and check the glass is toxin-free before you drink out of it.

Plant Holder

Candle jars don’t have the drainage to put a plan in directly, but you can use them to hold plants in uninteresting pots. Or try using them to propagate plants or grow an air plant.


Candle jars are wonderful gift containers. They look pretty, and the recipient can reuse the jar when they take your gift out. Consider using one for:

  • Jewelry
  • Flowers
  • Dessert Mixes
  • Candy
  • Gift Cards

Food Prep

Candle jars make great containers for people who like to meal prep. Once again, make sure your jar is food-safe and free of wax residue before you try this. A good-sized jar can hold anything from overnight oats to salad and soup.

DIY Beauty Products

Old candle tins are perfect for making your own beauty products, such as lip balm, solid perfume, or skincare. You can keep cleaning and reusing it for new products whenever you run out.

If you need more ideas for ways to reuse your candle jars, check out our Pinterest inspiration board. There are so many ideas we couldn’t include here to reduce waste and find new uses for these useful containers.

Looking for new candles in beautiful jars that you can enjoy now and reuse later? Check out our modern jar candles. Your choice of our amazing scents in a gorgeous container you’ll be eager to reuse.

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