autumn projects {little candle jar vases}

I’m the worst blogger ever, in the sense that I often overlook the little things that I probably should be writing about.  I’m always amazed at the beautiful content that some people can produce around the very simplest of things, and I’m challenged to share more of those too. (*It doesn’t always have to be an essay Emma!)

Someone was asking me the other day about how I manage to get the wax out of my candle jars, and it occurred to me that I should share it here.  It’s hardly going to change the course of history, but it is one of those little life hacks that will allow you to reuse glass candles should you wish to.  And if they’re particularly fancy ones, get more for your money too!





My jars once held my favourite Winter scent from The White Company (I’m waiting until October to feel I can legitimately burn it again!) and I’ve repurposed the jars all over our house.  They hold everything from cotton buds to soap and flowers, and even jewellery too.

To clean them out after use, you firstly put them in the freezer for twenty four hours.  The cold makes the wax contract and come away from the sides of the jar.  You can easily pop it out with a knife then, before washing them and reusing.  It’s the simplest of procedures but you’d not believe the years I stubbornly tried pouring on boiling water, before I discovered it.  Cue 678 cracked candle jars.  What a gal!

So here lies my most basic of posts.  I’ll maybe go against my better nature and be all succinct from now on.

Or not. 😉

E x


  1. Geralyn
    September 11, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    Brilliant tip! I always go fo the boiling water one & end up scalding myself! Thanks x x x

  2. Margaret
    September 11, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    Thank you Emma, I shall definitely be doing this. My freezer will be full of inedible things (like my ice cream maker too) but I get to reuse the candle jars so that’s a win. On the subject of candles, what frustrates me is when the candle burns down in the middle and then you’re left with a tonne of wax round the edge, which is particularly annoying if it’s a delicious smelling candle. Do you have any suggestions for this? Hope you have a happy week and we get some proper Autumn weather soon xx

    • LInda
      September 11, 2017 / 9:27 pm

      Do you have a wax warmer, Margaret? I have a simple one that just uses a tea light candle to warm the base, releasing the scent.. Great way to use up those leftover bits that are still scented.

      • Margaret
        September 11, 2017 / 10:08 pm

        Oooh yes I do! Thank you Linda, that’s brilliant!

        • Linda
          September 11, 2017 / 10:17 pm

          Oh, great! Glad to help.

  3. Heather Malcolmson
    September 11, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    Thanks so much for this Emma! Definately going to be easier popping it in the freezer than using a knife to scrape off the wax

  4. Caroline
    September 12, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    Hi Margaret, what you are describing is really annoying. In order to avoid it happening you should allow the candle to burn long enough that the whole top layer is molten. This is especially important the very first time you burn the candle. (This advice was passed on to me by the Bearded Candle Makers). That should help it to burn evenly.

  5. Margaret
    September 12, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    Thank you for your advice Caroline. I am guilty for letting my candles burn for only a short while, trying to preserve them.

    • Emma
      September 20, 2017 / 11:20 am

      You need to let it burn for at least 3 hours the very first time you ever burn it. This advice I have shared with everyone I know! 🙂

  6. September 13, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    Thanks for this lovely little post Emma, I will definitely have to try this handy candle jar tip! x

  7. September 14, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    Oh I do this with my candle jars too but man I do it the hard way. That’s so simple. I must take notes here and do this as I have a few at the end of their burning life now. This is just lovely and thanks for sharing the tip it’s a good one.

  8. September 22, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    Well this is genius! I have so many *almost* finished candles that would be perfect as cute vases. Thanks so much! This should go on Pinterest immediately!

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