A House For Your Matchsticks: a DW Home DIY Project!

Published On Apr 18, 2024

One of the best parts about being a candle lover is coming up with creative ways to re-use your candle when it’s been burned through. Lately, we have been obsessing over turning our used up candles into match holders! To celebrate Earth Day, we wanted to share a fun (and super easy!) way to repurpose those cute candle jars you have lying around (we don’t like throwing the pretty ones away either)

-Matches (we used 4 inch matches for our project)
-Strike Paper (we ordered ours as pre-cut stickers from Amazon - there are a ton of different shapes/colors you can choose from!)
-Glue & Scissors (if not using pre-cut strike paper stickers) 
-An empty, cleaned-out candle jar
    1. Start with selecting your preferred empty candle you want to use. If there is still some wax inside, here is the easiest way to clean it out:

    Boil some water on the stove or using an electric kettle. Once the water has reached its boiling point, carefully pour water into the empty candle jar, filling up to one inch from the top. Let this sit until the water has cooled and the wax has pooled and hardened at the top. Once you have reached this stage, remove the wax, empty out the dirty water, and pull out the wick. Now all you have to do is wash your empty candle jar with soap and water. Don’t forget to dry it too!
    Now onto the fun part...
    2. Decide where you will want to put your strike paper for lighting your matches. The bottom of the candle is always a great spot for it, but don’t feel limited! On the inside of the lid is a great option too! (We recommend you do not stick the strike paper on any lid that could be dangerous such as wood lids or cork lids). Once you decide on a spot, attach your strike paper!
    3. Fill your candle up with unused matches. We love aligning our match stick height with the height of the candle jar!
    4. Put on the candle lid and viola! You now have the cutest match holder. The possibilities are endless when it comes to repurposing candles! We are always blown away by your creativity with them and we can’t wait to see what you’ll do next.
    Happy Earth Day friends!