Repurpose Your Candle Jars

Published On Apr 22, 2022

Reached your final burn? Here at DW Home, we are committed to encouraging our customers to up-cycle or repurpose our candle jars. Here's our three of our favorite ways to clean out your candle jar and some inspiration on what to do with your freshly cleaned jar!

1. The Freezer Method

One of the easiest ways (and our favorite way) to remove wax from your candle jar is the freezer method! Place your candle in the freezer for about 2 hours or until frozen. The wax will contract and become brittle in the freezer. Take the candle out of the freezer and flip it upside down over a paper towel. The wax should pop out. If the wax needs some help, you can use a butterknife or a spoon along the edges to help separate the wax from your jar. You can also break it up to make it even easier and it will come out in pieces. You can then wash your jar with warm water and soap to remove any wax residue. 

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2. The Boiling Method

If you are having a hard time getting the wax out of your candle jar, then this method will work the best for you! Boil enough water to fill your candle, carefully pour the water into your jar, and wait for the wax to lift up. You may want to use an oven mitt to hold the jar while stirring the water until the remaining wax has melted from the sides of the vessel. Allow the water to cool before throwing out the wax and draining the leftover water. Finish off by washing the jar with warm water and soap, and wiping away any leftover wax.




 3. The Oven Method

If you have multiple jars you would like to repurpose, then this method is fast and easy! Carefully carve out as much wax as you can using a knife. Heat your oven to 180 degrees and place a double layer of tinfoil on a baking pan. Place the candles upside down on the baking pan and let them heat in the oven for 15 minutes. The wax will drain out onto the tinfoil, making it easy to discard the wax. Carefully grab the warm vessel with an oven mitt and wipe away any wax residue with a paper towel. Allow the vessels to cool down then clean them out with warm water and soap, wiping away any leftover wax.  

Wick Clips: Once you've gotten most of the wax out of your jar, remove the wick and wick clip by gently pulling it. If you're having trouble, a pair of pliers will do the trick.

Don't forget to tag us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter with your creative repurpose projects with #DWRepurpose - we can't wait to see how you up-cycle your candle jars!