We all have our particular talents. Mine, I’ll willingly admit, does not fall within the realm of repurposing potentially disposal packaging. A depleted cereal box in my mind belongs in the recycling bin, not in the craft room, getting gussied by way of decoupage and called a storage solution (though I give it over to the people who have the imagination for such a transformation).
There is, however, one item for which I make an exception: empty candle jars are commonly salvaged at LS HQ. In their least exceptional versions, candle jars are glass jars, and those are helpful for holding for about anything. At best, candle jars have lids, lovely labels, even display-worthy colors.
They’re also incredibly easy to convert, which is certainly part of the appeal for me.
[Place your candle jar in the freezer for at least a few hours. Next, take a knife and score around the edge of the wax and make a few cuts to break the wax up. It will crack into large chunks which you can easily remove. The metal wick base will either come right up with the wax or it won’t. I’ve experienced both scenarios. In the event that it’s glued down to the glass, I just fill the jar with hot soapy water and let it marinate for a while. Eventually, the glue loosens up and the base pops right out. Remove any labels, and use baby oil or even olive oil to remove any remaning waxy residue. Wash with soap and water, dry, and WHABAM, you’ve got yourself an empty jar.]
Use them for holding makeup bits:
or cotton pads and Q-tips:
Keep necklaces organized by hanging them over a candle jar edge:
Or keep coffee grounds fresh in a candle jar with a lid:
If your candle is especially chic, you might try transferring a small potted plant from the bog-standard planter to a more elegant residence.
Or keep cut flowers contained in a candle jar come vase:
Nail polishes will nestle nicely in an old candle jar:
As will hair bits like bobby pins:
Finally, a candle jar will work wonders as a pen holder:
Tell me, have you tried your hand at this DIY?Image credits: Glitter Guide, Can Can Dancer, Jasmine Loves Ikioo, Kristen Piancentini- Mayo, Luxirare, Trouwen in Toscane, Adore A Polish, Jasmine Loves, Dormify, Lonny