Up-Cycle Your Empty Candle Vessels


We love breathing new life into beautiful things around the home and office, not least of all our empty candle jars (as you can imagine, we have quite an impressive collection).


Instead of throwing the burnt-out vessel away, we have come up with a few useful tips on removing the wax and some imaginative ways to re-use the vessel.



Removing the Wax.


Once you have burned your candle to the bottom, the first thing you need to do is clean out the wax. The easiest way to do this is to stick your candle right in the freezer. We usually do this overnight, but it would work after a few hours. The wax will contract in the freezer, so a simple nudge with a spoon is all it will take to pop the wax out.


Next, clean the jar with hot, soapy water to get all of the wax residue off and…hey presto! It’s like brand new.


Up-cycle Inspo.


Looking for some inspiration? Here are some of our ideas on how to reuse your candle vessel (the possibilities really are endless!);


  • Our ceramic vessels are the perfect tea or coffee mug, especially as they are dishwasher, microwave and oven safe!


  • For the bathroom, our favourite way to re-use those beautiful vessels and jars is as storage for cotton pads and cotton tips, that way we feel organised and stylish all at once.


  • Another great tip is to store and organise your makeup brushes rather than leaving them sprawled out across the bench. This way you know exactly where they are in a hurry! 


  • For those who are artistically inclined, keep your paint brushes neat and tidy in our pretty ceramic mugs.



  • Need somewhere to store all your rings, earrings and other precious pieces? Look no further than your candle vessel. It will keep all of these small pieces in one cute and tidy place.


  • Sweet tooth? For a little fun, brighten up your space with a colourful bowl of lollies!


  • Saving coins? Instead of getting a not-so-stylish piggy bank, clean out your candle vessel and put all your loose change in there. You’ll have enough money for those shoes in no time!



  • FLOWERS! We love flowers, I mean who doesn’t really. Beautiful flowers and scented candles seem to be a perfect match, so what better way than to team them together – repurpose your candle jars as a sweet little vase for your weekly flower purchases.


  • In a similar way, we love to use our burnt-out candle vessels for our growing collection of succulents and indoor plants. Freshen up your desk space or bedroom with a little greenery love – we love a coloured cactus in an old candle jar. Don’t forget to add rocks to the bottom.



  • Hate plastic and boring pen holders in your office? Simply scrape out and clean the wax from your burnt candle to reuse it as a pretty pen cup.


  • It doesn’t work for every vessel, but our favourite thing to re-use our Alchemy beaker candles for is drinks! They are a stylish match for your weekend vino.



If you have more ideas for repurposing your empty candle vessels, we want to hear from you! Post an image of how you re-use your empty candle vessel and tag @thecandlelibrary. If we share your post you will receive 20% OFF your next purchase at The Candle Library.