If you’re anything like us, you feel a little bit sad when your favorite candle is on its last leg. Whether it’s because the simple scent filled you with happiness or the jar is just too pretty to part with, these five tips will help you repurpose that candle into a permanent fixture in your collection of knick knacks and sentimental sundries.
Organize a guest bathroom: If you need to stock a guest bathroom but don’t want to spend a ton of cash on new countertop accessories, use your old candles! Remove the wax by first freezing the candle overnight and picking out the bits at the bottom. Then wipe the residue clean with white vinegar or baby oil and a lint-free cloth or paper towel. Use the clean jar for cotton swabs, cotton balls, makeup remover sponges or anything else your guests might need. Make them match with some paint or a hot glue gun and rhinestones.
Make warmer cubes with leftover wax: Once the wax is past the point of no return, you can begin the salvaging process. Using a bit of hot water in a pot, you can melt the remaining wax and pour it into an ice cube tray to use in an oil warmer. Ready to get adventurous? Mix together your wax scraps and make an entirely new scent for your home. This is a great excuse to stock up on new candles from SampleHouse so you can start experimenting!
Keep your makeup brushes in one place: Ready to get all your makeup brushes out of the bottom of the bathroom drawer? We thought so. Once you have a jar cleaned and free of all leftover waxy residue, fill it about three-quarters full with decorative sand, pebbles or even Epsom salts and the place your brushes in it (handle side down, of course). This will keep your brushes all in one convenient place and the bristles exposed to healthy light and oxygen.
Add a candlestick: Grab a few cheap candlesticks from the craft store or the dollar store and attach one to the bottom of a clean candle jar with a bit of hot glue or glass bond. Let it dry for several hours, and voila! You have yourself a new holder for all things tiny—change, buttons, lip balm, pens, orphaned earrings, keys and phone chargers. The possibilities are virtually endless and become even more fun when you add in some spray paint.
Metal tins make great kitchen storage: Don’t forget about the metal tin candles! They have a ton of uses, too. Once you get the wax cleaned out, you can spray paint and label these tins to give you a little help with organizing your kitchen. Cupcake liners, frosting tips, sprinkles, and even those tiny bottles of extract all have a new home instead of living at the back of the cabinet. Perfect!