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Re-Purpose Bath & Body Works Candle Jars

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Have empty candle jars?🕯️

Consider cleaning them out to re-purpose around the house! I’m addicted to buying those yummy smelling Bath & Body Works candles from Hip2Save deals, and quickly noticed a collection of empty jars forming.

Instead of tossing in the trash, consider turning them into handy containers for small bathroom supplies, beauty products, craft supplies, and pantry storage. There are so many things you can keep in them!

The secret to cleaning glass candle jars is to freeze them for at least a few hours, and then you’ll be able to use a butter knife and crack the wax easily and remove. Trash or save the excess wax to place in a wax warmer, if desired!


To remove the labels easily, first soak the jars in hot soapy water, and then they will usually come off pretty easily. For removing super stubborn adhesive residue, consider using acetone or Goo Gone.

Tip: If there’s still a little wax residue inside the glass, place in the microwave for a few seconds to help melt and it will be easier to wipe clean.


Here are three easy ideas I was able to implement right away to re-purpose my jars…

1.) Bathroom Apothecary Jars

To create a q-tip and cotton ball storage for the bathroom, I glued these small clear glass knobs to the top of metal candle covers using e6000 craft glue. They look so pretty on the bathroom counter!



2.) Food Storage Containers

Use jars in the pantry to store smaller items such as nuts, rice, and coffee, etc.


3.) Candy Dish

As a fun holiday idea, use as a candy dish to hold mini candy canes or small chocolates!


Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 120

  1. Luke

    Greetings,

    *Stepping out in faith here.* My name is Luke Anthony. Due to some family needs I want to start making candles for supplemental income. I am in the Kansas City MO area. I have made some candles in the past so……some experience. My objective is to build a brand and secure a corner in the market. I am coming to you all for assistance. Is there anyone that has some jars that can be re-purposed or would be willing to help me get started and supply me with a small kit, jars, I.e. wax, wicks, accessories please? Please feel free to contact me anytime at 913-293-8583.
    Thank you in advance for your consideration.

    Best,

    Luke Anthony

    • Nicole Donnelly

      I do not because I sell Scentsy products however because I support small businesses, I will absolutely support yours. It also helps that you’re located in KC and that happens to be my hometown, although I haven’t lived there in nearly twenty years. Please keep in touch and let me know once your business is up and running as I would love to purchase some of your products. Best of luck in all you do! Nicole Donnelly wittyandwickless@gmail.com

  2. Brenda Gordon-Pscheidt

    Here’s a helpful tip i’ve discovered. I reuse the cotton that comes in medicine/vitamin bottles to wipe out the warm wax. It works much better than a paper towel. The wax seems to stick to it better.

  3. Rochelle

    Do the lids come off when using the knob or do you remove the plastic gasket under the lid?

  4. Rachel B.

    I did the boiling water method to get rid of the wax & I think it worked better than the freezing method.

  5. Tammy G

    I have a house plant that keeps reproducing so I spray paint candle jars to plant them in and give them away.

  6. Laura

    I love these ideas and I’ve used them for planting succulents. But I have never really been able to get the scent out of the jar, so I wouldn’t be able to use them for food like nuts or rice, etc.

    • JRC

      Hi!! I haven’t tried any of these suggestions yet but I know doterra lemon essential removes smells from most things! Maybe that will help you. I’m anxious to try these!!

    • Sarah

      What a good idea. I’ve been thinking about bringing some succulents to work.

  7. Leslie

    Thanks for this post. I reuse these jars many different ways. I put artificial sweetener packets in these near the coffee pot for a coffee station. I take the tops off and store plastic spoons in these for ease of use. At my office, I use these with the tops for storing large binder clips, rubber bands, etc. In the bathroom, I put rubber bands and hair accessories in these. My teen stores her makeup brushes in one of these without the top.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Great ideas!! Thanks so much for sharing Leslie ❤️

  8. Lena

    How do you remove the metal from the candle wick? I had no problem with the wax but can’t remove the metal parts.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      So I froze my candle overnight and then used a butter knife to loosen the metal wick – try to get under it and lift. it came out pretty easy that way.

      • Leslie

        I do the same as Lina. sometimes, I use a spoon to wedge gently between the metal wick holder and the base of the glass. Also, if you put some warm water in the jar, it will usually loosen the metal.

  9. Joyce Raney

    I put the jars on an electric warmer and when the wax melts the metal loosens and floats in the wax so I just pour it out into coffee cans.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      great idea! Thanks Joyce!

  10. Cindy Dreste

    Why don’t you recycle the jars and give discount on future purchases?

  11. Maya

    Hi, how do you get the smell to come out? I want to reuse for food items, but I would prefer my food not to taste like the candle scent. Is there a way to remove the plastic on the lid to get rid of the scent?

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