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What To Do When the Candle Is Gone?

Updated on January 16, 2016
Captured fairy
Captured fairy
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paper lace, ribbon, trim, filigree mount, cabochon
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Paper lace, pin, ribbon, dangle
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Vintage paper, ribbon, key and dangle
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Vintage clip on earring, ribbon, string of pearls, tag, sheet music
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Earring, string of pearls and paper lace
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Don't Toss Those Empties

What to do with all those empty candle jars? Whether they are large with lids or small Glade style.... reuse! But how do you clean the remnants of candle wax from inside? Stick them in the freezer for a few hours (I usually forget mine overnight). Use a spoon or dull knife to scrape the frozen wax out. It usually comes out pretty clean. Then run them through the dishwasher to finish cleaning them up.

Large lidded ones are easy to repurpose. They are great for use as canisters to hold just about anything. They're tight sealing lids are great for keeping items clean and dry. Or maybe even capture a fairy‚ô•

What I like to do with the smaller ones is decorate them and reuse. You can embellish them in a number of ways to suit your style or some one elses...perfect little remembrance gifts! There are a few examples to the right to show you what I've done in the past. As you can see I've used what I've have on hand, no need to purchase any special items, unless you want to. Your hot glue gun or any adhesive you have on hand will do to attach your embellishments to the glass candle holder.

Some of the materials I've used: vintage music pages, ribbon, old jewelry, keys, whatever suited my fancy at the time. Add a tea light or votive and your ready to go.

Very easy, unique and special because they are made by you!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I love your jars. I have so many candle jars what a good idea to make them over. Can you believe I just got another one from my dentist. They were giving them away for Mother's Day. It was the last thing I needed.

      Voted Up.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow very beautiful. I love your jars! It's so creative of you.

      voted up and shared

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Great hub. I reuse all my candle holders too. Have made some great gifts out of them. Voted up+.

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      Love the captured fairy jar! Adorable ideas. :)

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      DragonflyTreasure 5 years ago from on the breeze.........

      moonlake, I guess your Dentist what just trying to be thoughtful...or get rid of an overflow! LOL Either way that was sweet

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      DragonflyTreasure 5 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Thank you so much! Much appreciated ?

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      DragonflyTreasure 5 years ago from on the breeze.........

      So glad to hear you reuse them too. Seems such a waste to toss them. Love that you give them as gifts.

      Thank you so much, I really appreciate it!

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      DragonflyTreasure 5 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Thank you! I think she's a sweetie too ?

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      Anan Celeste 5 years ago from California

      Loved the captured fairy Jar! My daughter loves it too. She is going to make one for her best friends birthday tomorrow! Talk about perfect timing. I have a shelf of jars, and I reuse them, but never thought of giving them away as gifts. Thank you dear.

      PS

      My daughter says thanks for the idea.

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      DragonflyTreasure 5 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Hi ananceleste,

      So glad this came in the knick of time! I think her friend will be surprised and delighted to receive a gift made by your daughter! Wishing her a great time at her friends birthday ?

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      snowdrops 5 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Very very very creative! I used make this one too..give as a token or gift since i cannot afford to buy one :) lol. So very nice of you to share this! I love it!

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      DragonflyTreasure 5 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Snowdrops, yes they make sweet little gifts. Money is so tight these days for most everyone, I'm always looking for a way to make it stretch. Made all of my Christmas gifts last year and saved a bundle. Besides I think handmade made is much more personal ;)

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