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Upcycling Empty Candles

August 2, 2015

I have a serious problem with scented candles and I frequently get stuck with the leftover jars. I feel bad throwing them out, so I try to repurpose them. This weekend I decided I wanted to add a little pizzazz to my office area by making a sparkly candle holder.

Here is what I used:

My empty candle. This one smells so good so I’m sad to see it go, but it is about to be so stylish! 

Mod Podge, sponge brushes, and gold glitter. I got all of my supplies from Hobby Lobby, but you could find them at any craft store.

Here is how I did it:
1. Take your candle jar and put it in the freezer for 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on how much wax is left.
2. Remove the wax using a butter knife, but be careful as the glass has weakened from heating and cooling throughout the burning process.
3. Clean any excess wax off with hot soapy water. This will also help in removing the label.
4. Once your jar is completely dry, apply a thin coat of Mod Podge with the sponge brush to the outside of the jar.
5. Sprinkle glitter carefully over the jar until evenly coated. I did this over a paper towel to make cleanup a little easier. Let dry.
6. Once dry (2-3 hours later), apply another thick layer of Mod Podge to the outside of the jar to seal the glitter. Let this sit overnight and in the morning your jar should be ready to go!

Finished product! Currently I am using mine to hold a mini candle, but these jars can be used as vases, pencil holders or makeup brush holders! And the best part is they cost so little to jazz up!

Another way to use it! A pretty vase full of pink hydrangeas.

You are loved,



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