Easy DIY: Recycle (& Upcycle!) Candles
I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I want to start doing DIY posts about once a month! I’m obsessed with HGTV and DIY ideas. It’s another way to have a little fun and get creative! I mentioned this idea to one of my new coworkers recently and she loved it so much I wanted to share with you all too!
Candles are such a staple to make a home feel more cozy, but what do you do once you use it up? Most candles come in cute glass jars and my favorite ones are the 3-wick candles from Bath & Body Works! I will only buy these on sale, and I always take advantage if I need more. My sister gave me this idea originally but I finally made it a reality! It’s pretty simple and even the most awkward DIYer can totally pull this off! Turn your leftover glass candle jars into jars for your bathroom. You can upcycle them and use it for Q-tips, cotton rounds, cotton balls, disposable sponges- so many possibilities!
To start, you need to remove the label. Start out by soaking the jar in soapy water and remove as much of the label as possible. For the residue, take equal parts baking soda and oil (any kind) and rub the paste over the jar. Let sit for about 20 minutes and then wipe off the paste. For stubborn spots, use your fingernail, an abrasive side of a sponge, or steel wool. To get your jars to match, spray paint the lids! I used this Brushed Nickel one from Lowe’s. Note: I would also top this off with a spray sealant. Both Michaels and Lowes have good options for about $7. After the initial spray paint investment, you can do multiple jars! After everything’s dry, just put your things inside the jar and display on your counters.
And there you have it! A super simple DIY that looks adorable and is super functional. I also love that you don’t have to just use this for your bathroom- it could be counter decor in the kitchen or in the living room. And you can swap out what’s inside to match the seasons! Let me know if you like these types of posts- or have ideas for my next one!