Candles are hot items for many households: they smell great, offer atmosphere and ambiance, and lend inviting warmth to your space with colors, scents, and vibes for every personality. Thing is, they all run out, and quickly if you’re a fan of putting on the flame. 

The good news is: there are loads of things you can do with the empty jars instead of throwing them away. Upcycling is the practice of turning old items into something new, and this keeps totally usable items out of landfills. Now that’s hot! 

Here are a few ways to DIY your way to crafty candle jar heaven:

  1. Create a clear, classy vase. Need a place to display all the bouquets you’ve been getting (or giving to yourself — you go!)? Clean off the labels off any sized-candle jar. Make a beautiful presentation in little corners and nooks, as well as making it the focal point of a centerpiece. Growing your own blooms more your style? Use the candle jar as a minimalist pot for planting flowers, herbs, and starter veggies this spring. 
  2. Use as a utensil holder. Why pay for a pretty new container for your utensils and implements when you can use what you already have? Keep makeup brushes, pens and pencils, and small kitchen utensils organized and visible on your countertop.
  3. Make a choice…jar. With the world at our fingertips, a simple idea like a DIY “choice jar” can spark inspiration with everyday tasks. Stuck in a mealtime rut and looking for inspiration? Solve both dilemmas and create a fun night in!
  4. Hold everyday items and special memories. A see-through place to put bobby pins, spare change, pushpins, and other little household items can help you stay organized. Looking for a more elevated option? Put your precious shells, sea glass, or heart-shaped rocks from travels and memorable moments on proud display. 
  5. Glow up with a DIY lantern. As the weather warms up, nights outside multiply! Add cozy sparkle to your evenings with glowing lanterns made from empty candle jars! Just place pinecones, craft moss, and fairy lights inside a clean and empty candle jar. 

Remember to share your upcycling creations using #UpcycleWithYC!

If you have no use for empty candle jars, some glass is safe for curbside recycling. Check with your local program about what types of glass they accept. Take care to remove the wax, wicks, and lids to ensure compliance!

If all else fails, you can send through the Newell Brands Home Fragrance Recycling Program, a free, national recycling program created by TerraCycle® and Newell Brands for all traditionally non-recyclable home fragrance products from Yankee Candle®, WoodWick® and Chesapeake Bay Candle®.

Simply use the interactive map below to find a participating Yankee Candle® retailer where you can drop off, and if there isn’t one near you, join this program for free and download a label to send your collections to TerraCycle.

Do you have other candle jar upcycling ideas? Tell us in the comments of this blog!

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