You guys. This “project” I’m about to share with you is almost too simple.
It’s so easy, you might roll your eyes at me.
But! Before I did this, I had no idea it was possible. It had never even crossed my mind! So, just in case there are other clueless people like me out there who never have thought to reuse your old glass candleholders…this one’s for you.
I’ve been working at my new desk area for a few months now, and I’m really loving the dedicated work space. It’s pretty awesome to have a place where I can sit and focus for a few hours at a time in the evenings, and it all stays contained instead of getting spread around my house.
But, one major problem I had when I first set it up was that I never bought something to hold my pens and highlighters on the top of my desk. So, every time I wanted a new color pen (which is often because I’m a color-coder), I had to open the drawers and pull one out.
I’m going to sound like a spoiled little brat here, but that got old after a while. Especially when I was doing it more than 4 or 5 times every single time I sat down to work.
So, I decided I needed something to put my pens in. But, I didn’t want just anything… I wanted something pretty. One day when I was thinking about what I could do, my eyes landed on the pretty candle I was currently burning, and I remembered that it was almost completely burned out.
And just like that, I knew how to solve my problem.
Now, I’m sure there are plenty of you out there who do this all the time and think I’m crazy for calling this post a tutorial, but I had to do a bit of research to figure out how to make this happen without getting wax all over my pens. So, either I’m a big dummy or this isn’t as intuitive as you might think.
(It’s entirely possible that I’m just a big dummy)
My ever-so-scientific method of research (AKA: Google) told me that you basically have two options when it comes to getting leftover wax out of a candle – freeze it, or melt it.
Freezing it sounded like the easier option, so I threw my jar into the freezer for a few hours and then came back expecting to be able to pop the wax right out of the bottom just like Google promised me.
But it didn’t work.
Maybe it’s because my candle jar has a unique shape and there were too many angles, but freezing was not the method for me. So I decided to try melting. (Although, I will say I later tried freezing a more plain-shaped one, and it worked like a charm!)
All I did was get some water boiling in my tea kettle, and fill up my jar. Then, I waited.
I gave it a few minutes to start melting, then I used a butter knife to start to poke holes in the wax in the bottom and gently try to lift it up. After just a few seconds of work…
The leftover wax popped to the top!
I dumped the water and wax into the trash can (not down the sink – don’t ever dump it down the sink!) and repeated the process – there was still a bit of residue sticking to the sides, so I wanted to make sure it was as clean as possible.
I filled the jar up two or three times with boiling water, each time allowing it to sit for about five minutes before dumping it out. Once I was sure all of the wax was gone, I gave the whole thing a good scrub-down with some soap and water, and then…
I’m so pleased with how it turned out and, honestly, I don’t think you can even tell that there was ever a candle in this thing.
Except, of course, it still smells amazing, which is just a bonus.
Now that I’ve done this once, I’m finding myself scoping out all of the different candles in my house to see which other ones I can repurpose! I’m always a fan of projects that are cute, free, and only take a few minutes to accomplish.
Have you ever cleaned out an old candle holder? Am I the only one who had no idea this was a thing??!