How to Reuse Yankee Candle Jars

How to Reuse Yankee Candle Jars

We have shown you how to clean out your old candle jars. Now we’d like to share with you some ideas on how you can use these empty containers. Many of these uses can be used with candle jars that have lids, but if you don’t, just cover them with plastic wrap or aluminum foil where necessary.

How to Reuse Yankee Candle Jars

DIY Body Scrub Jars

Make your own body scrub by mixing 1 part granulated sugar with 2 parts coconut oil and adding some lavender essential oil and pure vanilla extract or any other essential oils you like. Then scrub it in under the shower!

Make a new candle from old wax.

In our last candle video, we showed you how to remove old wax. So you can just take all the wax and put it in a jar, insert a wick and you have a brand new candle.

Add new wax for a new candle.

You can buy wax at any craft store and just melt it and put it in an empty jar, insert a wick and you have a brand new candle for much less than one would cost at a specialty store.

Add a tea light

Add a tea light to the candle jar to create a beautiful visual effect that can be used indoors or out. And if you want to get really creative, you can even take a clear glass and paint the glass before putting the light inside.

Shot glasses

Candle jars are often made of thick, beautiful glass, which in turn is great for liquor or anything else. Start collecting these glasses and you’ll soon have an eclectic collection that will look great at your next dinner party.

Tea and coffee holders

Keep your tea or coffee in a jar and place it on your counter for easy access and visual appeal.

Remove the last smell

Don’t take out the wax and simply place your beautifully scented candle on the stove (but not on the element), in the window on a warm sunny day, or even on a cup warmer to get out the last of the scent

Pens & Pencils

Empty candle jars make great pen and pencil holders. Just place them on your desk and fill them with your favorite writing utensils.

Small Change

Place an empty jar by the front door or on your dresser where you can throw your change without losing it. Then once a month count your change, roll it up and take it to the bank or buy yourself a little treat!

Candy Jars

Take a few jars and fill them with your favorite candies to leave on the counter for regular snacking or store nicely in the cupboard.

Toothbrush and toothpaste holder

Taller jars make great holders for your toothbrush and toothpaste. Plus, you can fill them with a mixture of water and vinegar every now and then to thoroughly clean your toothbrush!


Use a glass jar as a planter for a small cactus or succulent. It will make a nice home for them and look great on a windowsill or table.

Lip Balm

Are you a lip balm addict? Do you have more than you can use, yet you never seem to find any when you need it? Then use a jar to store all those balms in your bathroom or on your dressing table.

Hot Chocolate Gift

We’ve all seen these Mason Jar gift ideas, but there’s no reason empty candle jars should be left out. Use them to give hot chocolate with mini marshmallows or cookie dough ingredients. If you don’t have a lid for your jar, take a nice piece of fabric and tie it on with a string or pretty cord.

Hair ties

What woman or man doesn’t have a million hair ties lying around? These jars make great containers for all those elastics you have in every drawer in your house! Store them in a jar or two and you’ll never have to search for a rubber band again.


Is your medicine cabinet or bathroom counter a disaster area? Get organized quickly and make it look really official by designating one jar for cotton swabs, one for cotton pads or cotton balls and one for your manicure items like scissors, nail clippers and tweezers.

Air Freshener

Make your own air freshener to your liking by filling an empty candle jar about three-quarters full with baking soda and then adding 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oils. This combination will freshen any room for about a week. After that time, you can simply shake the jar to dissolve the baking soda and add more essential oil.

DIY Bath Bombs

Making your own bath bombs is easy and fun, but they aren’t exactly easy to store. Create a home for them in an empty candle jar and place them next to your bathtub to brighten up your bathroom.

Bobby Pins

Similar to rubber bands, bobby pins seem to end up everywhere, so keep them in a jar.

Pet Treats

Your pets deserve a nice jar for their treats as much as you do. Fill a jar with a lid with your furry friend’s favorite treats so they’re easily accessible and keep well.

There you have it! 20 Fun and cute ways to breathe new life into your empty candle jars! Let us know in the comments below if there’s a way you’ve reused your candle jars that we haven’t listed.

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