Recycling Candle Jars into Beautiful Planters.

An easy step by step guide showing you how to turn an old bath and body works candle into a beautiful planter.

I have a severe case of cabin fever. I want to go outside in shorts and a tshirt, wade barefoot through the creek in the woods, and stay out until the only light left comes from the fireflies.

Too bad last night we got another two inches of snow.

To offset my longing for spring by just a little I made purchase of some seeds and soil and I decided to start my own little summer from my bedroom. After purchasing lavender, cilantro, basil, and carnation seeds along with small little planters, I decided I wanted to do something a little fancier for my lavender.

I considered painting a pot or just buying an extra pretty one, but then I recalled a friend of mine telling me how to clean candle jars to get really pretty, nice glass jars. It’s really simple and as soon as my lavender sprouts, it will be beautiful! So here is a little step by step guide on how to clean out those old candle jars so many of us have lying around the house!

An easy step by step guide showing you how to turn an old bath and body works candle into a beautiful planter.

The process is surprisingly simple, it took me no more than ten minutes after I got the candle out of the freezer. All you have to do is let it chill for at least fifteen minutes so that the wax is easier to remove. After you’ve gotten the candle out of the freezer take a butter knife or a similar object and start chipping away at the wax. You can then either dispose of the wax or save it for a future project.

An easy step by step guide showing you how to turn an old bath and body works candle into a beautiful planter.

As soon as you get the wax out you may be lucky and have a nearly clean jar, or in my case I had the metal anchor that the candle wick is attached to firmly glued down. In that case you are going to want to turn your sink on high and let it run over the bottom of the jar to loosen the glue. You can then use your fingernails to easily pry the anchor up, or use the butterknife if your nails are fragile.

Once that is done you’re going to want to use a washcloth to remove the rest of the wax, making sure that it doesn’t go down your sink drain.

An easy step by step guide showing you how to turn an old bath and body works candle into a beautiful planter.

Your final step is to use the jar for whatever you desire! In my case I wanted to use it to start my lavender plants, but really the options for these jars go far beyond making great planters! They are great storage in the bathroom, and they would make beautiful containers to hold sequins, beads, or glitter in a crafting area!

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  • I am so excited to try this! I have so many extra candles around the house that I don’t use anymore, but I love the jars. Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful project. Don’t forget to share it on my linkup today on the blog!

    • I think the jars are so cute, the bath and body ones are such high quality, too! I love it!

  • i 100% of the time throw these out…not anymore! pinning 🙂 xo, jess
    http://www.dreamingofleaving.com

    • Thank you so much, Jess! The jars are seriously so nice, I wish I would have saved a bunch of my old ones!

  • Jenna

    Wow, this is such a good idea! I love candle jars and never want to just throw them out. I like how you are growing lavender. I want to grow some herbs and spices in my kitchen using candle jars!

    • Thank you, Jenna! I love planting, I have a windowsill full of plants in my bedroom and in my dorm room at school. This is the first year I am trying herbs though, I just bought seeds for cilantro and oregano.

      Good luck with your plants!

  • Jenna

    Oh, and I am here from Come Along Wednesdays 🙂

  • Thank you so much for sharing on Come Along Wednesdays 🙂 Seriously love this idea 🙂

    • Thank you so much for hosting! It is such a clever idea, and thank you for the comment love, too!

  • amanda ripsam

    I love this idea. Even I can keep a plant alive this way 🙂 I’m known as a plant killer lol this seems easy enough though.

    • Thank you, Amanda! I hope you can 🙂 Good luck keeping them alive, maybe this is your year for a green thumb!