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7 Simple Ways to Repurpose Your Candle Vessel

7 Simple Ways to Repurpose Your Candle Vessel

If you're a fan of burning candles, you know that eventually, the wax will be gone and you'll be left with an empty vessel. But before you toss it in the recycling bin, consider giving it a second life by repurposing it.

Cleaning and preparing your candle vessel for reuse is easy – just follow these steps:

  1. Put the candle in the freezer for at least an hour to harden the wax.
  2. Carefully use a butter knife or spoon to lift the remaining wax out of the vessel. If it doesn't come out easily, gently create cracks in the wax and let the pieces fall out.
  3. Use a pair of pliers to remove the wick and its holder.
  4. Wash off any remaining wax residue with hot soapy water.
  5. Hold the label under a warm hair dryer to loosen it, then peel it off. If any residue remains, use mineral oil or Goo-Gone to remove it.

Now that your vessel is clean and ready to go, it's time to get creative! Here are a few ideas for repurposing your candle vessel:

  • Use it to organize your bathroom by storing cotton swabs, cotton pads, cotton balls, and manicuring tools like scissors, nail clippers, and tweezers.
  • Keep all your hair elastics and bobby pins in one place by storing them in the vessel.
  • Use it to hold multiple chapsticks or lip balms in one convenient location.
  • Use the vessel as a planter for a small cactus or succulent, adding rocks for drainage.
  • Create a mini herb garden by adding soil and seeds to the vessel.
  • Add some decorative flair to your home by using the vessel to hold found items from nature like pine cones, pine needles, or dried flowers, which can also add pleasant, subtle scents.
The possibilities for repurposing your empty candle vessels are endless – all it takes is a bit of creativity and resourcefulness. So next time you finish a candle, don't throw away the vessel – give it a second life and share your creations with us on Instagram or Facebook.

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