Upcycle: Candle to Organized

This is one of the only times in my life where I can fully focus on home.

In this in-between stage of undergrad and graduate school, I’m embracing domesticity at it’s every turn. Honestly, it’s something I truly enjoy. Having time to make, clean, mend, recreate is refreshing. I’m no longer in the rut of rushing.

So today I documented the process of turning a used-up candle into a sparkly, nick nack jar.

Here’s where I began:

  1. I finished burning the candle for the last time. candle upcycle (1 of 18).jpgcandle upcycle (2 of 18).jpg
  2. Let the candle cool once you blow it out.
  3. Place the candle in the freezer. This will cause the wax to harden past a normal room temperature level. candle upcycle (7 of 18).jpg
  4. Set a timer for an hour or two. Go about your day.candle upcycle (8 of 18).jpg
  5. Return to pop the wax out with a butter knife. This should and will work like magic.candle upcycle (12 of 18)candle upcycle (13 of 18)candle upcycle (14 of 18)
  6. Scrub the glass’ smoke stained interior with the rough portion of a sponge. Use a lot of liquid soap and the stains will come right off.candle upcycle (16 of 18).jpg
  7. Let the glass dry or if impatient like me, pat it down with a towel.
  8. Place your new objects in your glimmering, upcycled jar.candle upcycle (18 of 18).jpg
  9. Be thankful a quick job saved money and saved you from purchasing a new empty jar when you already owned one.

Converting a candle into a container is a simple introduction into upcycling. It’s relaxing, and at the end of the process, you have a more organized home.


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