28 Ways to Reuse Your Candle Jar

28 Ways to Reuse Your Candle Jar

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Are you a Southern Oak Artisan customer and looking for the best reuse candle jar options? We love that sustainable mindset, by the way! There are several ways we reuse and repurpose our candle jars. We will mention those, and give you lots more!

Southern Oak Artisan candle jars are the perfect vessels for other things Since our 100% handmade soy candles burn clean, you only need to clean them out after they burn completely. Once you have done that, there are a plethora of options to use the jar again. 

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When this Morning Brew Candle jar is empty, it can be reused to store the coffee beans.

Did you know that glass can be reused and recycled endlessly with no loss in quality? We like to keep things healthy and safe, while also being sustainable. It is why we love using jars as the containers for our candles.

28 Ways to Reuse Candle Jar

Our glass candle jar can be repurposed for many other uses. You may not shop for our candles just for the glass jar, but it’s quite the advantage, right? Bonus, there is a lid that comes with our candle jars, so it makes the perfect vessel.

Let’s get to it, then! Get that empty candle jar into a new role within your household.

Here are some ideas:

  • Mini Plant Containers: Perfect for small succulents, herbs, or starting seedlings. 
  • Storage Containers: Keep small items like buttons, beads, screws, thumbtacks, or nails organized. 
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  • Spice Jar: You can purchase spices in bulk and put them into the jars. Some places will even allow you to bring your clean jars and fill them right in the store.
  • DIY Body Scrub Holder: Mix up your own body scrub with sugar and coconut oil and store it in there.
  • Tealight Holder: Place a small tea light (real or battery-operated) outside for a cozy ambiance.
  • Desk Organizer: Store pens, paperclips, and other office supplies.
  • Makeup Brush Holder: Keep your brushes tidy on your vanity.
  • DIY Terrarium: Create a mini indoor garden with rocks, moss, and tiny plants. You can even find miniature people for your terrarium on Etsy. 
  • Spare Change Jar: Collect loose coins until they fill the jar, then go to your bank to deposit or turn them into cash.
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  • Food or Snacks Container: After you clean the jar thoroughly, you can store snacks like peanuts or even small portions of items for your lunch tote.
  • Q-tip Holder: Keep your cotton swabs organized and within reach.
  • Party Favor Containers: Fill them with small items for your guests to take home as gifts. This can be food or other items. The jar is a gift in itself.
  • Craft Supply Storage: Loose thread, thimbles, or sequins are perfect to be gathered inside our small jars. 
  • Kids’ Science Experiment: Add water, oil, and some food coloring to show kids how oil and water don’t mix, but they create a really cool ocean in a bottle. 
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  • DIY Bath Salts: Mix Epsom salts and essential oils for a relaxing bath.
  • Pet Treat Container: Keep cat or dog treats fresh and easily accessible.
  • Homemade Jam Jar: Fill it with your homemade preserves for a tasty gift for someone else, or yourself.
  • Wine Glasses: Use the empty jars as a glass of wine, or add them to a bottle and give them as a gift. 
  • Travel-Sized Toiletry Container: Perfect for shampoo, conditioner, or lotion.
  • Toothpaste Holder: Create your own toothpaste and store it in the small jar.
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  • Toothbrush Holder: The jar makes for the perfect toothbrush cup for your bathroom, and even doubles as a water gargling cup. 
  • DIY Snow Globe: Glue a miniature person or house to the inside of the lid. Add water, a couple of drops of glycerin, and glitter. Close it and shake it up for your own snow globe. 
  • Gift Packaging: Fill with homemade treats or small gifts for loved ones. You can even tie a ribbon around the top to make it even cuter. 
  • DIY Room Decor: Paint or decorate the jar to match your home decor style. You can even add fairy lights to the jar for a whimsical colored light. 
  • DIY Soap Dispenser: Fill with liquid soap for a stylish bathroom accessory. You can even drill a hole in the top of the lid and put a pump through it.
  • Memory/Gratitude Jar: Fill it with notes, ticket stubs, and other mementos from special occasions. We know someone who puts a note each week of the best thing that happened to them. At the end of the year, they open the jar and read all of the notes. 
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  • Flower Vase: You can cut flowers down and insert them into the jar to make a short, mounded flower arrangement. 
  • Fun Things to Do: Write down fun things for your kids to do, or even date night ideas on tiny pieces of paper. Add them to the jar. When your kids are bored, or when you and your spouse need some time together but aren’t sure of what to do, grab one, read it, and go have some fun!

Making Your Purchases Sustainable Purchases

Even if you didn’t have the idea that you would be able to reuse your Southern Oak Artisan candle jar for other uses, we hope you will consider doing so. 


We appreciate our efforts in being a sustainable business, creating products you and your family can know and love, while also being healthy for you and your environment. Looking for more ways to make your home an eco-friendly home? Check out these simple steps for crafting your eco-friendly home.

Now, with all of these options for repurposing, give your glass candle jars a new lease on life. Let the upcycling fun begin!

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