4 Quick and Easy Candle Jar Upcycle Ideas

March 19, 2020

One thing that universally unites us all is that we are all busy…like really busy. There never seems to be enough hours in a day or days in a week so the small things end up falling to the wayside. So keeping this in mind, I thought I would share 4 fast and easy ways to upcycle and reuse your Fragrant Jewels candle jars.


Nothing shocking here…there are millions of candle planters floating around on Pinterest, but there is a reason why this is such a popular option. It’s fast, simple, and also acts as a great decor item. A few things to keep in mind for this upcycle are to be sure to select plants that are the correct size. Always be sure to follow the planting and watering steps that are specific to your chosen plants.

Pen Holder

The only step for this upcycle is to be sure you fully clean out the wax and burn marks…no one wants dirty pens. If you are like me then you probably have writing instruments scattered all over your house or workspace, but you can never find one when you need it. This upcycle will not only add a cute decor element to your desk, but will drastically increase your organization game with little to no cost or effort.

Makeup Brush Holder

Everything mentioned for the pen holder option applies here…especially the cleaning aspect. One minor addition for using the jar as a brush holder is that it is helpful to add something to the bottom of the container to help keep your tools upright. You can use pebbles, rice, or anything that you might have on hand. This DIY can easily be accomplished without having to buy any additional supplies. 

Night Light

I’m notorious for getting up in the middle of the night to get water…or a snack…most likely a snack…and running into everything because I don’t want to turn on the lights.

A simple and inexpensive solution to all of my stubbed toes was to add a nightlight to my kitchen. I wanted something functional and stylish so that it wouldn’t clash with my kitchen decor. One night a few weeks back I was making my journey through my dark apartment when I walked into a box and it turns out this box was full of empty candle jars. That’s when it hit me…literally I guess.

I reluctantly flipped on a light, grabbed a satin jar, and pulled out some twinkle lights from the Christmas decor pile that was currently residing on my dining room table. Once I made it to the kitchen I flipped the switch on the strand of lights, put them into the jar, and set the now glowing container on my counter.

I was shook…all of those nights wandering in the dark and the solution was sitting in front of me all along. Needless to say, that jar has been hanging out in my kitchen ever since.

JulieAnn Whittemore

JulieAnn Whittemore

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