You Crafty Bitch
I am a candle addict, especially when it comes to Bath and Body Works candles. There are a lot of really good ones and a few duds too. I have never had the energy to re-use the servicable glass jars that they come in up until now. You can do so many things with these jars it's ridiculous. Today, I'm going to be making three different candle jars in to a matching set using scrapbook paper and mod podge. For this project you will need:
- Wax paper
- Scrapbook paper
- Sandpaper (or a nail file)
First you need to prepare your candle jars by getting the last part of the wax out of the bottom of each jar. I like to do this by putting the jar in the freezer for a couple hours (1). Yes, this candle still had life in it, but the smell was terrible so, in the freezer you go.
Once you've done this, the wax should be cracked like this (2) and easy to remove gently with a knife (3).
The residual wax,, stickers and glue at the bottom of the jar can be removed with warm water and dish soap (4). PUTTING HOT WATER IN A FROZEN GLASS MIGHT SHATTER IT, WAIT UNTIL THE GLASS GETS CLOSER TO ROOM TEMPERATURE BEFORE YOU WASH IT.
The biggest issue I had with the Yankee Candle jar was getting the stickers off of it. I ended up rubbing olive oil on it and they finally came off (5, 6 and 7). Yankee Candle, your stickers can suck it!
Now that all of the detritus has been removed from the candles, all you do is take their caps and trace each one on the back of a card stock paper (8 and 9). I chose a grey flowered sheet of scrapbook paper from Joann Fabric, it was 59 cents originally but I think I got it for much cheaper with a coupon. Cut each circle out and set aside.
Now for the Mod Podge. Dip the foam brush in to the Mod Podge and apply liberally to the top of each jar cap. Place your matching scrapbook paper on top of the Mod Podge and use the base of the jar to press down for at least one minute (10). If you don't press the paper down it will bubble and your project will look like a four year old did it. After pressing the paper, brush a coat of Mod Podge over the scrapbook paper and on the edges of the cap as well. Let them dry and then apply another coat of Mod Podge (11). It's best to put your drying caps on wax paper because it's easier to remove from a waxy surface.
If you have extra Mod Podge dried around the edges, you can sand it off with sandpaper, I used my nail file and it worked fantastically.
I used them to store my nail polish
This is what they looked like when I was done.
Hellloooo Used Candle Jars... Meet My Storage Solution