10 Ways to Repurpose Your Candle Jars and Tins

Ever wondered what to do with your candle jars and tins once your favorite waxes have all burned away? I thought it would be fun to compile a few ideas on what to do with your old jars/tins or how to repurpose them to keep the magic of your book-inspired candle alive, even after the scents are long gone! 

 

PUT THEM BACK ON YOUR BOOKCASE

 

This is the reason why half of us collect candles, right? We love the aesthetics! Cover up the tin and stick it right back on your bookshelf and no one will even know it’s empty. Got a jar? Fill it with something like crinkle paper, confetti, or other decorative means to add some color back into it!


MATCH CONTAINER

 

What better use than to store matches? If you use matches to light your candles, this is a fun way to store them! This pin features a lid that was modified to hold the strike area too!


FAIRY LIGHT DISPLAY

 

Fairy lights are a popular #bookstagram prop and fun for atmosphere in general! Add some lighting back to your candle jars for photo purposes or for a little mood lighting.


COSMETICS CONTAINERS

 

Clean out your old jars and toss in make-up, brushes, cotton balls, or anything else that fits! Some candle jars have gorgeous labels (if you can keep them dry or they are water-resistant) that will fit well with some bathroom or bedroom decor!


SOAP DISPENSER

 

I haven’t tried this myself but I want to because it looks really cool! Create your own fancy soap dispenser from an old candle jar! There are a lot of Pinterest tutorials on how to do it with a mason jar but I imagine you can fashion one from some candle jars too!


FILL IT WITH FLOWERS

 

From tall jars to minis, you can arrange flowers in any sized jar or create a whole flower display! Let your inner-decorator out!


COIN TIN/JAR

 

Tins are a little bit harder to repurpose sometimes but they make excellent coin containers! Jars have the opportunity to maybe hold a little bit more.


GET YOUR GREEN THUMB ON

 

Don’t take my word for it because I haven’t tried it, but I love seeing little plants in tiny containers! I wonder how well they grow and I’m guessing there are specific plants to try this with based on how their roots grow… but it could be fun to try in a larger tin!


STORE YOUR HEADPHONES

 

Headphones can be especially tricky to store. Empty out that small to medium-sized tin and load your headphones in there!


GET ORGANIZED!

 

Tins and jars make great storage containers too! Pens, pencils, paperclips, push-pins, you name it! Decorate your workspace or office with office supplies in bookish containers. Got tins? Check out a magnetic strip (a strong one so they’re not constantly falling off!) to hang across the wall and support your tins full of supplies there!


How have you reused or repurposed your old candle tins and jars? I’d love to hear it!

If you have other Pinterest ideas, I’d love to follow you! Find me on Pinterest and let’s get creative!