How to Remove Wax From a Jar

Time: 45 minutes
Materials: used candle, hot water, fine mesh strainer, soap & water

Learn how to remove wax from a jar so you can reuse your old candle containers!

When I bought this candle from Illume, I knew I’d eventually have to do something with the fabulous jar when the wick got too short. Well that time came earlier this week, so I decided to learn how to remove wax from a jar. The process is much easier than expected, here’s how!

How to Remove Wax from a Jar | The Crafted Life

First, bring some water to almost a boil and pour into your jar (works with glass too). You’ll want to make sure all the wax is covered, even the remnants on the sides. Make yourself a cup of tea with the remaining water, sit back, and wait for the water to cool.

How to Remove Wax from a Jar | The Crafted Life

Your wax should melt with ease. Once the water is cool, your wax will float to the top. Remove the wax and the wick stub with a spoon and throw out (unless you plan to reuse). You’ll want to pour the remaining water through a fine mesh strainer in order to filter out the smaller pieces. Make sure not to get any wax down your drain!

How to Remove Wax from a Jar | The Crafted Life
Clean your jar with soap and water, dry, and you’re done! For now I am using this as a flower vase, but may store my jewelry in it later.

How to Remove Wax from a Jar | The Crafted Life

How to Remove Wax from a Jar | The Crafted Life

What would you keep in your brand new jar?

Wire Wrapped Vase

Time: 40 minutes
Materials: vase, jewelry pliers and clippers, jewelry wire, nail polish + top coat, paper towel roll (optional)

DIY Wire Wrapped Vase | The Crafted Life

Begin by unraveling your wire and wrapping it loosely around your vase. This will give you an idea of how much wire you’ll need to achieve your desired look.

DIY Wire Wrapped Vase | The Crafted Life

Nail polish will allow you to customize your wire, and with so many colors available, the possibilities are endless! Wrap your wire around a paper towel roll and apply 1-2 coats of desired color(s).

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Apply a clear top coat to set. When dry, flip roll over and complete the same process on the unpainted wire.

DIY Wire Wrapped Vase | The Crafted Life

DIY Wire Wrapped Vase | The Crafted Life

Once your wire is good and dry, wrap once around your vase and twist with your jewelry pliers. Leave a small section of wire to help you finish at the end. Wrap the wire around the vase until you can’t make it around again. Twist the remaining wire to the small piece you left at the beginning. Use your jewelry clippers to cut off any excess wire. Be sure to wear protective eyewear and clip the wire away from your face.

DIY Wire Wrapped Vase | The Crafted Life

Fill with flowers and enjoy! To make your wire really pop, take a large plant leaf and wrap on the inside of your vase.

DIY Wire Wrapped Vase | The Crafted Life

Dotted Vase

Time: 10 minutes + dry/bake time
Materials: glass vase, paint brush, glass paint (vitrea 160)

DIY Dotted Vase | The Crafted Life

DIY Dotted Vase | The Crafted Life

1. Use the end of a paint brush to make your dots. Wipe clean after each color.

DIY Dotted Vase | The Crafted Life

DIY Dotted Vase | The Crafted Life
2. Once you’re pleased with your design, leave to dry for 24 hours then bake for 40 minutes at 325˚F.

DIY Dotted Vase | The Crafted Life