One of my favorite “decorating” elements for our home is candles. Ya’ll, I love candles! I usually burn through them much quicker than I intended to when I bought them. (Sadness. If only they lasted longer!) The problem is, once the candle is gone you’re left with a glass jar. Unless you burn through candles like I do… then you’re left with a BUNCH of glass jars. But what to do with all the glass jars?
Well, I like our home to be clean and simple, so I usually don’t keep anything that won’t be useful or pretty. But candle jars are useful. And pretty. So I usually keep them and try to find a use for them. I’ve found a lot of new uses for them over the past few years, like cute containers for Qtips and makeup brushes! But my favorite reuse for candle jars is the one I’m sharing with you today.
This repurpose of candle jars actually happened because I bought some little houseplants and couldn’t find cheap pots for them. Actually I didn’t want to spend any money at all. We had just bought our first house and we didn’t really have a lot of money left over for “housey” things. So I started looking around the house for something I could use as new homes for the little ivy and ferns I’d bought.
Well, since I make a habit of decluttering, I didn’t really have anything around to use for pots! Gosh darn. I did have the candle jars though, and they looked to be just big enough. So I thought I’d give it a try. If I didn’t like it, I could always just put them back in the plastic pots they came in. So I washed out the glass candle jars to get all the wax out of them, then added some potting soil and put the little plants in their cozy, stylish new home. Don’t they look great?
After trying the look, I find I like it! I think our new glass “planters” look clean and understated. There are a few drawbacks though. Most pots have a hole in the bottom so that the soil drains and you don’t drown your plant, but candle jars (understandably) don’t. I thought about adding some tiny, white rocks to the bottom of the jars so that the roots won’t sit in the water and drown, but decided to try it with just the potting soil. Then I was very careful not to over-water them. Or let my husband water them! (Not that he would do that. 🙂 ) And so far it’s worked out really well!
The other thing that might be a problem later on is the size of the candle jars- they’re usually fairly small. If you have a plant that grows larger, you may end up needing to repot it so that it doesn’t get root bound and unhappy. One of my plants did “outgrow” the candle jar, so I repotted it. Most of my plants seem to be a miniature variety though (they didn’t have any labels on them when I bought them) so they’re just fine!
What do you use candle jars for? Do you hoard them like me?