I am in love with candles. Ask Gage, he'll tell you all about my addiction.
I just love the coziness of them. They are just one of those things that bring me pure joy. Don't worry, I also buy candle scents based on the season or holiday. Bath and Body Works are a must for seasonal candles. Call me cliche, I don't even care!
I go through so many of them that I have such a hard time just throwing away a perfectly good candle jar. Most of the time, you can up cycle them to something useful in your home. I've used jars for cotton swabs, various storage for small items, and some decorations. This time I decided to get a little more creative with it. I have never had real plants in my home, because they always end up dying under my care. At the same time, I love the look of real greenery in a home. It adds so much texture and color, and also refreshes the air. So lately I have been wanting to add some greenery to my home (crazy, I know), and thought what better way to do it than to up cycle a candle jar into a house plant! And let's be real, how hard is it to kill a succulent?
Seriously, how cute is that? Not bad for my first house plant ever. It's SO easy too. Here's how to do it:
There's 2 ways to remove the leftover wax from the candle:
1. Get your used up candle, and fill it with hot water and soap. Let it soak for 10-15 minutes.
2. After it has soaked, use a fork to break up the remaining wax. Rinse it out, and continue washing with the hot water until the wax is completely gone.
1. Get your used up candle, and put it in the freezer overnight
2. After it has frozen, use a fork to break up the wax. It should come out easily.
3. Rinse it out with warm (not too hot, the glass will crack) soapy water until remaining wax is gone.
4. If there is a sticker, take that off too using the warm water and soap.
5. If there is any residue from the sticker or black on the inside from burning, use some vinegar and a sponge to take off the residue.
6. You should have a clean jar now, and use a spoon to fill that 1/3 of the way with soil.
7. Transfer your plant into the jar, and finish filling/packing the jar with soil until the jar is full and the plants are placed how you want.
8. If you want a little extra texture, get some small rocks to top the soil (optional).
9. Give it a little water, and just like that you're done!
So cute and easy! I'm just a little proud ;). I plan on making many more of these in different shapes and sizes. Here's my next candle in progress. I got it from TJ Maxx, which has beautiful scented candles for cheap! I think it would make a great little planter after it's done burning.
I'd love to see yours if you try it! If you have any other suggestions on some D.I.Y's I'd love to hear them!