Repurposing ideas for candle jars

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

This post is sponsored by Circa Home

I shared a little secret with you all a little while back that I was a candle hoarder.  I wouldn’t use them because they were too pretty (I know crazy right).  However, I managed to get myself out of that mentality and I am so pleased I did, I truly wish I had done it sooner.  The beautiful fragrance and the calm feeling of a the light flickering in the room is so very relaxing. Plus I have learnt that having a different fragrance for each room give it a different feel.

{The Organised Housewife} Candle Fragrance by Room 8

I have shared below some of my favourite Circa Home fragrances for each room in the house.  These would make such a lovely gift idea this Christmas. Plus what do you do with the jars once you have used up the candle, read more below for some creative ideas!


Fragrance by room

I have found that particular fragrances are best for different rooms in the home, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.  Like subtle florals for the living and bedroom areas fruity food like scents for the kitchen (to compliment what you are cooking) and fresh outdoor ocean smells in the bathrooms.

The choices of fragrances these days are endless with diffusers, soy or wax candles from budget to designer brands.  I have tried many over the past few months, budget friendly varieties and those that are a little more pricey.  I was given a beautiful expensive candle as a gift earlier this year and I was pleasantly surprised with how long it lasted, I had it burning for weeks before it reached the bottom, which made me realise for future purchased I can justify the extra spend as I had burnt out a few budget varieties in the same time as one of the expensive.

The Living Areas – A light and airy fragrance

A diffuser can be open and then forgotten about and what I love most about them is that you have a fragrance in the room all day long. I like to have one in the main area of the home, in an area that is walked past often so a fruity smell is always picked up.

My pick:  1977 Pear & Lime is an invigorating blend of zesty Mexican Lime, Anjour Pear, Warm Vanilla & Sandalwood.

{The Organised Housewife} Candle Fragrance by Room 2

After the kids are in bed and the house is quiet I really enjoy sitting in a dark lounge room with a candle flickering, it’s so relaxing.  Plus as you can see in the picture below the jar can be repurposed making a great little feature in your home (see more ideas at the end of the post to repurpose your candle jars).

My pick: 1972 Coconut & Orris Root is an uplifting blend of Pineapple, Coconut and Vanilla for an exotic and delicious fragrance.

{The Organised Housewife} Candle Fragrance by Room 3

The Kitchen – fruity food scents

I don’t have candles burning in the kitchen, more so on the dining table.  I often burn them on a Friday or Sunday afternoon as I am pottering in the kitchen.

My pick:  1998 Mango & Papaya is an inspiring blend of tropical fruit, Vanilla and Musk which delivers a little piece of tropical paradise to your home.

{The Organised Housewife} Candle Fragrance by Room 4

The bathroom – fresh and ocean like

We all know toilets can smell, I like to keep a diffuser close by to the kids toilet to gently give a fresh ocean smell to cover any nasty ones.

My pick: 1979 Oceanique Transports the freshness of the ocean with an uplifting blend of Orange Blossom and Bergamot.

{The Organised Housewife} Candle Fragrance by Room 6

The Bedroom – florals

Burning a candle in the bedroom helps to set a romantic atmosphere or a calming mood if you are wanting to spend some time quietly reading.

My pick: 1961 Jasmine & Magnolia is a warming balance of Jasmine, Frangipani and Sweet Musk that brings back memories of escaping to the garden on a bright spring day.

{The Organised Housewife} Candle Fragrance by Room 8

The Office – fresh and energising

I like to have some pretty flowers (fake or real, I’m not fussed) and a candle next to me while I work, when I get a little stressed an overwhelmed a candle helps me calm down.

My pick:  1986 Lilac & Orchid Classic Candle is a floral medley of Toyoran Orchid, Hyacinth, Tulip, fresh cut grass, White Pepper and Rosemary.

{The Organised Housewife} Organise office 6

Home fragrance isn’t just limited to candles and diffusers though

The Circa Home Hand Wash is lovely and soft on the skin and leaves your hands smelling beautiful, filled with moisturising olive leaf extract, antioxidant rich vitamin E and a delicate evocative fragrance.

{The Organised Housewife} Candle Fragrance by Room 7

My pick for the Bathroom:  Jasmine & Magnolia 

My pick for the Kitchen:  Mango & Papaya

dividerIdeas to Repurpose a Candle Jar

After a candle has burned it just doesn’t feel right to put such a beautiful jar in the recycle bin.  The Circa Home candle jars have a lovely frosted thick glass and wooden lid which makes them perfect to up-cycle and reuse.


The jars are really elegant on their own and can store a variety of different items around the home, here are a few of my ideas:

Fill the jar with lollies


plant a succulent



great for storing cotton buds, the jar fits perfectly on top + fill jar with beads and store makeup brushes

{The Organised Housewife} Candle Fragrance by Room 9

a pencil cup


or you can get a little inventive and colour the jars, here I have sprayed the bottom of the jar with gold metallic.  Use as a vase, pencil holder or as a storage jar.

Metallic Candle Jar Repurposed

the ideas are endless





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Lilian October 30, 2014 - 6:54 AM

Wow, I have never considered reusing the candle jars, this is such a great idea. I’m going to try the succulent idea, I think this looks gorgeous. My favourite Circa candle is the mango and papaya without it burning it still has a beautiful fragrance.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 30, 2014 - 10:34 AM

I love the succulent too Lilian, it’s a lovely little addition to the home, I am thinking of putting one next to my husbands bed as it’s still very masculine, swapping the crystals for little pebbles.

Jen P October 30, 2014 - 6:55 AM

Those poppy’s look absolutely gorgeous in that vase. I have been looking at buying some concrete dipped planters, but I might try these ideas instead.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 30, 2014 - 10:35 AM

Great idea to make your own Jen, it was really easy, I put some masking tape around the area I didn’t want coloured and used Gold Spray paint to paint the area, it dried within minutes.

Mascha October 30, 2014 - 8:02 AM

Another amazing post! I love candles as well, but often think they are too precious to burn. Or I just forget to… I’ll try to get myself in to the habit of burning one every day! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 30, 2014 - 10:36 AM

You should burn one each day Mascha, I used to be the same as you didn’t use them because they were too pretty, but I get so much more satisfaction now out of the beautiful flickering light and fragrance it’s so calming in the evening or having one burning while I am working.

Annette October 30, 2014 - 8:57 AM

I love your candles and the type and size.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 30, 2014 - 10:37 AM

They are a really lovely size Annette and the burning last for so long, so many great uses. I may or maynot have the jar of jelly beans next to me right now!! LOL.

Astrid October 30, 2014 - 9:31 AM

I put a tea light candle in them around the bath.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 30, 2014 - 10:38 AM

Perfect idea Astrid, that would look really pretty!

Leanne - Lime & Mortar October 30, 2014 - 10:26 AM

Wow Kat those are some fantastic uses for the jars. I love the scents you use in your living space.

I would use the jars to organise all those bits & bobs in the study – paperclips, push pins, erasers etc. Pretty & easy to access <3

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 30, 2014 - 10:39 AM

Leanne, that’s a perfect idea, and I have found they fit perfectly with the lid on in my drawers, not too tall. Don’t forget to enter your answer into the form above to confirm your entry!!

Nat @ This Little Yellow House October 30, 2014 - 1:11 PM

Funny that you should post this right now as I have been watching YouTube videos (doitonadime) about re-purposed little jars like this. I have been hunting my house for such containers but I didn’t have any that weren’t already being used.

I was looking for containers to store my little girls hair ties so that is what I would use it for.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 30, 2014 - 10:13 PM

Aah great minds Nat, I love the idea of repurposing, using again for another use, organising the hairties is a great idea.

Rachel October 30, 2014 - 4:15 PM

Ive started using the glass for afternoon drinks. Clean out the leftover wax and put it in my dishwasher and wah lah a fancy glass for a mock tail or cocktail:)

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 30, 2014 - 10:14 PM

Wow Rachel that is a fabulous idea I haven’t even thought of that, that would make a very classy glass!

Virginia October 30, 2014 - 4:38 PM

If they’re the right shape, as a drinking glass.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 30, 2014 - 10:14 PM

That’s one idea I didn’t think of, the would make lovely drinking glasses.

Jayne G October 30, 2014 - 6:34 PM

I love candles! I keep some mints in an empty jar in the kitchen and I have two jars in the laundry – one for coins I find in Hubby’s pockets and another one I put my velvet soap in. Looks much prettier than a soap dish:) I have my make up brushes in one and cotton buds in another in the bathroom. Did I mention I love candles!

Linda Tonkin October 30, 2014 - 7:11 PM

Circa Home are my favourite candles. They leave a subtle scent even when they are not burning. I use my leftover jars for my earrings and other jewellery.

Leah October 30, 2014 - 10:49 PM

I love the circa mango and papaya diffuser…it’s a shame my 2 yo recently poured 2 bottles down the toilet 🙁

Sabi October 31, 2014 - 2:39 AM

such a handy post! Love the idea of a diffuser near the kids bathroom, why didn’t I think of that?!

Spices and herbs! I started collecting a vast array of clear glass candle jars and the store my herbs and spices perfectly and its soooo pretty! Little splash of blackboard paint so I know my cumin from my coriander and I’m done!

Chris Morgan October 31, 2014 - 7:11 AM

Love Circa candles. Love recycling them on my school desk- pencils, paperclips, etc- certainly uplifts my ‘teacher’ desk. I was a candle keeper too- but now love burning them!

Sharlene Hitchens October 31, 2014 - 7:24 AM

I love the succulent idea too 🙂 a little cluster of different sized jars filled with amazing succulents on a window sill would look incredible.

Nicole Lennon October 31, 2014 - 7:44 AM

I use one to hold my make up brushes and the others hold my growing collection of lipsticks. They’re organised according the their colour ranges. Similar lipsticks and glosses go in the same candle jar. Easy access for a makeup addict. 😉

Rhonda Lockery October 31, 2014 - 7:49 AM

I love my Circa Home candle jars
they are so classy & great to reuse for so many things
My guests love that I have one on the table with little boxed flavoured teabags

Kristy Rodway November 2, 2014 - 6:47 AM

Great to use as canisters for all your little bits and pieces either in the kitchen (lolies, teabags cooking salt) and are great to sort your sewing bits into. Buttons, pins etc.

Andrea Henschke November 2, 2014 - 7:16 AM

mango & papaya is my favourite, I use the jar to put ear buds in ( boring I know )

Mandy Moncrieff November 2, 2014 - 7:48 AM

I have a mango & papaya diffuser in my dining room. It’s so Devine! In the bathroom I also have the same fragrance hand wash. Everyone now loves to wash their hands!

Terraise Davey November 2, 2014 - 9:03 AM

I buy a lot of my candles in the Ball Mason Jars as they last longer & are a lot easier to repurpose. You can use them for gifts filled with chocolates, boiled lollies, marshmellows, musk sticks, jellybeans, nuts etc & decorate with some nice ribbon & a card ?

Rowena November 2, 2014 - 9:28 AM

i use repurposed candle jars to hold my jewellery at night on my bed stand. I find I twist my rings when I am sleeping and often lose them in the bedding, so I pop them in a container overnight. I love the lid that the Circa candles comes with. I haven’t seen this brand in Darwin, must check them out online!

Amelia Pollock November 2, 2014 - 12:03 PM

Perfect to use for a mini candy buffet as people come into your home on the side table at christmas have nice tall candy canes in them and the christmas red and green m&m’s in another
Or make a sugar scrub using an easy recipe tie a bow round the jar and would make a great gift for family & friends for christmas especially given these beautiful wooden lids
Great article loved hearing about how to place the scents

Amelia Pollock November 2, 2014 - 12:48 PM

Here is a recipe for the sugar scrub you could place in the beautiful candle jar with a ribbon for a holiday gift –

½ cup coconut oil
1½ – 2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon peppermint extract

Place coconut oil in a bowl and microwave on HIGH 15-25 seconds until softened.
Start by adding 1½ cups sugar to the oil,Mix until ingredients are well combined If mixture is too wet, add another ½ cup sugar until scrub is to desired consistency.

Spoon scrub into RECYCLED CIRCA HOME CANDLE JAR and decorate with twine or ribbon.

Maddie November 2, 2014 - 1:29 PM

I use mine in the craft room to store washi tape and other embellishments in 🙂 LOVE Circa Home candles- great quality and reasonably priced!

Maria November 5, 2014 - 1:06 PM

You had me at “fill the jar with lollies”….

Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 6, 2014 - 9:47 AM

HAHAHA that is so funny Maria!.:) But yes i know what you mean, me too.:)

maryan zarif November 7, 2014 - 10:58 AM

My husband and I love candles too much my sisters always joke about it calling us crazy I tend to reuse them for paper clips and staples in my office and storing spare keys for all the bedrooms and I reuse them sometimes for lollies and nuts around the desert table during xmas entertaining

Jenai November 10, 2014 - 10:58 AM

Beautiful jars!
They’d be perfect for storing jewellery while I shower, or as a gorgeous vase for displaying the flowers my sons pick for me.

Emma November 11, 2014 - 3:56 PM

jars! I have so many scattered around the house and so many are pretty old candle jars. My kids share a “tinker tray” and an art cart which minus the bottom shelf for paper is almost completely full of jars. Between the two there is pencils, washi, scissors, stickers, glue dots, mini pine cones, thread, counters….all sorts kept sin order in various sized jars. Almost completely in reused jars. I also keep some in my art area -one keeps embroidery threads for a current project in it along with needle and threader etc so all I need is that plus the project itself to sit down and get a few stitches in with a cup of coffee and one keeps lose threads and scraps near the sewing machine. I also love using them for gift storage- a stack of cookies with a little ribbon around them look lovely inside a nice glass jar (and might be part of my plan for the kids therapists and teachers this year)

Donna November 13, 2014 - 8:57 AM

I would stencil a pattern in black on the inside of the jar and then pop in a tea-light candle for a gorgeous, flickering pattern!

Melanie November 13, 2014 - 10:42 AM

I love the succulent idea too – which gives me the idea for using the jars to pretty up those little faux house plants from Ikea (you know the ones that come in an ugly black pot).

But I would first and foremost use a pretty jar like this to stash loose change in on the hall stand. Pop the lid on, and no-one knows what’s inside!

Stacey Fagan November 13, 2014 - 1:49 PM

I loooove candles I haven’t tried Circa yet! At the moment im burning Glass House. I have reused candle jars for spare change and for cotton tips and make up rounds in the bathroom:)

Jen November 13, 2014 - 8:13 PM

One of the things I use mine for is to store things like lollies in them. The ones with lids were a perfect addiction to a lolly buffet I had at a party. They really added to the table display.


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