Upcycle your used Baby Food Jar into Candles – How to do it!

upcycle baby jars into candles
I love Candles! Every room in my home has at least one of them. So I was kind of gutted when my most 3 loved Yankee Candles came to the end of their life, but I cant complain as there got me through winter making my home smell lovely. However I did notice that although the wicks in the Yankee Candles were no more, there was plenty of candle wax in the Jars that could easily be re-used into new candles.

I previously kept some Baby Food Glass Jars after Layla had finished with them as they were too good to just throw away.

So I decided to Upcycle Layla’s used Baby Food Jar into Candles.

What you will need:

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This is how I did it:

  1. I used my Yankee Candles in a Jar as my donor wax. You can use any Candle wax that you have.
  2. In order to get the wax out easy with minimal mess, boil some water in the kettle and pour into your old candles. This will melt the wax and then float up to the top of its container, use a spoon to collect the wax and put into a Glass jug as a spout will make it easier to pour out.
  3. With all your wax collected into your jug, put a pan on the stove with water inside. Put your jug in the pan and wait for the wax to melt into liquid.
  4. Make sure your baby food jars are fully clean, remove labels and clean off any sticky residue.
  5. Grab your New candle wicks and place them in the centre, to keep the wicks secure in the centre of your Baby Jars. Use some Sewing thread or string, attach one end to the side of the jar with cellotape and wrap it around the wick and then secure the other end of the thread down the opposite side of the baby jar. This will keep the wick firmly in place.
  6. Pour in your melted wax, being careful not to knock your wick.
  7. Allow the wax to cool and set. Then trim the wick about 1cm from the top of the wax as this will contain the flame once lit.

To Finish:

  • Decorate your New Up-Cycled Baby Jar Candles with ribbons, Twine, sequins, paint etc etc Be-Creative.

And there you go! Easy to do and less waste… all in all took me about 30 minutes to prepare and then a couple of hours for the wax to set fully.

upcycle baby jar to candles before and after

Don’t they look fab!? I would love to know If you try this! 🙂 x

4 thoughts on “Upcycle your used Baby Food Jar into Candles – How to do it!

  1. Colette B

    How cute are they! I often find my Molton Brown candles don’t burn completely evenly. I’d never have thought of doing that x

    1. Leanne

      :)… My yankee candles did the exact same, there was loads left! but the wick was totally gone. So thought im not chucking those away and plus the wax is still strongly scented 😀

  2. lizzy - muddle-headed mamma

    I love this – what a brilliant idea! I’m also a huge fan of candles. I remember saving my son’s first baby food jars and wanting to upcycle them into something, but I’m not the craftiest person in the world … I ended up painting them with the letters of his name (of letter per jar) then planting some seedlings in them. Because there were no holes in the bottom of the jars, it ended up being a bit of a failure and the seeds never even sprouted. Your idea is much better! I’m off to pin it now 🙂

    1. Leanne

      awww… see I had that same idea, about planting some seeds… But I can kill even the most robust of plants :/ im just not green fingered at all. So I thought candles would be a better option lol 😀 x


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