Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tool Time Tuesday...Recycling Candle Jar Tops

It's Tuesday and that means Tool Time, but today's post is also a recycling project. Jar candles are pretty pricey, so why not use every part of the candle and the jar. See the end of the post for links to other posts I've done on recycling candle jars.

Here is a large jar with the top on and some extra tops I've started to save.





This post is about using the tops for so many different things.


First, we need to take off that plastic ring that keeps the lid on the jar...here's where the "tool" comes into play. Had to find a tool time in this!


Carefully place the tip of a flat head screw driver under the rim of the plastic ring.


Slowly work the screw driver down until the ring pops off. Be careful not to chip the glass. That's it...nice and easy.


Now here you have it...the cutest little glass bowl, perfect for just about any thing.


Here are a few ideas!

How about a little bowl for sewing pins.


Great by your machine or by your side when doing some hand sewing.


Perfect as a collection on your desk.


Each jar top holds all your office supplies.


Painting project? Use a candle jar top as a re-usable dipping dish.


You can take this next idea with a grain of salt...had to do that pun. These will be great salt cellars and pepper too. I am assuming glass is glass and these are safe for food after you have washed them carefully...not sure, but just wanted to share the idea.


You could also use it to hold sugar packets.


How about the obvious...a tea light candle holder!


These would be pretty at each place setting at the dinner table, along the walk way, on your deck or porch etc


Now what to do with all the plastic rings I'm collecting...I'm thinking a ring toss game for the kids! Ahh, a future Tool Time in the making!

UPDATE...click HERE for a post I did to make little wreaths with these rings!!


If you have any more ideas for these jar tops, share it in the comment section. I'd love to hear more.

Click here for the post I did on recycling the wax from the end of a candle.

Click here for the post on recycling the whole candle jar.

Happy Tuesday,
~Karen~

50 comments:

  1. PERFECT timing! I just found 5 Yankee Candles that had melted during their stay in storage last summer and I was going to throw them out! Now I have the perfect place to store things! Had I gone to bed an hour ago like I wanted to I would have tossed them before reading your newest post! Wasting precious sleep time on the internet has proven to be not-so-wasteful!! Love your Tool time Tuesday posts! Thanks!

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  2. Love this idea. I too, thought they should be used for something, but I just couldn't figure out WHAT!? Thanks for the idea!

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  3. Now why didn't I think of that when I threw one in the trash yesterday??? Thanks for another great tip!

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  4. Cathy on a windy hillJune 7, 2011 at 3:41 AM

    I'm going to use them on our deck for watering dishes for the birds. They will use the rim to perch their little feet on & it shouldn't blow off the railing.

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  5. Karen as always you have great ideas and the things you come up with your mind is always going!
    I have one more to add to your ideas how about a tea caddy for used teabags the sugar one gave me the idea

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  6. To think I've been throwing away all those lids. You are so smart.

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  7. great ideas! I have a few candles I am ready to throw out will save those lids now for sure! I tend to use pyrex little custard dishes for the same use I bought many many years ago!
    Kathie

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  8. I"m thinking they would make a great base for a homemade pin cushion!!!

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  9. What a great idea! So many uses. I'll have to take a look around and see what I can come up with.

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  10. Love this idea, you see tops at thrift stores all the time. I see Xmas ornaments, I cross stitch, put some pretty trim around it. Place photos in it.

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  11. So glad I found your blog---you are so inspiring! Love it!!

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  12. I have often wondered what to do with candle lids. I just hate throwing them out. I thought of making a photo paper weight, but I really like the ideas you have shared. Thanks!

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  13. Excellent way to reuse the lids.

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  14. Great Ideas!
    I clean up those candle jars and use them to store all my buttons. They look so pretty on the shelves in my studio.
    Thanks for sharing
    xoxo
    ((((hugs))))
    Maggie

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  15. You are one of the most clever people I have ever run across....I bet your mind runs a mile a minute! It was great!

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  16. Great ideas! I also have used them to put under table legs, like coasters. Things slide so easy! Love you SITE. Have a great idea. Diane

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  17. Very creative idea for recycling jar tops.

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  18. That's really cool Karen! I've always wondered what to do with those nice tops. I also wonder if you could make a pincushion??!!?!

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  19. i love your creative ideas, i have so many candles around and i always hate to get rid of the jars, but have a hard time cleaning them up, thanks for all of your posts on how to repurpose the leftover jars and lids, guess where i am headed...

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  20. Fabulous idea. I always feel guilty throwing them away!!

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  21. For the plastic ring try using it to store rolls up interfacing, wrapping paper, stablizer, whatever and keep them in a nice tin on the floor kind of like decoration?

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  22. Karen this is great! Thanks for a good idea, I have often looked twice at these candle jars...you have good tips for the whole jar!

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  23. So clever...I love your ideas!

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  24. Use the candle jar tops to hold your meal-time pills beside your plate or cereal bowl.

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  25. Karen I have been using the jars like that for years in my sewing room. I have pins,punch pins, and
    safety pins in them. Love the idea of using just the lids.

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  26. Such great ideas for using the tops...I could use a little pin dish!

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  27. Thanks for the great ideas.

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  28. arrrrgh... how many have i thrown away over the years??? YC makes a killin off me.. but looking forward to oh so many ways to use my new fun lids (i mean glass containers) :-)

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  29. See, this is why I read your blog! You're so talented! Another thought with the jar tops would be a change holder in your entryway. My husband always leaves coins in his pockets etc. Who knows?

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    1. Great idea, you could also put them by your washer, I am ALWAYS finding money in my husbands pockets as well as my kids. Stash it away for a while in the laundry room till you have enough to cash in and have some "mad money"! Thanks for the idea, I'm going to use that tomorrow!!

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  30. Or the tops could be used as a small jar on your vanity for bobby pins and hair rubber bands.

    Okay, last one, the tops could be used to serve a dip in. Obviously wash it first. :)

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  31. Karen, you inspired me. These make fabulous pattern weights and I gave you props on my blog.

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  32. We have an outdoor neighborhood Halloween party every year, it was so windy last year that we needed to weight the table cloths down so I went to the laundry room grabbed a bunch of the orphan socks we have and put one jar lid in each of them and then clipped them to the corners of the cloths with a curtain ring. Worked like a charm!

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  33. conYou could use the rings that you remove to wrap around folded up extension cords. You could also decorate and use as a picture frame and if you add a ribbon to it you could hang the picture on a Christmas tree. How about making a ring toss game for the kiddos?

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  34. You could use the plastic rings to hang a kitchen towel on a cupboard knob.

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  35. I love this! I just did a post on turning trash to treasure, and shared a link to you! I'm thinking about adding a piece of magnetic tape to bottom for my daughter's bobby pins! Great for a jewelry taking off hot spot, too!
    http://pinsandprincesses.blogspot.com/2012/04/trash-to-treasure-or-at-least-useful.html

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  36. While I'm still using the candle, I've found that flipping the lid upside down on top of the jar safely extinguishes the candle, so you don't have to look for your candle-extinguisher thingie, or blow :)

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  37. uses for lids:
    1. pour in acetone for removing artificial nails and polish
    2. Use to pour in hair coloring then "paint" onto your hair
    3. Planter for tiny succelents
    4. Make a candelier: tie wire around the area where plastic ring was. Hang lids in varying heights from an embroidery hoop or other round object then hang from ceiling; add battery votives or the real thing! Hang over patio table
    5. Fill with homemade suet then hang from trees using wire wrapped around the area where plastic ring used to be
    6. Use for individual pudding cups topped with fresh berries
    7. Paint with elmers glue mixed with food coloring for a seaglass look then use lid as a place to toss your keys on an entryhall table
    8. Use to hold potpourri on the back of your commode

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  38. Love this idea! I have a candle I almost threw away, I will be using some of these ideas, thanks!

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  39. but...what to do with the jars, if you're using the lids for something else?!?

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  40. Debbie in Alabama. Gonna figure this profile thingee one of these days. I used old yankee candle jars and lids for my dishwasher tablets. I keep it on my counter. Beats an ugly cardboard box. We also have a smaller one with qtips and one for cotton balls. Why throw anything away. Repurpose them! I plan on using looking glass spray paint by Krylon to spray inside a couple of those jars. Keep up th ideas and I'll keep scrounging through the garbage. Cereal boxes, hmmmm, 'know I got a couple of those somewhere

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  41. Candle jars and lids are great to give to your husband for his coin collections; plus they look better on his side table than a junky pickle jar. Also good to keep marbles in or as bathroom apothecary jars.

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  42. I recycle mine and used a couple as jewelry holders! Hung the earrings around the rim of it and put my rings/necklaces in the top itself!

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  43. Yea, doesn't involve sewing and great artistry abilities so even I can handle this :) - thanks!

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  44. I have looked at those candle glasses for years thinking surely there was some way to recycle them. You just gave it to me! I could also do vinyl stickers to put on initials etc and make gifts! Or glass etching. THANK YOU!

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  45. My 16 year old daughter, Ashton, had a great idea, she said you could run them through the dishwasher then use them to put ketchup, BBQ sauce, etc in instead of putting it on your plate.

    You could also use them beside the sink to hold rings or other jewelry that you don't want to get junky if you are washing dishes, patting out hamburgers, etc.

    I'm so glad you posted this idea, I like many others have hated the though of throwing those lids out time after time! Thanks for getting me thinking!

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  46. These are great ideas, but how do you get the left over wax out of the jars to reuse the jar ??

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