They say knowing you have a problem is the first step toward recovery. I am addicted to Yankee Candles. There, I've said it.
I have been recycling the jars for quite a while and here is how I do it.
I use a knife and remove the scented wax (the recycle for this is coming up below). I keep them in separate baggies. I use some as scent tarts, a secondary addition.
I put the jars in the oven at 200 degrees to melt the remaining wax.
I wipe the melted wax out using a paper towel, careful; the glass will be hot.
Then I remove the label. I employ many techniques here: a knife, a razor blade, goo off - whatever works.
Here is my set up for making the Fire Starters. The rum on the table was there for making rum balls - I swear! I purchased aluminum muffin trays so I wouldn't transfer any scent to my regular baking tins.
I used these cute Christmas themed cupcake papers I couldn't find wicking, so I used a good cotton twine I bought at the hardware store. The pine cones I picked up on my walks with coco. The long ones were cut in half.
Rich was the chief alchemist. We used a large tomato can, which we pinched into a spout. We put it right on the stove burner on med/low. We did different batches with the same color or scent.
The Fire Starter is:
Paper Cupcake Liners
Piece of 4 inch Cotton for wick
1/2 inch Melted Scented Wax.
(be sure to let them cool and harden before moving them from the tins)
I used these bread bags that I found at the craft store. They came with ribbons and round tags. I was able to use my own address labels - Bonus!
Here is our finished gift. I think with supervision, these would be great to make with kids. They look cute and smell great sitting by the fireplace.
I use my clean candle jars in my sewing room for buttons, pom poms and other fun things.
I did Confess to having an addiction to these.
Thank you so much for all your nice comments about my 4-patch Log Cabin. It means so much to me to hear from you.
Have a great weekend.