Reuse Empty Candle Jars | Seashell Display for Summer

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Jamie here, I’m always looking for new ways to reuse empty candle jars around my house.  After I’d figured out how to get wax out of candle jars (and I mean COMPLETELY!)  I had them in the window sill drying in the sunshine and they just looked so pretty grouped together like that.

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Love these!!

I decided to fill them using the seashells we’d collected during our last couple beach trips and grouped them together for a summery seascape.


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I have a little confession to make – you see all those perfect cute starfish and sand dollars and shiny conch shells??  Yeah… I didn’t find those on the beach.

We bought a bag of them in a gift shop on our way ouf of town to supplement our massive sad buckets of broken shells.  I felt like a cheater-cheater at the time, but now I’m totally good with that purchase  ;)

I love that this project is simple and clean looking.  

If you don’t have lots of seashells to reuse empty candle jars around your house – you could also display pretty rocks for an earthy vibe and nestle a tealight into the center :)

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How to Get Wax Out of Candle Jars

How to Get Wax Out of Candle Jar | 4 Tricks that WORK

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 How to Get Wax Out of Candle Jar | 4 Tricks that Work!

Jamie here, I go through candles at an alarming rate, and with all those pretty jars leftover I was determined to find out how to get wax out of candle jars completely, so I could use them for other cute projects.  Here are a few tips that have worked best for me so that my jars end up crystal clear, no smears or waxy smudges to speak of :)

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Homemade Goo Gone | Remove Labels, Residue AND Print!

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Homemade Goo Gone

Jamie here, today I’m going to share one of my favorite new cleaning tips – this Homemade Goo Gone recipe!

I like to re-use containers for crafts and whatnot (like this Play-Doh Bank and Play-Doh Bud Vase) – but those darn sticky labels are murder to remove.  You could scrub that leftover goo with dish soap all day, and only end up with a rag’s worth of lint stuck to your jar.  (For the record, fuzzy mason jars are NOT cute for summer tea glasses.)

So here’s a recipe for Homemade Goo Gone using just two ingredients that I guarantee are in your kitchen already (And if they’re not, they should be – so go buy some!) :)

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You’ll need

  • 1 Part Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Parts Baking Soda

Directions:

  1. Use a spoon to mash the baking soda into the oil until it’s a thick, crumbly paste (Think dried-up icing).
  2. Now after you’ve removed as much of the label as you can, slather the paste on and let is sit for about 5 minutes.
  3. Get a toothbrush, old rag or just your finger, and rub/scrub until the label is completely gone.  This homemade goo gone also takes ink clean off!

 

 

  1. Homemade Goo Gone | Remove Labels, Residue AND Print!)

    Ingredients

    • 1 Part Vegetable Oil
    • 2 Parts Baking Soda

    Instructions

    1. Use a spoon to mash the baking soda into the oil until it's a thick, crumbly paste (Think dried-up icing).
    2. Now after you've removed as much of the label as you can, slather the paste on and let is sit for about 5 minutes.
    3. Get a toothbrush, old rag or just your finger, and rub/scrub until the label is completely gone. This homemade goo gone also takes ink clean off!
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