Candles can be expensive, so you might not want to toss the old jars once you’ve finished burning them. Plus, the glass jars are usually sturdy and beautiful, so why not make use of them? Here are five sustainable ways to give your old candle jars a fresh start — just don’t forget to clean them out first: Wash the jars with warm, soapy water to remove any excess wax as well as the wick. If that doesn’t work, you can try freezing the candle to make the wax easier to scoop out, or heating up and pouring out the leftover wax.

Organize Your Bathroom

Candle jars are perfect for keeping smaller bathroom essentials, like Q Tips or cotton rounds, organized. They’re also great for storing makeup brushes, lip gloss tubes, or even your toothbrush and tube of toothpaste.

Store Your Spare Change

Don’t know what to do with all of your loose change? Toss it into a small candle jar that you set by your front door. You could also keep it in your car to pay for future street parking.

Accessorize Your Desk

Make sure your desktop is free of clutter by storing ink pens, pencils, highlighters, and scissors in old candle jars. Or, use the small glass jars to stockpile easy-to-lose items, like extra paperclips, binder clips, and rubber bands. 

Liven up Your Apartment

Consider repurposing your glass candle jars into small vases for freshly picked flowers. If you aren’t a fan of flowers, you can get some soil and use the jars as planters for smaller succulents.

Dress up Your Dinner Table

Place lit tea candles (or longer-lasting LED options) into old candle jars to create some simple dinner table décor and dim mood lighting for your next feast.