I remember these words that public school worked very hard to instill in us. Throughout my adult life I have been very concerned with recycling when and wherever I can. With my crafting projects I find ways in which I can use left overs from one project for another two or three projects. I have more recently in the last few years have been working very hard on donating items in order to live a little bit less cluttered life. But this most recent craft project I am getting reuse some things I have thought about donating and recycling.
We light around one or two candles a day. We only buy candles when they are on sale. It really helps take the slight chill out of the rooms in the winter. I have been trying to use less plug in night lights around the house, so in the evenings the candles give a nice cozy glow. I clean a lot but dogs will always smell, scented candles help that smell. This is the end result of a burned candle
I have been making back up candles with the little wax that is left over. I melt the remaining on a jar warmer. Below is a picture of mine, it plugs in. When we have guests over I put this on the kitchen counter to give a nice scent with the fire hazard.
I am a bit of a cheater when it comes to the wicks when making new candles. I purchased a box of Hanukkah candles many years ago because I thought they were so pretty and never burned them. They sure have come in handy. I put one or two into the empty jar and as I melt wax from other candles I pour it into the jar with the old thin candles. I have a partially started new candle in the candle cabinet at all times. The new candles I am making with left over wax are not the most pretty candles in the world but they work and have saved us money.
Now what to do with all the old empty jars? Well for a while I was recycling them, Then I saw an adorable post on Pinterest and thought they might be cute for my crafts.
First step is getting all the residual wax out of the jars. My sister in law cleans out her jars with very hot water. I tried it. I am too impatient for this process to work for me. I happen to be cooking the one evening and set the empty waxy candle on the stove top next to the burner. Not touching of course, nobody needs exploding glass. What do you know it heated up the wax super easy, I just wiped it out with a paper towel. Jar nearly clean. I hit it with some Windex.
Perfectly clean now! ( cleaning tip-Windex is amazing on getting sticky, dusty grease off of the fan blades and light fixtures and stove hoods in the kitchen.)
I used to watch little kids in my home and I had a small indoor sandbox for the kids to play with when it was rainy outside. I had beads, rocks, small sea shells and of course my favorite, small plastic dinosaurs to play with. I also had a small set of plastic farm animals. I have been thinking for the last year or so what to do with this and I haven’t had the heart to donate these toys.
The dinosaurs and farm animals are perfect cute toppers for my jars. So we have clean jars and washed off my sandy dinosaurs. Got the craft glue and put a little on their feet and sometimes tails. Let them sit a bit on the lids to dry.
They are totally adorable. I thought about spray painting the whole lids and dinosaurs all one color such as black but the husband said it will take away too much from their design and fun. So this is how they will stay.
Filled with odds and ends will help organize my craft shelves and make it unique to my taste as well as reducing waste and reusing what I have.
RickabaughReviews greatly approves of this super fun crafty, craft organizing project!