My friend Peggy and her husband Gene are very frugal folks. They work hard, but live simply and happily, with great respect for the earth and green-living. Peggy called me the other day to say that a friend of theirs had asked them if they knew anyone who would be interested in a couple dozen used candle containers. Their friend had been buying and using some great high-end (Voluspa mostly) candles – and not throwing the used containers away. She’d amassed about 2 dozen of them and wanted to pass them on. “Sure!” I said, and I soon had two boxes full of great glass and ceramic candle containers of all sizes and shapes. Not only am I going to be able to try out some new container candle sizes, but in recycling these containers, I feel like I’m doing my part to help lessen our impact on the earth. Plus, I’m going to get to give both Peggy and Gene, and their friend, some of my handmade candles, and prove to them that handmade/homemade candles can be every bit as good as those posh high-end types!
I recently got to help a friend clean out their garage and they had a bookcase FULL of small pots, jars, glasses and other unique containers that they were going to use “sometime” for “something.” It was a pretty neat collection – and many of them could be used for candle containers…so I was interested.
You can use a lot of different sizes, shapes and types of containers for container candles – but you do have to follow a few simple rules.
I’ve been doing a lot of spring cleaning and reorganizing of my soap and candle making supplies lately – and as I’ve been consolidating several shelves and closets and piles in the garage, I have realized one thing – I have more candle containers than I could possibly use in a lifetime!! Between the ones I’ve bought, to ones I’ve gotten at garage sales, to ones I’ve inherited (“Oh David, we have this box of candle jars that we don’t want to go to waste, we knew you could use them!”) – I’ve got about three shelves full of just glass candle containers! Now…I’m probably stretching it when I describe some of these pots, cups, jars and glasses as candle containers as “candle containers” – but it’s actually accurate. Most any glass or metal container can be a candle container if it meets just a few important criteria.
- How to choose safe candle containers
- Basic container candles
- Layered container candles
- Marbled container candles