Recycle Love

I love Yankee Candle jars. They’re pretty and it always seems a shame to get rid of them.  I generally put them into the recycle bin though, because I can’t think of anything to do with them.  I had wanted to etch them, but I really thought they were made of some sort of Pyrex and couldn’t be etched.  However, I discovered I was wrong!  I can’t tell you how happy I am about this.  I feel like dancing!  Now I wish I had all of those I put in the recycle bin back! Oh well, it gives me a great excuse to burn more candles.

So, check this out before you head off to the other Handmade Monday blogs.  It’s fun, it’s easy and you can surely think of something  you need to store! I thought this one turned out fun because I was recycling jars for recycled crayons and recycling ideas from my other projects!  It was sort of a recyclorama!  🙂

I think this particular jar with the heart crayons would be an awesome Valentine’s Day gift.  Check it out at Reusing Candle Jars.





  1. Caroline says:

    I have loads of these jars but from Douwe Egberts coffee, think the look so elegant on a shelf filled with buttons and bows. The etching looks so effective.

  2. mcrafts says:

    Susie the jar looks great! Love the etching. What a great idea! (They are like the Douwe Egberts coffee jars as per Caroline’s comment – I just recycled mine – which I’d kept too! ) Mich x

  3. Planet Penny says:

    That’s a great idea, I too have lots of coffee jars like this in which I keep my buttons but this would make them really special!

  4. RosMadeMe says:

    What a clever idea, I have used a similar technique for jam, chutney and marmalade jars… but now I have even more ideas 🙂

  5. Wendy says:

    Wow – how effective is that? I also have a load of Douwe Egberts coffee jars waiting to be used (do we buy this coffee just for the jars, girls?)

  6. Very pretty. I always recycle my jars too. I think it is nessercery if u r a craft person as u will have lots of things to store. Very well done on the jat. I think u can actually sell it.

  7. Carol says:

    Love the etching. What an excellent idea. Wouldn’t those make some beautiful Christmas Gifts with different fillings. Oh I wish I could do something as nice as that.

  8. redneedle says:

    Oh how much do I love this jar it looks so pretty, You’ve set my cogs whirring. Thanks for sharing the link

  9. Susie says:

    Thank you all. I wish we had that coffee here (now I have to actually check to see!) since I am such a coffee drinker and obviously a coffee jar could hold food items! I would love to have something to keep things like dried beans etc in! LOL you all have given me a whole new idea! You all ROCK! 🙂

  10. Lau W says:

    You have always good ideas my friend ! Congrats !
    Hugs and kisses !!!!!

  11. Handbagsbyhelen says:

    What a great idea!

  12. Mrs A. says:

    Endless possibilites now you know that they do etch okay. Hugs Mrs A.

  13. Your jar looks so pretty, I’ve never tried this type of etching, it looks really effective.
    Thanks for visiting my blog, I too love all the ghosts and bats but I’m not a fan of trick or treating.

    Jan x

  14. made by ewe says:

    the jar looks great, and I love those little crayon hearts; did you make those too?

  15. These jars are so handy to keep, they are fantastic for those “Last minute” gifts, I always have a few that I fill with scented bath salts, print out a little tag, tie it on with ribbon and off to the party you go xx

    • Susie says:

      One thing I would like to learn to make are soaps. I have a friend who makes *real* soap, but I don’t think I quite want to go there. 🙂

  16. ooh I ‘ve always wanted to try etching and what a great excuse for buying more yankee candles! Anna x

  17. Helen says:

    That is really cool, love it 🙂

  18. Michelle says:

    Very good idea! I was just thinking the other day about what I could use mine for. Love the heart shaped crayons. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a wonderful Thursday!!

    • Susie says:

      Thank you for coming by. I really enjoyed your blog, I enjoy finding new ones out there. The crayons are pretty easy to make, wish I still had small children around (or that I had known about doing that when my boys were small and going through crayons by the bushel!)

  19. Martha says:

    oh, thats a great etching and the jar looks lovely.
    im a sucker for all sorts of glassy jars that can be painted, embellished and used for crafty storage. and im always on the look out for them.
    perhaps you have heard of leifheit jars with double pieced lid – i wanna some of them to use for storing sewing stash. you can make a padded fabric dome on their lids to serve as a pin cushion. very trendy recently. the idea comes from tilda 🙂
    i, like you, also keep every candle jar. some are really cute, esp the little ones. lots of them in poundlands and other discount shops.

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