Candles are a great way to relax and unwind after a long day and spread a lovely aroma around the house. But what happens when the wick is burnt down and all that’s left is a layer of wax? It would be wasteful to simply throw away a candle jar, especially if it has a fun shape that can be reused. But to reuse it, you need to get rid of the leftover wax. Luckily, this isn’t hard to do with the right techniques. Choosing the right cleaning technique comes down to how much debris is left inside the candle jar.
Scooping & Cooling Methods
There’s usually some wax left under the metal holder of the wick, at the bottom of the container. That happens because the metal tab normally holds the wick about a quarter of an inch above the glass bottom of the jar. If the candle burned in a tunneling fashion, there’s usually plenty left adhering to the walls of the jar too. In such cases, using a plastic spoon or knife (very carefully) is the first step to scrape off or remove any residue from the walls and bottom of the jar.
If you have a small amount of wax left in the candle jar, you can place it in the freezer for about 30 minutes. The cold temperature should make the wax contract just enough to separate it from the jar walls. If, for some reason, you want to remove a whole candle from its jar, leave it in the freezer for a couple of hours. Then, you can take it out and turn it upside down, and the candle should fall out on its own.
Oven & Heating Methods
You can also try heating it in the oven by lining a cookie sheet with the candles and placing them in an oven that’s been preheated to 180°F for 15 to 20 minutes. Once melted, you can carefully pour out the wax and wipe up any remnants using an old rag.
If there are trace amounts of residual wax coating the candle jar walls, using a bit of heat from boiling can help, too. After all, candles were designed to melt entirely. Simply boil some water in a kettle and pour it into the candle container. Let it cool completely. The hot water should loosen and melt the remaining coating, and even set loose and remove the metal wick at the bottom of the jar.
People are always looking for fantastic ways to enhance the appearance of their homes, and using all sorts of plants has been an effective way to do that. But if you don’t want to do what everyone else does and put your pots on the floor, you can look into these six gorgeous ideas for the perfect plant stand. It’s guaranteed to elevate any home’s appearance!
Try Some Modern Geometric Shapes
People don’t love geometry, but have you ever thought how great it would look if you used it in the interior of your home? For example, why not create the perfect stand for your plants using a modern wooden cube? It’s simplistic, straightforward, and a great place to hold your gorgeous plants!
How About a Gabion Plant Stand?
You might not have heard the word ‘gabion’ before, but you’ve probably seen it in many yards. It’s beautiful, and although often used for retaining walls, it would make a great stand. You can start by getting some tomato cages and putting them together in twists and shapes. Once you’re satisfied, fill the structure with beautiful stones and place your plant on top of a paver and planter. It gives off the perfect woodsy feel!
Think About Using a Wooden Trellis
You’ve probably seen trellis after trellis all over the neighborhood, but usually, each one is covered only in greenery. However, that doesn’t have to be the only use for a wooden trellis. You can turn it into a beautiful plant stand, and it’s so simple! Add some plants and containers with beautiful, colorful flowers to make the display pop, and you’re ready to go!
Mid-Century Plant Stand, Anyone?
There is something about the mid-century modern style that entices everyone, and it’s because of the clean lines and reference to nature. Use the mode to create a perfect stand by cutting some dowels and putting them together with wood glue. Depending on the aesthetic of your home, you may be able to stain the whole thing to match the appearance perfectly.
Give in to Feminine Colors
When it comes to a colorful, fun way to decorate your home, don’t shy away from trying a pink-dyed plant stand. Wouldn’t you agree that the green plants and flowers you put inside would pop against the light baby-pink color? And it would make it a perfect decoration for almost every interior and exterior!
Find Beauty in Antique Treasure
Many people choose to ditch antiques because they won’t fit with a modern-style home, but what if those people are wrong? What if using an antique stool or another treasure as a plant stand is precisely what your home needs to look even lovelier? If you have an old chair or some other antique feature, give it a quick makeover, and use it to place your plants on.
Do you see that there are a thousand ways to enhance the appearance of your property inside and out? One of those ways is to find a fun and creative plant stand for your plants and flowers. Wouldn’t it be great to have something vivid and memorable with a beautiful plant standing atop? Try out some of these ideas, or all of them, and immediately see the beauty!