Easy DIY Planters: Reusing Old Candle Jars

Recycling Candle Tins

You may have burned your favorite island scent down to its last flame, but it’s not time to set sail yet. Instead of throwing out your gorgeous candle jar or tin, why not extend its life by repurposing it into a beautiful planter? It’s an easy DIY transformation—and perfect as a home décor accent or party favor for guests this festive season!



1. Freeze the tin or jar overnight to get rid of any remaining wax.

The waxes used in Tommy Bahama candles are so smooth that they slide out of the containers easily without a lot of prying or breaking. Be sure to clean the tin of any leftover wax with warm, soapy water.

2. Place a layer of small rocks at the bottom of your jar.

The gravel provides drainage and prevents succulents from being overwatered.

3. Add a layer of soil and your plant—or plants—of choice.

Be sure to use a cactus and succulent potting mixture, which is fast-draining and retains little moisture. Handle the plant with care when placing it in the soil.

4. Add another layer of rocks as the perfect finishing touch.

A small brush comes in handy for wiping off any dirt from the plants. Water your new succulent with a misting bottle, but be careful to only spray at the base and not get any water on the leaves.

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