According to the environmental website A Recycling Revolution, a glass jar takes more than 4,000 years to break down when thrown away. Recycling jars into decorative candle holders not only lowers pollution, but it also serves as an inexpensive way to fill your home with soft light. The same technique can be used to make candle centrepieces for parties or weddings, as well as for a romantic dinner. The best part is that they can be reused again and again as you add to your collection.
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Baby Food Jars
Baby food jars can be recycled into tea-light holders for display around your home. Find these small and useful jars at second-hand stores or from neighbours and friends with infants. Ribbon or twine can be tied around the top of the jar for decoration. Alternatively, a wire can be wrapped around the jar and looped over the top to act as a handle that can be used to hang the jar from branches.
Canning jars come in many shapes and sizes, from the regular jam-sized jars to fat, square, short jars with wide mouths. These jars are sturdily built and will fit a number of types of candles, such as pillar or tea lights. Canning jars are easily found in second-hand stores or the baking aisle of the grocery store. Cover the bottom with stones, soil or sand to keep the candle sturdy.
Stop throwing out empty food jars and turn them into candle holders instead. Pickle jars, spaghetti sauce jars, or salsa jars can all have their labels soaked and scrubbed off in order to recycle them into candle holders. Use soil, sand, or rocks in the bottom to steady your candle, especially if it's a large pillar style.
Old spice racks can be recycled into candle holders---with the lids removed, of course. Each jar can be used individually to hold a small candle in your home. Additionally, you could use your circular spinning or stationary spice rack to hold a number of spice jars with candles in them in a recycled version of a candelabra. This would make an interesting and bright dining table centrepiece.
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