Monday, December 6, 2010

The Repurposed Candle

Tonight, I am thankful for my creativity.



That glob of wax you see burning in the picture above used to be one of our Mia Bella 16oz jar candles.

A couple of weeks ago, we decided to have another yard sale, and whenever we have a yard sale, we always have a table of candles set up too. We had a good day. Sold some of our "junk", and a few candles. Well, in the afternoon when it was time to clean up, we were hauling stuff inside to put it back in the closet, when 2 year old Jaiden decided that she wanted to "help" ...

Not surprisingly, she promptly dropped a couple of jars right there on the driveway. Fortunately nobody was hurt. However, a couple of the candles did get nice big crack in their jars ... woops, we won't be selling those.

My first impulse was to just throw those jars away. Then I got an idea ...

I took both of the damaged candles over to the trash can, but instead of throwing them away, I used the curb near the trash can to break away the rest of the glass (lightly tapped to get more cracks, then peeled remaining glass away). I ended up with what was essentially a giant sized votive.

Ana found a bowl, plopped one of the candles in, and lit it up. We've been burning it on and off, almost every day since.

It's really not that big a deal. We've got a bunch a of candles on our shelf, so it wouldn't have been a big stress to just throw the broken ones away. But for some reason, I have a strange sense of pride about seeing the "dead" candle continuing to burn.

Sometimes it only takes something small to make us happy ... today was one of those days.

[todd-sig]

4 comments:

  1. Waste not want not hey Todd? ;)

    Honestly though you did the right thing by not throwing it away. I'm a little that way myself. When doing maintenance around the home I always look for things that I can use before going out and buying stuff. Saves a lot of money as recycling also saves the environment.

    That photo almost looks like something left over from Halloween.

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  2. lol ... you're right .. that would have worked very well sitting out on the front porch at Halloween :-)

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  3. Awww darn, I wish I had thought of that or at least had asked you about it before we tossed out the cracked candle jar we had. Oh well, live and learn and now I know better. You're a genius! :)

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  4. Hi Lin,

    Yea I know .. I'm sorry I hadn't thought of it sooner too ... would have been nice to "save" yours as well. You're right though .. at least we know now .. should there ever be a "next time" ;-)

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