DIY bell jar

As of recently, my new obsession curiosity with bell jars and cloches may be quite apparent. If not, it will become blatantly obvious after this post. 
I was shmoozing the internet machine the other night when I saw a tip on how to clean out old candle jars. This got me thinking about cloches, and how my leftover Yankee Candle jar may be a not too distant relative of a cloche – it just didn’t know it yet.

Below is how I turned a doomed candle jar into a cloche {or ‘bell jar’} …  

Step 1 : burn out your generic / Yankee Candle until rendered otherwise useless. Mine got super sooty which only increased the amount of winning this DIY got, since it makes the after picture look 8,000 times better. 
NOTE: this will work best with tumbler shaped jars. Meaning, straight up and down. Having said that, there’s nothing wrong with trying different shaped jars. You won’t find jar racism here. 

Step 2 : add a metal object to said jar – I used a large heavy spoon. This is so when you pour in boiling water, the glass doesn’t shatter. This bit always terrifies me – slowly pour in hot water almost to the top. I had to get hubby to pour the water in. That’s how much this freaks me out. But it turned out fine, so you shouldn’t worry.

You’ll notice the wax begin to float to the top of the water. This is good. Leave your jar to sit for about 45 minutes. Allow the water and wax to cool.

Step 3 : once the wax has reformed and is cool enough to handle, pull the wax off the top. It will still leave a rim of wax, but this can be taken care of easily. 

Step 4 : clean and scrub and clean your jar. The leftover wax can be cleaned off quite easily with a bit of elbow grease and soap.
LABEL REMOVAL TIP: most labels should peel off easily enough. Some may need some scrubbing action, but the really tough labels need the nail polish remover treatment. Use some toilet paper or tissues and use on jar as if you’re getting rid of nail polish. This worked a treat for me.
Step 5 : fill jar with whatever lovelies you prefer, put on the lid, and gently turn over. You can also go sans lid by tuning over the jar onto your hand, and then gently placing it onto shelf or surface of your choice.
And there you have it! Quite a simple and effective DIY if I may say so myself. Happy crafting, homies! xx A

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  1. John JJP
    January 29, 2013 / 09:38

    oh this is SO clever. i really like how you recycle things and give them new use. PINNING.

    p.s. are those your deceptive dust covers in the background? i need to make me some of them, lol.

    • January 29, 2013 / 12:14

      Thank you John! I try my best to use the three R's. And yep, one of my deceptive dust covers snuck in there. Still going strong 🙂

  2. January 30, 2013 / 00:22

    Okay, this is hilarious to me. I have been making my hubby keep an eye out for bell jars while we have been out junking… almost to the point of obsession. Not sure why I didn't think of doing this. You are clever!

    • January 30, 2013 / 09:43

      Aren't they just the awesome sauce? They're a little addicting, especially since I'm hoping to fill them with things that would otherwise be too delicate to have out {thanks to furry paws}.