The Allure of Thrift Store Finds in Candle-Making: A Stylish Yet Risky Trend

Written by Pinky Swear


Posted on October 16 2023

Hello, my fellow candle enthusiasts! Today, I want to dive into a captivating trend that's taken the TikTok world by storm: DIY candle-making with thrift store finds. There's an undeniable charm in repurposing vintage containers, but it's essential to strike a balance between style and safety when it comes to our beloved candle creations.

Now, we are no strangers to the beauty of sustainable living, but it's crucial to approach this trend with caution, especially when it involves items whose origins are unknown. Let's explore why using thrift store finds for candle-making, while undeniably charming, can be a risky business. We’ll also give you some alternative ideas that are just as cute! 

The Irresistible Appeal of Thrift Store Treasures

There's an undeniable allure to scouring thrift stores and flea markets for unique, one-of-a-kind containers to house your DIY candles. From elegant teacups to ornate glass vases, the possibilities are endless, and the results can be stunning. Repurposing these treasures adds a touch of vintage elegance to your candle collection and is an eco-conscious choice.

The Hidden Hazards of Thrift Store Containers

HOWEVER, here's where we must exercise caution. Many thrift store finds may not have been designed to hold melted wax and may lack the necessary safety features. Some containers can crack, shatter, or even catch fire when exposed to the high temperatures of burning candles.

The Importance of Safe Candle-Making

When it comes to candle-making, safety should be our top priority. Using containers designed explicitly for candles ensures they can withstand the heat and contain any potential wax spills. Candle containers should be made of materials like glass, ceramic, or metal, designed to handle the melting wax without compromising their integrity.

A Safer Alternative: Reusable Candle Containers and More

If you're drawn to the allure of repurposing, consider a few of these options that allow you to enjoy the creative process without compromising safety!

  • Upcycle Household Items: Instead of thrift store finds, look around your own home for suitable containers. Old mason jars, empty glass food containers, or small ceramic dishes can be repurposed as candle containers. Just make sure they are heat-resistant and safe for candle-making.
  • Reuse Old Candle Containers and MAKE IT YOUR OWN!: If you have finished burning store-bought candles, you can clean and repurpose their containers for your DIY candle projects. This not only saves money but also reduces waste. You can even personalize it! 

For example, this idea perfect for the holidays:

Or you can even PAINT the ceramic jar in your style! Like this beautiful painted jar:

  • Invest in a Candle Jar PIECE : Consider purchasing a candle that comes in a vessel that you LOVE. Maybe it’ll be pricey BUT at least you’ll know for sure that the vessel you’ll be reusing is safe and made for candles!
  • Support Local Artisans: Look for local artisans or small businesses that create handmade candle containers. This way, you can enjoy unique, handcrafted pieces that are both safe and stylish. Plus, you'll be supporting local craftsmanship.
  • Thrift Store Upcycling with Caution: If you're determined to use thrift store finds, do so with a careful eye. Inspect containers for cracks, heat resistance, and any signs of damage. Prioritize safety by selecting thrifted items that were originally designed for holding heat or candles.

Remember, safety should always be the top priority when it comes to candle-making. While repurposing thrift store items can be creative and eco-friendly, it's crucial to ensure that the containers you use are safe and suitable for the task. Alternatives like purchasing new or upcycling household items can provide you with a safer and equally stylish candle-making experience.

Conclusion: Balance Style with Safety

In the world of DIY candle-making, the desire for style and sustainability should go hand in hand with safety. While thrift store finds can make for charming candle containers, we must exercise caution and prioritize the well-being of our homes and loved ones.

So, my dear candle enthusiasts, by all means, embrace the trend of repurposing, but do so with mindfulness and safety in mind. It's possible to create exquisite candles while respecting the art of candle-making. Let's ignite our creativity safely and ensure that the soothing glow of our candles remains a source of comfort, not concern.

Until next time, may your candle creations continue to bring warmth and joy into your life, while also keeping safety in the forefront.


The PS & Co Team



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