If you did a quick search through our blog archives then you’d surely notice that I am a super fan of removable wallpaper. Having lived in 4 states in the last 7 years with multiple moves in each state, I learned quickly that the fastest way to add character to a rental and make if feel like YOU was to pick a wall and wallpaper it. I love the stuff! It brings color, pattern, and easy visual interest to a space without ticking off any landlords in the process. However, it can be an investment, so, what do you do when you have a foot or two leftover after transforming your walls? We have some ideas!
Today I’m going to show you the first in a little series of projects that you can do with leftover removable wallpaper or by ordering a small batch of wallpaper, and this one is an upcycle — we’re talking about how to reuse old candle jars to make DIY upcycled candle planters! And we’re going to do it by using gorgeous wallpaper samples from my FAVORITE wallpaper company out there, Chasing Paper. You can tell that Chasing Paper is the best of the best right when you get it in your hands. The feeling of the paper itself is almost like fabric and the quality is undeniable. Plus, the sheer volume of gorgeous patterns available from Chasing Paper are sure to make you head spin. Let’s create with something!
How to Reuse Old Candle Jars: Prep the Jars
First, prep your candle jars. I removed my wax buy scraping out out what I could, then I used a blow dryer to melt the rest. Once the wax was gone I washed them out with soap and water and used a glass drill bit to drill holes in the bottoms of the jars for drainage.
Supplies needed to make Upcycled Candle Planters
Wallpaper (I used the sample size of the Chinoiserie print in pink and Lemon Fresh, both from Chasing Paper)
Old candle jars
How to make Upcycled Candle Planters
Step 1: Once your candle jars are prepared, carefully remove the backing from the wallpaper.
Step 2. Begin wrapping the candle with the wallpaper, sticky side down, by lining the paper up with the top of the jar and carefully smoothing the paper over the glass, repositioning the paper anywhere there may be air bubbles
Step 3. Once you have wrapped the paper around the jar, use scissors to trim any uneven edges, and press the excess paper underneath the jar. If the width of the paper does not wrap completely around the jar, use the excess you cut off to cover the seam, using scissors to trim any necessary areas.
Step 4. Fill the jars with potting soil and add plants.
That’s it! Now you’ve made some gorgeous statement planters and recycled your old candle jars in the process! I love the way these wallpaper patterns look when paired with plants, they are sure to brighten up my desk.
Have you ever used removable wallpaper on a wall or in a DIY project? We’d love to hear about it!
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