After Your Candle Burns Out…Make A Terrarium!

80+ hours of wonderful candle scents has gone by…now what do you do with your Mason jar?

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We love Mason jars for their classic aesthetic and virtually endless uses (like containing our candles!).  However, there’s one use that is particularly awesome: creating your own Terrarium!  A Terrarium is a small plant environment usually made in a glass or a jar, perfect for your Mason jar after the candle has burnt out.  Making one is much simpler than you would think, but to begin you’re going to need a few items:

  • A Mason jar
  • Rocks, pebbles, or sea glass
  • Activated charcoal
  • Potting soil (pertaining to the plants you intend to use)
  • Small plants (like cacti, succulents, tropical plants, indoor plants, etc)
  • A spoon
  • Gloves
  • Scissors

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Once you’ve gathered all the goods, the first step is to make sure your jar is clean, then layer in about an inch of your pebbles/rocks/seaglass.  This will assist with water drainage and will prevent the roots from getting water-logged.  Then use the spoon to scoop a half inch of charcoal on top, which will keep the soil and surroundings healthy.  

 

This brings us to our next step: fill the jar halfway with soil.  Now you’re ready to plant your plants!  Pull them from their pots and plant them in the Mason jar with enough room to grow and breathe.   Now you have the liberty of decorating the environment with moss, sticks, pebbles; anything you want!  

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Water the plants only occasionally, and keep in an area with good natural light.  The Terrarium makes a perfect decoration for window sills, atriums, walkways, and desks.  Have fun and enjoy your new little plant world!  

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If you’ve come up with a creative way to re-purpose your Mason jar candle, we’d love to hear it!  Shoot us a note at Repurpose@MasonJarCandles.org.  If we write about it, we may even send you a candle 🙂

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