Repurpose Old Salt and Pepper Shakers to make Unique Candles

This project is a wonderful way to repurpose those old salt and pepper shakers you inherited from Grandma. They are also a wonderful way for devout Christians to remember the call Jesus Christ makes on their lives to be a testimony to those around them.

Using old salt and pepper shakers and some inexpensive microwavable candle wax, you can make something that serves as a daily reminder of Christ’s words “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.


  • Glass, porcelain, or metal salt and pepper shakers
  • Microwavable candle wax
  • Wicks
  • Wick holders
  • Hot glue or glue dots
  • Pinking shears
  • Black embroidery floss


  1. Make sure that the shakers are clean and dry. Put them in the oven at the lowest temp to preheat them so that they won’t crack when the hot wax is poured into them.
  2. Cut the wick slightly longer than you will want it to be.
  3. Thread the wick through the wick clip so that almost the entire wick is pulled through with just enough to hold flush to the bottom of the clip. Use a pliers to squeeze the clip onto the wick to hold it in place.
  4. Use hot glue or glue dots to adhere the wick clip to the bottom of the shaker.
  5. Prepare the wax for pouring according to the manufacturer’s directions.
  6. Fill the jar with wax. Use toothpicks, pencils, or skewers to hold the wicks in place and prevent them from falling to the side of the jars or into the wax.
  7. Let the candle rest until the wax is hard.
  8. Print the words “be salt” and “be light” on cardstock.
  9. Use pinking shears to cut the words out for tags.
  10. Punch a hole in the corner of the tag and use embroidery floss to hang the tags around the necks of the candles.
  11. Trim the wick.


  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Protect your work area when using hot wax; hot wax can be harmful to your work surface.

Ideas And Suggestions

If your salt and pepper shakers are tall, it might be easier to use a tweezers when sticking the wick clip to the bottom of the shakers.

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