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DIY Wax Melts

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A lot of us are still cooped up in the house, and that means coming up with new ways to entertain. Well if you’ve already made your grapefruit pie and snuggled up and read a super cozy mystery , you may be running out of ideas. But even if you aren’t, DIY wax melts are the perfect project for you.

I’m not really a DIY girl. I mean, I don’t mind doing it myself, it’s just that, if DIY had a Nailed It show, I’d be on it. 

I’m just not good at it. I’ve had DIY hair fails, DIY nail fails, DIY building-something-great fails, I mean, it’s really rough out here. The thing that I do have on my side is persistence. Since I am a money-saving girl, I usually keep trying until I get it right.

Well, what I’m about to show you today was something that I got right the FIRST time. Seriously. So if I can do it, trust me when I say you can do it. Probably with your eyes closed. Ok, now that your confidence is up, let’s get started.

So you know how you burn a candle, and it smells really great? But then the wick runs out, and you have a good bit of remaining wax in the jar that you end up throwing in the trash because you can’t use it?

Kinda like this?

Well I’m about to change your life. We’re going to make wax melts out of that wax! You can use these with a wax burner, you can put these in your sock drawer, I’ve even seen people use them in their car as air fresheners (you’d have to put them in a vented container somewhere in your car). The possibilities really are endless.

For this you’ll need a candle, a pot that’s bigger than the candle, and a candy mold, or chocolate mold tray. If you don’t have a candy mold tray, you can also use cookie cutters.

First, put water in your pot, Don’t fill it, you don’t want the wax to mix in with the water. Put just enough, to cover where the wax is on the candle.

Place your candle inside the pot, and bring to a boil over medium heat. You can watch the process (it won’t take long at all), and when your wax has turned into melted wax, you’re going to turn the heat off. Don’t worry about the broken wicks in the wax.

Use oven mitts to remove the candle from the pot. *The glass will be hot!* Once removed, use a butter knife or skewer to remove the wicks. You’ll have to slide them a bit to loosed up the glue, and then they’ll just come right out.

Next pour the hot wax into the candy molds, chocolate molds, or even cookie cutters. If you use a cookie cutter be sure to lay wax paper down under the cutter, and press gently while pouring the wax. This is where you get to customize these wax melts and really up the cuteness factor. They have all kinds of neat designs and I’ve linked to some of my favorites below. From emojis to elaborate flowers, I know you’ll be able to find a design that you love.

Now when I was pouring the wax into the candy molds, I still used my oven mitts. As you can see below, I’m not a perfect pourer. Just goes to show you how easy this is!

Remember when I told you not to worry about the broken wicks? Well, they were so heavy that they stayed right in the candle container. See?

Now, you just have to patient and let those bad boys harden. Once they do, pop them out and they are ready for use!

That’s it guys! You can also save the empty candle jar now, and use it for all sorts of things. Now THAT’s getting your money’s worth. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments, I’m happy to help!

Make life sweet and learn all you can

(12) Comments

  1. What a great idea to repurpose candle wax! Your wax melts came out so cute.

    1. Amie says:

      Thank you! And I don’t have a bit of crafting skills, so I know you can do it too!!

  2. OMG this is such a cool idea!! I usually try to burn my candles as long as possible to get as much of the scent as possible. I will definitely be trying this! I absolutely love the sock drawer idea, I’d probably use them in all my drawers. Thank you for this post!

    1. Amie says:

      Thank you!! Let me know how they work out for you!

  3. Tori says:

    What?! This is a great idea!! Just in time for spring cleaning 😊

    1. Amie says:

      Just in time!!

  4. Oh my goodness. I wish school was really still in session so I could do a project like this with my students. This is too cool.

    1. Amie says:

      I bet the kids would really love it!!

  5. I always wondered how to do this!!! Im trying this ASAP!

    1. Amie says:

      Yes!!! Let me know how they turn out!

  6. Aliya says:

    This is such a great idea. I have a one of my favorite candles that I’m going to try this on. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Amie says:

      You’re welcome!!

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