Have you ever wanted to make your own candles but didn’t know where to start?
Maybe you have a bunch of old wax melts and want another use for them?
Well, using wax melts to make candles is a quick and easy way to get started with candle making and a good use for old wax melts.
In this blog post, I’ll explain how to use wax melts to make candles, including the steps for melting the wax and adding a wick.
I’ll also explain why wax melts are a better option than buying wax and fragrances separately and provide some precautions to keep in mind when making candles!
What Are Wax Melts?
Wax melts are small pieces of scented wax, usually shaped like cubes, but are also commonly shaped like hearts, flowers, and other cute things.
Wax melts can be made from paraffin, soy wax, beeswax, or a combination of these.
They are scented with both natural and synthetic fragrances and come in a variety of scents.
Wax melts are a great way to add scent to your home without the use of candles, but they can also be used to make candles!
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How to Use Wax Melts to Make Candles
Making candles using wax melts is easy and only requires a few simple steps:
- Melt the wax melts. You can use a wax warmer or a double boiler to melt the wax melts. If using a wax warmer, simply place the wax melts in the warmer and turn it on. If using a double boiler, fill a saucepan with a few inches of water, place a glass bowl on top of the saucepan, and add the wax melts to the bowl. Heat the water over medium heat until the wax melts.
- Pour the melted wax into a glass candle jar. Make sure the jar is heat-safe and has a wide enough opening for the melted wax to be easily poured in.
- Add a wick. You can purchase candle wicks at a craft store or online. Make sure to choose a wick that is appropriate for the size of your candle jar.
- Let the wax harden. Once the wax is in the jar and the wick is in place, let the wax harden completely before using the candle. This may take a few hours or overnight, depending on the size of the candle.
That’s it, you’ve made a candle using your chosen color and fragrance!
Why Wax Melts Are Better Than Buying Wax and Fragrances to Make Candles
There are a few reasons why using wax melts to make candles can be more convenient than buying wax and fragrances separately:
- They’re easy to use. With wax melts, you don’t have to worry about measuring out the right amount of wax or finding the right fragrance. Simply melt the wax melts and pour them into a jar – it’s that easy!
- They’re customizable. With wax melts, you can mix and match different scents to create your own unique fragrance. This is especially helpful if you have a hard time finding a store-bought candle that you love.
- They’re cost-effective. Buying wax and fragrances separately can be expensive, especially if you’re making multiple candles. Wax melts are often more affordable, so using them can save you money in the long run.
The only drawback is that you might lose some of the scent by melting them once, but I’ve never found this to be a problem.
Precautions When Making Candles
When making candles, it’s important to take a few precautions to ensure your safety. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Use a heat-safe jar. Make sure to use a jar that is safe to use with heat, such as a glass jar designed for holding candle wax.
- Keep an eye on the wax. As the wax melts, it may start to smoke or bubble up ad spit. If this happens, carefully remove the wax from the heat source.
- Use caution when handling hot wax. The wax will be hot when it is melted, so use caution when handling it to avoid burns.
- Keep candles away from children and pets. Melting the wax or not, you should always keep candles out of the reach of children and pets for the safety of the candles and your kids and pets!
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Is wax melts the same as candle wax?
Not quite, wax melts are typically made from a different type of wax than candle wax.
But it doesn’t matter.
Candle wax is typically made from paraffin wax and is used to make traditional candles, while wax melts are usually made from soy wax, beeswax, or a combination of these.
Wax melts are specifically designed to be melted and used with wax warmers or in a double boiler.
The good thing is that the burn time of wax melts is somewhere in the region of 5 times longer than a traditional candle made with paraffin wax.
So, your candles are going to burn longer, depending on the wick, and that’s a plus.
At the end of the day, as long as you take all the necessary safety precautions there is no harm in making some candles from your unused wax melts and seeing what happens.
It’s fun to experiment and make your own candle products and fragrances, so why not give it a go? Who knows, you might have some interesting results!
Image credits – Photo by Hanna Balan on Unsplash
I’m a MA, (CMT) Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Reiki Master — I’m a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience in the industry.