Candle melts, also known as wax melts, are a popular alternative to traditional candles. They offer a flameless and mess-free way to enjoy the fragrance of candles. Rather than burning a wick, candle melts are designed to be melted using a warmer or a tea light burner. If you have a collection of new candles and want to repurpose them into candle melts, this step-by-step guide will show you how to do it. If you are looking for a no-hassle option, then view our fabulous strongly scented wax melts here
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
Before you start making candle melts, gather the necessary supplies. Here's what you'll need:
1. New candles: Select candles with scents you enjoy, preferably ones with a higher fragrance concentration for a more potent scent in your melts.
2. Heat-resistant container: Use a heat-resistant glass or metal container to melt the wax.
3. Double boiler or a makeshift setup: Create a double boiler by placing your heat-resistant container in a larger pot filled with water. Alternatively, use a metal can or a heat-proof glass measuring cup placed in a pot with water.
4. Wax thermometer: A thermometer will help you monitor and maintain the appropriate melting temperature.
5. Candle molds: Choose silicone molds in various shapes and sizes to create your desired candle melt shapes.
6. Release spray or oil: This will help with easy removal of the candle melts from the molds.
7. Optional: Fragrance oil, colorants, and glitter for customization.
Step 2: Prepare the Candles
Start by removing the wicks and any remaining debris from the candles. Cut the wax into smaller pieces for easier melting. Sorting candles by scent can help create unique blends later on if desired.
Step 3: Melt the Wax
Fill the larger pot or the double boiler with water, making sure it doesn't touch the bottom of the heat-resistant container. Place the container in the pot and set it over medium heat. Add the candle wax pieces to the container and allow them to melt, stirring occasionally with a heat-resistant utensil.
Step 4: Add Fragrance and Color (Optional)
If you wish to customize your candle melts, now is the time to add fragrance oils or colorants. Remember that a little goes a long way, so start with a small amount and adjust to your preference. Stir the mixture gently to ensure even distribution.
Step 5: Pour the Wax into Molds
Once the wax has reached a suitable temperature (typically around 150-160°F or 65-71°C), it's time to pour it into the molds. Place the molds on a stable surface and spray or lightly oil them with release spray or oil for easy removal later. Carefully pour the melted wax into the molds, leaving a small space at the top.
Step 6: Cooling and Setting
Allow the candle melts to cool and solidify completely. This process usually takes a few hours, but you can speed it up by placing the molds in the refrigerator for around 30 minutes.
Step 7: Remove the Candle Melts
Once the melts have hardened, gently pop them out of the molds. If they resist, place the molds in the freezer for a few minutes, then try again. Clean any excess wax residue from the molds before reusing them.
Step 8: Store and Enjoy
Store your candle melts in airtight containers or resealable bags to preserve their fragrance. When ready to use, place a melt in a wax warmer or tea light burner, and enjoy the delightful aroma that fills the room.
By repurposing your new candles into candle melts, you can extend their lifespan and create a variety of fragrant options. With just a few simple steps, you can transform your candles into beautiful wax melts that will fill your space with inviting scents. Experiment with different fragrances, colors, and molds to unleash your creativity and enhance your home's ambiance.
Remember, safety is paramount when handling hot wax. Always exercise caution and work in a well-ventilated area. Now that you know how to make candle melts, it's time to get creative and indulge in the soothing aromas they provide.