Making your own wax melts is super easy and allows you to create just the right fragrance for your home or gifts for family and friends.
Wax melts are great for enjoying your favorite scent permeate through the house. They are readily available in stores but if you enjoy an easy and fun DIY project this is one for you.
Tips for Making Homemade Wax Melts
What type of wax to use
I used soy wax for this project however, beeswax would work well too. Soy wax is made from soybeans and is a renewable resource so if you are into sustainability it may be a good choice for you.
You can melt the wax in a double boiler as shown here with an old pot and a clean leftover food can. Or you can also use a plastic cup in the microwave. I find that using a double boiler is faster than the microwave.
How Much Essential Oils or Fragrance Oils
You can use either essential oils or good-quality fragrance oils for this craft. However, the amount of fragrance to use varies. Some scents such as cinnamon are very strong so you don't want to use too much of it. Conversely, lemon is much lighter and you may need more than you think to get the scent that you like. The best solution is to add some of each, smell, and then go from there.
This silicone mold makes 24 beautiful small wax melts. However, you can use any shape of mold that you want. Just remember that they need to be small enough to fit inside the wax melt burner.
I ended up making two batches. The first one was lavender and lemon. Then I used some dried lavender flowers to adorn the bag.
I also made a batch of orange cinnamon for fall. Using a garnishing tool/zester you can make a few orange peels that curl and dry overnight to create pretty garnishes for your bags.
Whether you are gift-making or just creating some terrific home fragrance for yourself, these DIY wax melts are an easy and creative craft.
- 2 cups soy wax flakes
- silicone ice cube mold
- essential oil or fragrance oil (approx. 200 drops)
- Old pot
- clean empty tin can
- wooden skewer or plastic spoon
- Melt wax in a clean tin can in an old pot with water on the stove.
- Once melted remove the can from the heat and add fragrance or essential oils.
- Stir and pour into the silicone mold
- Allow the wax to harden
- Remove wax melts from mold and bag up for gifts or store away until ready to use.
Essential oils and fragrance oil vary in strength so you may not need as much in the molds. The best thing to do is add a little at a time and test it.
Beeswax and be substituted for soy wax.
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Cairondin Ice Cube Trays with Lids 2 Pack, 24 Silicone Flexible Ice Trays BPA Free, Easy Release, Stackable Ice Cube Molds with Covers for Chilled Drinks, Whiskey and Cocktails
Natural Soy 444 Wax: 2 lb Bag
NOW Essential Oils, Lavender Oil, Soothing Aromatherapy Scent, Steam Distilled, 100% Pure, Vegan, Child Resistant Cap, 1-Ounce
Now Foods Essential Oils Lemon, 1 fl oz 30 ml (7565)