You know what’s really annoying? When you burn a candle all the way down to the bottom of the wick, but there’s still an inch of wax. Normal people would just chuck the candle. But, especially when they are homemade beeswax candles, you really don’t want to throw away that beeswax. So, I’m going to show you how I make homemade wax melts from old candles. It’s an easy process that uses many of the same steps I use to make a candle.
- Old candle wax
- Double boiler or make-shift double boiler. (Note: If you’re working with beeswax, remember that beeswax is flammable. Do not melt beeswax in a pan on direct heat, and watch it closely while you’re melting it using a double-boiler method.)
- Foil tin (like this kind)
- Small cupcake/muffin liners (I used some from Giant that were marketed as “good for making candy”).
(Do not use any appliances or work with new materials without proper training, precautions, and supervision from a professional. Make sure you research fire safety and take all necessary precautions before working with beeswax. If you’re looking for a professional-quality candle recipe to sell, you may want to consult a candle-making professional. Read my full disclaimer here.)
Tip: If I need to get the wax out of the candle holder and the top of the candle holder it wider than the bottom, I put the candle in the freezer for a few minutes and then easily pop the block of wax out. If I can’t pop a solid block of wax out (like, if I have a Yankee candle where the top is narrow), I can melt the wax by warming it on top of my double boiler.
Step #1: I don’t have a double boiler, so I’m using a make-shift double boiler consisting of a pot with a pan resting on top of it. I put 2 in of water in the pot and about 1/2 in of water in the pan. I bring the water in the pot to a boil; this heats the water in the pan.
Step #2: I put my wax in the aluminum tin and set the tin in the pan (the top); I monitor the wax closely as it melts and fish out the old wick using a toothpick.
Step #3: When the wax is completely melted, I gently pour it into the cupcake holders. I used two wrappers on some and one wrapper on others, but I didn’t really notice a difference. Once the melts are solidified enough to move them, I pop them in the fridge for a half hour or so.
Tip: The aluminum tins have corners that really help to make the pours even. Also, wax solidifies very quickly, so I threw the tin back on the double boiler for a minute or so every few pours.
And, as a bonus, they look like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
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