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 to make homemade wax melts from your old candles. It’s an easy process that uses many of the same steps you 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 (Make sure they’re not the super flimsy kind…I used some from Giant that were marketed as “good for making candy”).
Tip: If you need to get the wax out of the candle holder and the top of the candle holder it wider than the bottom, you can put the candle in the freezer for a few minutes and then easily pop the block of wax out. If you can’t pop a solid block of wax out (like, if you have a Yankee candle where the top is narrow), you can melt the wax by warming it on top of your double boiler.
Step #1: If you have a double boiler, great! I don’t have one, so I’m using a make-shift double boiler consisting of a pot with a pan resting on top of it. Put 2 in of water in the pot and about 1/2 in of water in the pan. Bring the water in the pot to a boil; this will heat the water in the pan.
Step #2: Put your wax in the aluminum tin and set the tin in the pan (the top); monitor the wax closely as it melts and fish out the old wick using a toothpick.
Step #3: When the wax is completely melted, 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, 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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