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How To Make Wax Melts The Easy Way + Video

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You’re here because you want to learn how to make wax melts. And I’m here to show you how.

They are actually super simple to make, and you don’t need any special wax melt recipe or other supplies. You can actually use your old candles and ice cube trays.

Bath and body works has amazing smelling candles and body care and I’m completely obsessed with the scents so this is what I use to make mine.

Candles never ever burn to the end, and you some leftover wax. Today you are going to learn how to make your own, low-cost wax melts. All you need is your favorite candle with a bit of wax leftover in it. All you need is a pot of boiling water, a silicone mold, and your candle.

If you have ever purchased wax melts you know the price is a little high, at least in my opinion. The only way I can justify purchasing them now is if I have a gift card. And depending on the brand you use, they can be known to lose their scent quickly.

How To Make Wax Melts To Sell

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This is a fabulous way to recycle old candles and transform them into DIY wax melts that will make your home smell amazing. I have already told you that, I have a slight obsession with candles. But this is my preferred method.

  • Melt the wax using a double boiler
  • Discard the wicks
  • Pour the hot wax into some sort of mold
  • Allow to cool
  • Use in your favorite wax warmer

How To Make Homemade Wax Melts

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For this DIY I used leftover Bath and Body Works candles but you can use any brand of candle. They will all work, and it is a great way to get all the scent out of your candle. I always buy B&BW when it is on sale, so I get a deal and can stock up.

A great alternative to melting down old candles is to melt down some soy wax, add in your favorite fragrance oil, allow to set and you will have the best scented homemade wax melts ever.

Grab any silicone mold I used one that was to make little flowers. The silicone style molds are great because they are extremely flexible so once your wax has set, you can push it right out and it stays in one piece.

If you decide to use an iced tray make sure it’s nice and flexible.

Bath and body works has amazing smelling candles. What If I told you that you could DIY your own Bath and Body Works wax melts with those same candles? #waxmelts #diy #candles #bathandbodyworks #bbw

Check out the video, it shows you exactly how easy it is to make these tarts out of your candles. Then just pop into your favorite wax melter and wait for it to fill your home with a beautiful fragrance.

Your scented wax melts can be stored in mason jars, or use the hats they came in and this tutorial to make Cricut Joy Smart labels for the jars.

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DIY Wax Melts Make The Perfect DIY Gift

I think these melts turned out gorgeous. Not only do they work just as good if not better than store purchased ones, but they are really pretty. Put in a pretty bag or tin and add some ribbon and you have a perfect DIY gift. You could even decorate the glass jar using some vinyl and your Cricut and store them int here like I did.

These are great for birthdays, new moms, holiday gifts, and just as a thank you! If you don’t know if the person has a wax warmer just buy them one to go along with it, and you have a complete gift.


What are wax melts?

Wax melts are a scented piece of wax that has no wick. These are also know as wax tarts or cubes. I prefer to make my own but there are tons of great brands out there, glade, air wick also make them. My favorite scent right now is champaign toast. It is amazing!

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wax melts made from bath and body workd candles using a flower silicone mold
Yield: 6

How To Make Wax Melts + Video

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5

Use this great tutorial to learn how to make wax melts using things you already have at home.


  • Candle with no wick left


  • A pot of boiling water
  • optionally you can use a double boiler
  • Ice cube tray or candy mold (silicone)
  • Oven Mitt
  • Tweezers
  • Freezer for chilling


  1. Bring your water to a boil
  2. Sit your candle down in the water
  3. Allow candle wax to melt completely, this step doesn't take long
  4. Carefully remove wicks with the tweezers
  5. Pour wax into the silicone mold
  6. Pop in the freezer for about an hour
  7. Remove from the mold and put into your warmer or store in the cleaned and empty candle jar

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Can you melt candle wax in the microwave?

Place the container of wax into the microwave and heat on high for 5 minutes. … If the wax is not completely melted, give it a quick stir, place it back in the microwave and heat at 30-second intervals until all of the wax has fully melted.

Can I reuse old candlewax?

It’s a shame when a good candle burns out — especially when there’s plenty of wax left behind. Fortunately, you don’t have to throw out the candle just because the wick is gone. The candle wax itself is completely reusable and will burn just as well after being melted and re-formed.

How long does it take for candle wax to melt?

Melting wax typically takes 4-5 minutes, but can vary depending on the microwave. Be careful not to overheat wax once it liquefies. The container and melted wax will be hot!

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Susy Partida

Thursday 15th of April 2021

Can I use resin molds to make these adorable wax melts?

Jamela Payne

Thursday 20th of May 2021

Yup, but I would stick to the silicone ones.


Thursday 15th of September 2016

Hey Jamela! These wax melts turned out great!

Love the simple tutorial as well. We posted it on our Pinterest board :)


- Carmine Candle Junkies

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