Capture the Aromas of the Season with Fall DIY Wax Melts
With the biggest holidays of the season approaching many of us are preparing our homes to welcome friends and family from near and far.
Nothing brings families closer together than gathering around the table for an incredible meal!
Especially in the cooler months at the end of the year when our instincts encourage us to “store up” for the winter. Yep, it’s not just the pumpkin spice that causes our cravings to soar for all the savory and sweet foods of the season.
Luckily, I’ve found a way to celebrate new and old traditions for an unforgettable season without adding any regrets to your waistline. That’s right we can have it all – pumpkin pie, maple sugar pecans, and cinnamon apple dumplings.
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Take Full Advantage of Autumn’s Flavors with DIY Wax Melts
Yes, you can enjoy the most delicious harvest aromas and take advantage of every fall craving with easy candle wax melts!
Before the holiday season comes up, take 30 minutes to create your favorite fall flavors like baked apples and cinnamon or fresh rosemary and pine into homemade wax melts. Sometimes called candle tarts or warmer melts they are extremely easy to make and completely customizable.
There’s no container or wick needed to make DIY wax melts. All of which makes them a great way to test and try out blending your own scents without investing in other candle making supplies.
No matter if you’re trying new scents or are new to candle making these fall wax melts make great handmade gifts for teachers, neighbors, your family hairstylist, or anyone else you want to give a thank you to or remember during the holidays.
And they add the perfect touch to your home throughout the holiday season during family dinners, get-togethers or anytime you want to meet a craving without a single calorie!
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What is the best wax to use for wax melts?
I’ve found soy wax works well for making wax melts. It burns cleaner than paraffin wax without pollutants and toxins that come from paraffin a gasoline by-product. Living in farm country soy is grown up and down the valleys here and I love supporting our farmers.
Plus soy is a renewable resource, biodegradable, and cleans up with water. But, you can also make DIY wax melts with beeswax. I plan to try it this winter and when I do, I’ll share it here with you!
How do you make candle wax melts?
You can use silicone molds often marketed for soapmaking or candy making to create candle wax melts like the pumpkin silicone mold I used. They are usually less than $10 and you can use a mold over and over again.
For a zero waste option, metal baking tins work well for candle tarts. And a third option to make DIY wax melts are clamshell molds. These are exclusively designed to make candle wax melts to sell. They are likely what you are most familiar with for candle melts.
I was gifted several clamshell molds and I’ve found them really easy to use. There’s nothing to pop out later and package or store in a container. They can simply stay in the tray as you remove one wax melt at a time to use.
I tied a few up with twine and tucked them into these muslin bags that I hand-stamped with pumpkins for fall. The clamshell molds fit perfectly inside! I also stamped these mini muslin drawstring bags with owls and filled each with two pumpkin wax melts.
Any option you choose to make DIY wax melts will be adorable without a doubt!
And the next time you’re making container candles you can simply pour extra wax into one of the options for a few bonus wax melts!!
P.S. If you use a mold that doesn’t list the ounces anywhere use these simple steps to measure for the wax you’ll need:
- Carefully fill each mold cavity with water without overflowing into other cavities.
- Pour the water into a liquid measuring cup.
- Note the ounces and double it for the volume of soy wax flakes you’ll need.
This isn’t an exact science but it certainly does the trick when you are working with vintage molds.
Fall DIY Candle Wax Melts
Wax Melt Supplies:
- 1 digital kitchen scale
- 1 candle thermometer
- 3 wax melt clamshell molds
- 1 candle melting pitcher
- 8 ounces soy candle wax
- 1.5 tablespoons fall essential oil blend
DIY Wax Melt Instructions:
1. Measure It
Use a kitchen scale to measure 8-ounces of soy wax flakes to make 3 wax melt trays, totaling 18 wax melts altogether. Or use the steps above to find the right amount for your mold.
2. Melt It
To safely melt wax pour the measured soy wax flakes into a candle melting pitcher. Then place the pitcher inside a large saucepan filled with 2 inches of water. Heat on medium to low heat with a gentle simmer at most, using the double boiler method. Stir often with a heat resistant silicone whisk or spatula.
3. Cool & Scent It
Remove the pitcher from the heat immediately to avoid the wax from becoming too hot after melting. Clip a candle thermometer inside of the pitcher to watch the wax cool 125°F to 120°F.
Once cooled, add 1.5 tabelspoons of your fall candle scent and stir constantly for 1 to 2 minutes to thoroughly incorporate. I used this harvest moon essential oil blend of bergamot, cedarwood, fir needle, juniper, and cardamom. It’s so refreshing!
4. Pour It
After adding the scent carefully pour the wax into each cavity of your mold. If you are using clamshell molds, make sure to keep them open during the curing process. Before using a DIY wax melt allow to cure for 24 hours.
How to Use DIY Wax Melts:
Place a single candle wax melt into a tealight, plug in warmer, or tabletop wax melt warmer. I love this Rae Dunn inspired plug in warmer and this farmhouse style wax warmer would be perfect in any room.
Whichever you choose you’ll love the way the wax gently melts as it’s heated, releasing the fragrance into the air. And when the scent dissipates after many uses you can, empty it and add a new wax melt into the warmer.
These easy fall DIY wax melts will have your guests begging you for a few or the recipe. They are really the perfect fall treat to be enjoyed with the flick of a switch and a great addition to your fall festivities and holiday gatherings.
What fall aroma are you craving for your home this season? Is it spicy, sweet, woodsy, or all of the above? I’d love to hear your candle making plans, send me a DM on Instagram or tag #farmhousechicliving to share your wax melts. And don’t forget to pin these easy instructions to make DIY candle melts.