How to Make Wax Melts with Dried Flowers
How to make wax melts with dried flowers for a wax warmer. You’ll adore making these homemade natural soy wax melts topped with dried flowers!
If you think making candles from scratch sounds way too hard, why not start with candle wax melts? I can tell you learning how to make wax melts is much easier coming from someone who was in your shoes a few years ago. And such a great place to start with candle making!
Even if you’re not new to candle making, I’m sure you’ll agree making unique wax melts is fun and rewarding.
I know I’ve said it before, but it’s worth saying again, wax melts make great handmade gifts for teachers, neighbors, and anyone you want to share a thank you with. Like my easy fall DIY wax melts, I made mini pumpkins with a silicone mold. They are adorable and couldn’t be more simple to make!
But I have to say wax melts have never been more gorgeous than these creamy hand-poured soy wax melts decorated with dried flowers.
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What are wax melts?
If you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last ten years, let me fill you in. Wax melts are basically scented candles without a wick or container.
Some call wax melts, wax bark, or candle wax brittle. Bark or brittle is usually made by pouring candle wax into a lined baking pan and randomly chopping it up like peanut brittle.
No matter how you make them, wax melts are melted one of two ways. The most common being in an electric wax warmer. This is a great way to enjoy the warmth of a candle without a flame. The second way to use a wax melt is over a tealight burner. Both are beautiful options, and each results in the wax being slowly melted, releasing its fragrance as it melts.
Interestingly, unlike candles, the wax does not evaporate; only the scent dissipates. Meaning no matter how many times you use a wax melt, the amount of wax will always be the same, but the scent will lessen over time.
I’ve found they are a great way to test out different candle scent blends without much work or cost. They require such a small amount of fragrance and candle wax.
What flowers can I use in wax melts?
First off, if you’re wondering, can you put dried flowers in wax melts safely? The answer is yes. Candle wax warmers and tea light burns don’t get hot enough to burn dried flowers in wax melts.
As for what flowers can you use in wax melts, anything goes!
You can create a playful collection of dried flower wax melts by drying flowers from your garden, adventures, or woodland walks too. Check out my tips for drying flowers to press here and harvesting flowers such as lavender to dry here. Or start with a collection of dried flowers like this ready to use.
Honestly, you can’t go wrong – try orange slices and coffee beans too! I think the growing popularity of wax melts is primarily due to their versatility.
How to Make Wax Melts with Dried Flowers
When it comes to how to make wax melts with dried flowers, it couldn’t be easier! All it takes is melting soy wax flakes, stirring in fragrance, and pouring into a mold. Followed by arranging dried flowers into partially solid wax.
Wax Melt Candle Supplies:
1 ½ inch mini muffin silicone mold
¾ lb soy wax flakes
9 to 12 dried flowers
1-ounce fragrance oil or essential oils
Floral Wax Melt Instructions:
Using a kitchen scale, measure ¾ lb of soy wax flakes to make 9 to 12 wax melts.
Pour the measured soy wax flakes into a candle-melting pitcher to safely melt. Then place the pitcher inside a large saucepan filled with 2 inches of water. Using the double boiler method, heat on medium to low heat with a gentle simmer at most, often stirring with a heat-resistant silicone whisk or spatula.
After melting, remove the pitcher from the heat immediately and clip a candle thermometer inside of the pitcher to watch the wax cool to the suggested temperature of your fragrance oil or 125°F for essential oils.
4. Adding Fragrance
Next, add 1-ounce fragrance oil or essential oils and stir constantly, but slowly for 1 to 2 minutes to thoroughly incorporate.
After adding the scent, on a sturdy, solid surface, carefully pour the wax ¾ the way full into 9 to 12 cavities of the silicone mold.
6. Arranging Dried Flowers
Allow the wax to begin to cool in the mold for a few minutes. Then start arranging dried flowers in each wax melt. Use tweezers for tiny pieces and a toothpick to adjust petals or leaves.
I kept it simple for these floral wax melts by adding one large Gomphrena Globosa Linn flower from this box of dried flowers. I love how vibrant their color is, and the texture adds to the appeal.
For Best Results:
- Allow homemade wax melts to cure 24 hours before melting for best results.
- These floral soy wax melts are suitable for use in both electric and tea light wax melt warmers. (See the tips below on how to choose a wax warmer.)
- To use, place one floral wax melt, dried flower side up, on the top of the wax warmer. Light a tea light candle underneath or turn the wax warmer light to begin melting.
- No need to worry about floating flower petals, leaves, or even glitter. Neither will get hot enough to burn. They’ll just keep looking pretty!
Tips for Choosing a Wax Melt Warmer:
You can have a wax melt warmer in any room of your home that has an outlet! Don’t be afraid to get creative with wax melts made with a unique fragrance to refresh each space and decorative wax warmers to suit your style.
What are the different types of wax warmers?
First, don’t get wax warmers mixed up with candle warmers. A candle warmer is essentially a small electric plate that you place a container candle on top of to melt the candle without lighting the wick.
A wax warmer like this ceramic paisley pattern warmer from Target has a removable shallow tray designed for wax melts on the top. When plugged in, the warming bulb underneath slowly melts the wax, releasing the fragrance and creating a pattern of light on your surroundings. You can also find these as a small wall plug-in warmer for small spaces such as a powder room.
Another option is a tea light burner, with an opening for an unscented tea light candle under a reservoir for wax melts. These have an outdoor appeal to me, but some prefer them since you don’t need an outlet or electricity to use.
No matter what type of wax warmer you choose, I know you’ll love making these floral wax melts. I’m storing these dried flower wax melts in a glass jar because they are too pretty not to display! I nearly resisted melting the first few. But, I adore the way the dried flowers float in the melted wax as the fragrance envelopes your space.
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