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These fabulous DIY Christmas inspired soy wax melts are perfect for making your home feel extra festive. They are quick and easy to make and also make lovely DIY Christmas gifts.
What do you need to make DIY Christmas inspired soy wax melts:
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Soy wax flakes – the one I use is Golden Wax 494 Soy wax from Craftovator. This wax is specifically designed to use with moulds and has a maximum scent load of 10%. It gives a lovely smooth finish and it easy to remove from the moulds. Whatever wax you use make sure it’s a pillar wax, if not you will likely get frosting and melts may be damaged as you try and get them out the moulds!
Wax dye – I use a mixture of soy wax dye and mica powers to colour my wax melts. Using mica powder can give the soy wax melts a lovely pearlescent sheen and gives them a beautiful shimmering effect whilst melting.
Essential or fragrance oils – You can use either when making soy wax melts.
Fragrance oils are made in a laboratory, they tend to be the cheaper option and have an almost unlimited amount of scent options. For some Christmas scents why not try this premium set of 6 winter fragrances.
If using fragrance oils I use 5ml per 100g of soy wax which gives off a lovely scent that isn’t too strong.
Essential oils are concentrated liquids, extracted from plant material. They tend to be more expensive, with a limited amount of scents available, however they are the natural option containing no artificial ingredients. If you are new to using essential oils then I recommend buying a starter set like this one and experiment mixing scents or buy ready mixed scents such as this Christmas tree one. For some Christmas essential oil recipes see further down this post.
Wax melt moulds – Wax moulds come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. For my Christmas inspired soy wax melts I used these fabulous silicone moulds.
Other useful tools to make DIY soy wax melts:
Spatula or spoon to stir the wax
Wax thermometer to keep a eye on the temperatures.
Rubbing alcohol and paper towels to clean the wax moulds after use.
A small measuring pipet is also useful for measuring correct amounts of essential oil.
Essential oil blends for Christmas:
For every 100g of soy wax I recommend using 5ml of essential oil. You can either use one particular scent or mix a few together to make your own blends. For some Christmas inspired blends you could try the following recipes:
5ml = 100 drops although this isn’t an exact science. If you are just making soy wax melts for your own use it won’t really matter if its not exact.
Ginger Bread: 40 drops ginger, 30 drops clove bud, 15 drops nutmeg, 15 drops cinnamon.
Christmas tree: 50 drops fir needle, 25 drops cypress or spruce 10 drops orange, 15 drops nutmeg.
Eggnog: 60 drops nutmeg, 15 drops vanilla 15 drop cinnamon, 10 drops black pepper.
Cinnamon and spice: 40 drops sweet orange, 20 drops cinnamon, 20 drops clove bud, 20 drops ginger.
Mulled wine: 30 drops orange, 30 drops mandarin, 30 drops clove bud, 10 drops cinnamon.
Things to note: Essential oils can be dangerous if not used correctly. They can cause skin irritation and although you may enjoy the aromas your pets may not! Always make sure you read any accompanying information with any oils that you buy.
How to make DIY soy wax melts:
The recipe and instructions below are enough to make around 12 wax melts depending on size of mould.
Add 100g of soy wax flakes to a double boiler and heat until melted. Be careful not to let the wax heat up above 190°F. If it does, don’t worry too much it just means that your wax melts may develop white specs, although they will still work fine.
You can also use a microwave, just pop wax in a microwavable container and heat on medium to high power for 30 seconds at at time, starring between each interval.
Once the wax has completely melted add the wax dye. I recommend gradually adding small amounts until you reach the desired colour.
Once the wax has cooled to around 150°F you can then add the 5ml of fragrance or essential oils. Once added stir continuously until the fragrance or essential oils are completely mixed within the wax.
You can then carefully pour the wax into the wax moulds and leave to harden in a cool place for a few hours or overnight. Once cooled you can pop the wax melts out of the moulds and they are ready to use.
How to use soy wax melts:
These homemade wax melts are really easy to use. Just pop 1 or 2 soy wax melts into your favourite wax melter then just sit back and relax whilst waiting for the lovely aromas to fill your room. Don’t be temped to use too many wax melts at a time as once melted they may overflow.
Wax melters come in a variety of shapes and sizes, electrical and non-electrical. However it’s important to use one that is specifically designed to use with wax melts or tarts. I personally love using the simple wax burners which use a tea light to gradually melt the wax.
You can continue to melt down the same wax until you feel that all the fragrance has disapated. To clean out your wax melter after use, simply wait for the melted wax to cool and scoop out and discard in a bin. You can then wipe down the wax holder with either a warm soapy cloth or some baby oil to get rid of any small traces of wax.
How to store homemade soy wax melts
How you store your homemade wax scents will affect how long the fragrance lasts. If stored correctly these DIY Christmas inspired soy wax melts should last about a year after this you may find that the fragrance is not as strong.
To get the most out of your homemade wax melts store them in an airtight container and keep them in a cool dark place. Don’t leave them in direct sunlight or next to heaters or cookers as the heat will warm them up slightly and they will start to loose there scent.
Giving homemade soy wax melts as gifts
These DIY Christmas inspired soy wax melts also make great Christmas gifts. Just pop some in a cute sealable jar, add some ribbon and a gift tag and you have a perfect homemade gift.
If you want to make your own gift tags I recommend using Avery Design & Print. You can design all your own gift tags or labels with their free templates and software. You can then download for free and print on your home printer.
Hope you have enjoyed this post and that its inspired you to make your own DIY Christmas inspired soy wax melts. If so, let me know in the comments below.
If you love these DIY wax melts then why not try making my DIY Lavender soy wax sachets as well.
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