‘Tis the season to get creative! With the holiday season coming up, what better way to celebrate than by making your own fragrant Christmas inspired soy wax melts? Whether you’re looking for thoughtful gifts for family and friends or just want to make something special this festive period, these handmade DIY soy wax melts will help fill your home with a warm and inviting atmosphere.
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This holiday season has been the perfect chance to experiment with making your own handmade festive fragrances! Soy wax melts are simple to make and a great way to enjoy the scents of Christmas. You can make unique combinations that include gingerbread, cinnamon and peppermint. With just a few ingredients you can craft custom-made wax melts that will fill the room with Christmas cheer. Whip up a batch and surprise your family with something special this holiday season.
What Do You Need To Make DIY Christmas Inspired Soy Wax Melts:
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Soy wax flakes – I use 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 is 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 of 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 experimenting with mixing scents or buying ready-mixed such as this Christmas tree scent. For some Christmas essential oil recipes see further down this post.
Other Useful Tools To Make DIY Soy Wax Melts:
- Wax melting pot, double boiler or equivalent. I personally just use a heatproof plastic jug placed in a saucepan of water.
- Spatula or spoon to stir the wax
- Wax thermometer to keep an 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 the correct amounts of essential oil.
Essential Oil Blends For Christmas:
For every 100g of soy wax, I recommend using 5 ml of essential oil. You can either use one particular scent or mix a few to make your 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 personal use it won’t matter if it’s 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 drops 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 the size of the 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 a time, stirring 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 them 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 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 tempted to use too many waxes 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 love using 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 disappeared. To clean out your wax melter after use, simply wait for the melted wax to cool and scoop it out and discard it 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 lose their 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 gift tags I recommend using Avery Design & Print. You can design all your gift tags or labels with their free templates and software. You can then download it for free and print it on your home printer.
With Christmas just around the corner, these soy wax melts are the perfect way to get into the festive spirit. Not only do they smell amazing, but they’ll also make your home feel warm and cosy. Why not give them a try?