How to Make Homemade Candle Tarts

Freshly baked vanilla cupcakes.  Pumpkin pie.  Tropical coconut.

Ask me my favorite scents and this is likely the list I would give.

I love smelly things.  Correction – I love when things smell good, pleasant, nice, and pleasing.  Air fresheners, plugins, room sprays, candles, even body products need to be scented.  That’s not saying that my home smells like a hodgepodge of mix matched scents because I gravitate to the same scents and they end up complementing each other versus clashing.

Men and women can differ widely in the scents that they find appealing so since my husband is much more sensitive to odors, I try and respect that in my candle choices.  Luckily, we have similar tastes in the scents that we like to use in making our home fragrant and welcoming.

My love of fragrant, long lasting candles contrasts with my desire to save money.  Yet sometimes it’s best to spend a little more and get what you want because of its higher quality and a more concentrated aroma.

But each time a candle reaches the end of it’s wick, I can’t help but notice how much of my candles are being wasted. So for the last couple of years I’ve been melting the wax and saving it until I find a good way to repurpose it.

Well I finally found a way.  While I still might spend too much on jar candles, at least I can find comfort in knowing I’ll be able to get as much out of them as possible.

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How to Make Your Own Homemade Candles – Candle Tarts

  1. Place candle jar into pot or pan of boiling water and allow wax to melt completely.
  2. Meanwhile, line muffin pan with silicon cupcake molds.
  3. Using a fork, remove remaining wick from melted wax and toss out.
  4. With proper hand protection, carefully pour melted wax half full into prepared molds.
  5. To create multiple scent combinations, fill mold with approximately 1/4 of one scent and allow to cool before adding the additional wax bringing the mold to the 1/2 way point.

These homemade candle tarts can be used in a tart burner or in a candle holder to fill your home with pleasing aromas.  These tiny tarts can really add up too as the cheapest I’ve found them is $0.98,  so you’re really ensuring you get the biggest bang for your buck by making your own!

Have you ever tried reusing your candle remnants into homemade candles?


  1. Oh how awesome. I actually buy a lot of these and never even thought to make them myself….but I am definitely going to try this!!

  2. That’s a great idea!!

  3. I have been thinking of making my own candles but I haven’t gotten around to it just yet.

  4. this is a great idea!! this happens to me all the time!


  5. Very cool, and I love the smell of baked goods and foods myself, totally yummy!

  6. I have such a candle obsession–it is probably unhealthy! You’re so right about how expensive they are and this is a great way to get the most out of them.

  7. Love this! What a great idea.

  8. This is such an awesome idea! Why didn’t I think of this? Thanks for sharing!

  9. You are positively brilliant! I never would have thought to do that.

  10. Love this idea!

  11. Oh my gosh, brilliant! You know how many candles I throw out when they have burned almost out but I know there is still some in there. Thanks for the idea!

  12. This is such a great idea. I’m always sad when my favorite candles get down to the bottom and the wick gives out before the wax is gone.

  13. That is so smart so reuse the left over candle wax! I am pretty sure I can do something like this!

  14. Great idea. I usually buy these.

  15. That’s a great idea! Totally making these next time my candles burn down to the end.

  16. This is a great idea!!!

  17. This is a great idea, my teenage daughters would love to do this!

  18. Great idea!! Would love to put this on the summer project list!

  19. What a great way to use the remnants and they’re really cute.

  20. That is so neat. Clever little you.

  21. Oooo my daughter and I were just saying when we move in June that we want to start looking into making our own candles and such. Must save this, have it pinned for later use!

  22. This is a genius idea! I always throw away my used candles but not anymore. I think they would be great to use in my scentsy :)

  23. cute idea :) I am a sucker for a Vanilla scent.

  24. Smart to use the silicon things. I once tried to clean wax off of something and didn’t think about the fact that I would end up with wax all over my “stuff”.

  25. What a great idea! I hate wasting stuff too.

  26. I just love the idea. I will definitely try to make it though.

  27. where do you buy the scents for cheap? Hobby stores are so expensive!

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