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.
How to Make Your Own Homemade Candles – Candle Tarts
- Place candle jar into pot or pan of boiling water and allow wax to melt completely.
- Meanwhile, line muffin pan with silicon cupcake molds.
- Using a fork, remove remaining wick from melted wax and toss out.
- With proper hand protection, carefully pour melted wax half full into prepared molds.
- 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?