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Make Recycled Scented Wax Tarts

19 October 2010 12,250 views 13 Comments

by heather

I'm still having fun with my skull molds. The funny thing is, I'm not that into scary decor (including skulls), but I am LOVING the multitude of crafting possibilities presented by a single silicone ice cube mold from the dollar store. Today I made scented wax tarts with the skull mold. You'll laugh when I tell you where I got the wax: I saved it from a wax-covered cheese! I deserve some kind of frugal crafting medal for this, don'tcha think? You can use scented wax tarts with those little heated potpourri pots.

If you don't have wax from a cheese (and really, who does?), remelt the wax from a burned-down candle, or use a new candle from the dollar store. You could also use crayons (specifically the cheap ones from the dollar store because they have less pigment than the brand-name crayons), but I'm not sure what crayons would do to a potpourri pot.

You can use fragrance oil from the dollar store for this project, but I used Passionfruit Rose scented flavor oil (also safe for lip balm) from Brambleberry.

wax tarts

Project Estimate:

  • Silicone ice cube mold, on hand or $1
  • Recycled wax from a cheese (or a dollar store candle, crayons, etc.), on hand or $1
  • Recycled can, washed, on hand
  • Saucepan and stove top, on hand
  • Stirring stick (skewer, popsicle stick, plastic spoon, etc.), on hand
  • Fragrance oil, $1

Total: $1 and up

Normally, I'm a wax microwaver (when I make lip balm or candles), which is quick and easy, and seems like less trouble. If you microwave, use a pourable glass measuring cup; microwave at half power for 30 second bursts, stirring between bursts.

Today, I put my wax in a recycled can, and put the can in a saucepan with some water in it -- otherwise known as a double boiler. Use a recycled can because then you don't have to deal with wax cleanup.

Heat the water at medium-high and stir the wax intermittently as it melts.

When the wax is fully melted, remove it from the heat (use tongs if you are using this method).  Add fragrance oil at this point -- for scented tarts, you will want to use a decent amount so that it is very scented. Mix well with your stirring stick.

wax tarts

Pour carefully into molds (see how careful I was??). Allow molds to cool. I put mine in the fridge for a few minutes.

Then, just pop them lightly out of the molds and stick them in your potpourri warmer.

If you enjoyed this project, don't forget to check out all the other things we've made with this exact same mold, and don't forget you can use these techniques with any silicone mold or ice cube tray:

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  • mer said:

    FYI 1. Dollar Tree Recalls Children’s Projector Flashlights Due to Fire and Burn Hazards, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11013.html

  • Julie Bagamary said:

    You are so clever…and frugal!! cute ideas.

  • Tabitha said:

    I thought this was so funny! My daughter saves the wax off her Babybell cheese and makes sculptures out of it all the time. I do believe that saving the wax IS the ultimate in upcycling!

  • Melissa K said:

    I also used this Skull mold for remelt crayons! I pulled the wrapper off a bunch of crayons and put them in the mold and melted them enough in the oven to fill in the mold! They came out pretty good (other than not spaying them with oil first~I’ll remember next time)

  • Jackie said:

    I did that with my Scentsy wax! I sell Scentsy (which is a wax warmer run by a lightbulb-no flame) and I did this to create samples to hand out to people. I love that little skull mold! I first used it to make skull chocolates! :)

  • Infarrantly Creative said:

    I saw those molds the other day at DT and thought of you. They would be fun crayon molds.

  • Rachel said:

    The skull mold is fabulous! Thanks so much, I’ll be linking.

  • n. said:

    due to the brown color (i thought cheese came in red. is that so old-school?) i was afraid it would be earwax. pretty glad it wasn’t.

  • heather (author) said:

    @n.: yeah, cheese comes in many different wax colors – ha ha! :) This was from smoked gouda.

  • Chelsea said:

    Ack! I’ve been trying to figure out ways to utilize my little skull ice tray from DT. It’s getting lonely sitting in the kitchen drawer, unused.

  • Deborah said:

    Looks like so much fun!!

  • HB said:

    Are the dollar tree molds safe to put in the oven? I want to make skull shaped crayons with the molds to pass out to the trick or treaters, but I’m afraid to try it and make a huge mess in my oven.

  • heather (author) said:

    @HB, no the molds are not oven safe. You’ll have to melt down the wax in a double boiler & then pour into the molds.