We love making scented candle tarts! They are easier to make than candles since they don’t have a wick. And they are great for gifts because you can make them in batches. We’ve included a label that you can print and put on your own tarts!
These candle tarts are included in our Homemade Candle Course on Curious.com! Follow the steps below or watch us make the candle step-by-step on Curious. It’s a great site for learning cool things so go check it out!
How To Make Scented Candle Tarts
Candle tart wax
Red candle dye
Cranberry vanilla liquid candle scent
Chisel and hammer
Candle making thermometer
White index card
1. Weighing The Wax: To do figure out how much wax you’ll need to melt, place the tart mold on the scale and zero it out. (Or write down the weight of the mold to subtract from the weight when filled.) Fill the mold with water and weigh it again. This is approximately how much wax you will need per tart. (We used individual molds, so we weighed one mold and multiplied by the number of molds we wanted to make.) Chop the wax into small chunks with the hammer, chisel, and cutting board. Weigh out the wax, then add 2-4 ounces more for spillage, shrinkage, and whatever sticks to the bowl. (We used about a half pound of wax for four tart molds.)
2. Melting The Wax and Adding Color & Scent: Melt the wax in a double boiler. Check the temperature so that it does not exceed 170°F to 180°F for plastic molds or 200°F to 210°F for metal molds. (Be safe! Never walk away from the wax.) Shave off a few carrot curls from the red candle dye block onto the index card using the potato peeler and add them to the wax. Stir with the chopstick. Drip a few drops of the wax onto the white index card to see how the color looks. Add more if you like. Add one teaspoon of the liquid candle scent for each half pound of wax. Stir the scent into the melted wax.
3. Pouring The Wax: Pour the wax into the molds. Fill all the way to the top.
4. Unmolding The Tarts: Let cool completely, then unmold. If the tarts do not release from the mold, refrigerate for 10 minutes then try again.
To use the tarts, melt them on a candle warmer to release the scent. Yum!
This is a great craft to make for gifts! We like to stack one of each leaf color in a cellophane bag. We tie a little piece of raffia around the top of the bag. It makes a very pretty handmade gift!
Here’s the label. Right-click to download.
Have you ever made candle tarts? Do you have any tips to share? Leave them in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you!
Jennifer & Kitty
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