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DIY Candy Cane Wax Melts

These fun and easy candy cane wax melts are perfect for Christmas!

DIY Candy Cane Wax Melts round wax melts with bits of candy cane in them on a wood background

How to Make Candy Cane Wax Melts

I’m using soy wax for this project because it’s my favorite go-to wax for both candles and wax melts. You can also use paraffin, but the wax will be a bit more translucent. Here’s a tutorial for paraffin wax melts:

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collage of materials and ingredients for DIY candy cane scented wax melts

A. Soy Wax Flakes (this is my favorite brand from Amazon)

B. Candy Canes

C. Peppermint Fragrance Oil (I’m using Peppermint Swirl from Nature’s Oil)

D. Glass Measuring Cup or Microwave-safe Bowl

E. Silicone Candy Mold (I’m using this one from Amazon)

F. Digital Meat Thermometer

G. Eye Dropper


1. Measure the Wax

Start with four cups of soy wax in a glass measuring cup or microwave-safe bowl. This will melt down to approximately 2 cups.

close-up of glass measuring cup of soy wax flakes

2. Melt the Wax

Melt the wax in the microwave, starting with two one-minute intervals, and then going down to 30-second intervals. Stir the wax with a fork each time you take it out of the microwave.

soy wax being melted in a glass measuring cup
melted soy wax in a glass measuring cup

Once the wax is liquid, use a meat thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature. The target is between 170 and 180 degrees.

digitial thermometer in a container of melted wax that reads 170 degrees

3. Add Peppermint Fragrance Oil

Once you’ve reached your target temperature, add 1 1/2 Tablespoons of peppermint fragrance oil and stir until it’s no longer cloudy.

4. Fill Molds 3/4 of the Way

Use an eye dropper to fill the molds most of the way, leaving just a little room at the top of each cavity. Be sure to leave enough wax to fill them the rest of the way later.

silicone candy mold next to a bowl of melted wax with an eye dropper in it
eye dropper filling the cavities of a silicone wax mold with hot wax to make wax melts

5. Let it Cool

Let it cool completely. This will probably take an hour or so.

silicone candy mold with cooled wax in it

6. Crush Candy Canes

While the wax is cooling, unwrap several candy canes and put them inside a Ziplock bag.

candy canes on a wood background

Use something heavy to crush them into small pieces. I used a rolling pin.

Ziplock bag of crushed candy canes

7. Fill Molds to the Top

Re-heat the wax in microwave, warming it just enough to melt it. Use the eye dropper to fill the cavities the rest of the way to the top.

close-up of wax melt mold with hot wax

8. Sprinkle Candy Cane Pieces

Sprinkle the bits of candy cane into the hot wax. The larger pieces tend to look better in the melts than the powder.

hand sprinkling bits of candy cane into a wax melts
candy cane wax melts being made

9. Let Them Cool

cooled candy cane scented wax melts in a silicone mold

10. Remove Melts from Mold

Carefully pop each wax melt out of the mold with your fingers. They should come out easily.

wax melts being removed from a silicone candy mold
candy cane wax melts on a table top
white peppermint scented wax melts with bits of candy cane on a wood background

How to Enjoy Your Wax Melts

These wax melts are on the smaller side, so I would place about four of them into the cup of a wax warmer at a time. I like to use these paper wax melt liners to prevent a mess in the melting cup. I always include a few of these liners when I give wax melts as a gift too.

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