Wax tablets have become extremely popular in recent months, as our close knit community of crafters share quick and easy tips to creating scented wax tablets. Wax tablets can be used for a variety of purposes including freshening your shelves, drawers and closets up. If you keep an attire of clothing away in a draw, wax tablets are particularly great for long-term storing of clothing made from wool and also cashmere. A fun fact for you, wax tablets were first used by the Romans instead of paper to write on!
- 150g of pillar soy wax (Kerasoy or Ecosoya)
- 150g of white beeswax
- 36g of fragrance oils – we used peony petals (note, over 12% fragrance oil, you may see some sweating appearing)
- Silicone moulds with holes
- Dried flowers (not sold by Cosy Owl)
- Hessian string (not sold by Cosy Owl)
Step 1: Prepare Your Designs
- arrange your dry flowers (you can use anything you like – this could be seashells too for examples) in the moulds so you have a definite design ahead of pouring the wax
- this is important as once the wax starts to set you’ll have little time to place your decorations in your tablets
- take pictures of your designs to remember how they look
- remove the flowers now and clean your moulds
Step 2: Measure Your Wax and Fragrance
- measure the wax & fragrance oil. 300g of wax + 36g of fragrance oil is enough for the 6 moulds. This will fill your moulds to about 1/3 to half (you don’t need to fill them to the top)
- you’ll need to do 50/50 between beeswax and soy wax, so 150g of soy and 150g of beeswax
Step 3: Melt the Wax
- create a double boiler with a pan and a jug – you’ll reach a temperature of about 170-180F (76.67 °C or 82.22 °C) to fully melt the beeswax which has a higher melting temperature than the soy wax
- leave the wax to cool down to about 160F (71.111°C)- If you go lower, the beeswax will start to congeal
Step 4: Pour the Wax in 1 Mould and Arrange the Flower Design
- pour the wax in one mould.
- place the jug of remaining wax back on the heat to prevent it from hardening- you may have to melt the wax again later on if this if this happens wait for the wax to start to congeal – you should see the edges of the mould look white, and the surface of the wax no longer liquid. This can happen very fast so be quick to react.
- using the photos you took, arrange the dried flowers on top of the wax as quickly as you can, as the wax will harden quickly. We used a pair of tweezers for this. You may need to push some of it into the wax gently if the wax is starting to harden too much.
Step 5: Repeat Step 4 for the Other Moulds
- repeat step 4 for the remaining wax and moulds.
- if the wax has solidified, melt it again
Step 6: Remove the Wax Tablets From the Moulds
- wait a few hours for the wax to harden in the moulds
- remove gently from the moulds
- add some hessian sting through the hole
- they are now ready to hang in your wardrobe, drawers etc…