How to Build a Candle Wax Melter

You can use a handmade wax melter to melt your beeswax.
You can use a handmade wax melter to melt your beeswax. (Image: Candle image by elmgrover from

Melted candle wax is used to make homemade tapers, container or molded candles, and is commonly melted in a double boiler. If you do not have access to a double boiler, you can make a candle wax melter out of materials that can be found around the house. You can use a homemade candle wax melter in a standard pot to melt both paraffin wax and beeswax, and you can store unused wax right in the container.

Things You'll Need

  • Coffee can
  • Drill
  • Coat hanger
  • Wire cutter
  • Pliers

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Drill four holes 1/4-inch below the rim of a large coffee can, placing two holes on either side of the can directly opposite from each other.

Cut out the flat bottom portion of two coat hangers using wire cutters. Discard the rest of the coat hangers.

Bend both coat hangers in half with pliers.

Insert the ends of one of the bent coat hangers into the holes on one side of the coffee can. Stick the ends about 2 inches into the can.

Bend the ends up and over the rim of the can using pliers so that the ends are touching the bent hanger.

Repeat the process with the other bent coat hanger. You can now place wax into the can, then place the can into a pot of water to melt the wax properly.


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