How To Make Candle Warmer Bars And Pods

I have 4 candle warmers that I love to keep on throughout the day. A couple of them use candle warmer bars and the other two use candle warmer pods. It gets expensive to buy candle warmer bars and pods from two different companies; not only do I have to pay for them, I also have to pay additional shipping. So I decided to figure out how to make candle warmer bars and pods on my own.


Not only is buying candle warmer bars and pods expensive, I hate that I don’t know what they smell like because while I can order them online, I can’t smell them online. Technology is so lacking sometimes! But if I make candle bars and pods myself, I can choose any scent from any candle company and I can buy them anywhere. I figured it was worth trying.

So I went and bought a candle – one that I knew I’d like – and decided to try it out. Here’s what I did…

How To Make Candle Warmer Bars and Pods


**Try this at your own risk! I am not responsible for any injuries or damaged caused.

This worked for me…I was extremely careful and you should be, too!**

1. Clean out any empty candle warmer bar and pod containers you have. Here’s a great tutorial on how to remove residual candle wax from candle jars that you can also use to clean bars and pods.

2. Find a new candle (in a glass container) with a scent that you love to use to make candle warmer bars and pods refills.

3. Start a double boiler on the stove.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, no worries! Simply fill a big pot with water, and set a smaller pot inside of it. The water should come about half way up the sides of the smaller pot. Heat the water on the stove to just boiling. Put the candle inside the smaller pot. Let it continue to gently boil.

Let the water continue to boil until it melts the entire candle. It will take awhile. It took my candle about an hour.

4. Once the candle is completely melted, use a pot holder to remove it from the pot. It may be extremely hot. Be very careful!

Pour the hot candle wax into your empty bars and pods. I suggest setting the bars and pods on wax paper or something to catch any wax that may spill. That way, you can pick up the hardened wax and put it back into the melted wax – you won’t waste any!

Let the wax harden again completely before you use your bars and pods on your candle warmer.

5. Use as you regularly would use and enjoy!

Congrats! Now you can make candle warmer and pods on your own with any candles that you want!

I’ve been using my homemade candle bars and pods for over a week and they work just as well as the ones I’ve been buying. The scent is just as strong and they are lasting just as long.

Also? It’s much cheaper.

I paid $11 for a 14.5 ounce candle.

A 3.2 ounce bar costs me $5.

A 2.4 ounce pod costs me $5.98

I can make 3 bars and 2 pods for $11! It would normally cost me $29.96 plus shipping and handling….it’s definitely worth it to make candle warmer bars and pods! That’s a savings of more than $18.

Have you tried to make candle warmer bars or pods before? What tips can you share?


  1. Hey Natalie, I have never made pods, though my hubby just breaks up the bottom part of jar candles and puts them in the top of a melting pot and it works just fine (it's ghetto, but it works). I think you can also by molds for these things at Michaels. Or you can use silicon icecube trays to make small wax balls you can use in either melter. I've made candles (I have 3 sizes of molds), but haven't ever done this. LOVE the idea!! AJ Collins recently posted..Dear Mom who feels like she is failing - Pour Your Heart OutMy Profile
    • Oh, I'm totally ghetto here too! I do the same thing with the bottom of candles...they are too expensive to toss, especially with the scents I love. Gonna check out Michael's for molds...thanks for the tip ;)
    • I set the candles with remnants on the bottom on our stove so they warm up and release scent when we use the oven. So I guess we're ghetto over here, too! Jenn recently posted..Becoming the Pack LeaderMy Profile
  2. DUDE!! You're a genius. I don't know why I've never thought to do this. Well, I do. Because I'm pretty much a craft failure. In fact, I'm a self titled craft failure master in training. So unless someone gives me easy step-by-step instructions, it won't happen. Great post!! I will be doing this. laura recently posted..friendship: no longer pouring into invisible glassesMy Profile
  3. You are so crafty! I love this idea. Thanks for sharing! Jenn recently posted..Becoming the Pack LeaderMy Profile
  4. I've never tried making my own before. Thanks! Jessica recently posted..Pucker Up, Buttercup. It’s been 21 days.My Profile
  5. Hey, Awesome post Natalie. Thanks for sharing such a valuable idea for making Candle Warmer Bars and Pods. It's very useful post for those who wanna make such a things by themselves. Thanks once again.
  6. fantastic put up, very informative. I wonder why the other experts of this sector don't realize this. You should contiinue your writing. I'm confident, you've a great readers' base already! candle shoppe recently posted..candle shoppeMy Profile