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Contributor Post written by Kimberly from Turning it Home. Photos updated in December 2015.
Making products at home can be very gratifying, and beeswax candles are no exception to that. I recently discovered that burning beeswax candles can aid in cleaning the air. As a nesting pregnant woman on a mission to eliminate all things dirty, I knew I needed some in my life.
Candle making seems intimidating but isn’t actually all that difficult. You’ll need a container to hold your candle in, a candle wick, some beeswax, and a double broiler (or a glass bowl set on top of a saucepan) to melt the wax in. One thing I love about beeswax candles is the subtle pleasant scent they have. If you want to make a stronger scented candle, you’ll want to have some essential oil on hand.
Since I frequent thrift stores, I like to keep my eye out for things I can use for crafty purposes. I found these vintage Jell-O molds and knew they would make perfect candle containers. Virtually anything metal or glass can be turned into a candle container, so have fun with it!
Also, let’s talk about candle wicks. I attempted to make my own candle wick by using cotton twine dipped in wax and it failed miserably. Learn from my mistake and buy those nice pre-made candle wicks with the metal bottom. Apparently, beeswax candles do best with larger wicks.