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.
- 1 pound beeswax 1 pound of wax will equal about 20 melted ounces
- wicks with a metal base
- candle container
- 15-20 drops essential oil the amount of essential oil(s) used will depend on the size of the candle and the scent desired., optional
- double broiler or a glass bowl set over a pot of water
- skewer pencil, or clothespin
- Begin by melting your beeswax in a double boiler over medium heat. If you don't have a double boiler, you can use a large glass or metal bowl set over a pot of boiling water.
- Once the beeswax is melted, dip the metal base of the candle wick into the wax and set it into the candle container. Roll the excess wick around a wooden skewer or pencil and set it on top of the container. Alternatively, you can use a clothespin. This will help the wick to stay in place while you pour the wax.
- If you would like to add essential oils, add the desire amount to the melted beeswax before pouring it into the container.
- Slowly and carefully pour the wax into the container.
- Allow the candle to cool completely. Once set, trim the wick to 1-inch above the wax.