How to Make Easy Beeswax Taper Candles

How to Make Beeswax Taper Candles

The easiest way to make beeswax taper candles. 

Course DIY
Keyword Beeswax Taper Candles
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 candles per beeswax sheet
Author Kristin Marr

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Cut a sheet of beeswax in half to make a standard-size taper candle. 

  2. Measure the wick "string" against a cut (halved) sheet of beeswax, making sure there's an additional 1" of wick at the very top of the candle. Use scissors to cut the wick. 

  3. Press the wick into the beeswax sheet. Remember, there should be about 1" of wick "overflowing" at the top. 

  4. Tightly fold the beeswax sheet over the wick to secure the wick in place, then continue rolling the sheet to make a candle. 

  5. Repeat the steps above to make multiple candles. One sheet of halved beeswax will make two candles. 

  6. Once rolled, the candle is ready to use. I use a mini glass jug from Crate and Barrel to display and burn my candles. My mom used a taper candle holder to display the candle we made her, and the candle fit perfectly. 

  7. Light and burn the candle as you would with any taper candle. The tighter the candle is rolled, the slower it will burn. 

Recipe Notes

*I've found that a kit (just beeswax sheets and wick) is the most affordable route. If you'd preferred to skip a kit, you'll need to purchase beeswax sheets (Amazon, or a local beekeeper or market) and cotton wicks. 

The beeswax sheets I've worked with have all been very pliable. If you happen to have sheets that are stiff, try using a blow dryer to warm up the sheets so they're easy to handle. I like to cover my table (or any surface being used) with craft paper, a brown paper bag, or some kind of cover to keep the beeswax from sticking to the surface.