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Home Made Beeswax Candles

Updated on November 27, 2013

How To Make Your Own Candles

In this lens, I am going to give you step-by-step instructions on how to easily create your very own homemade beeswax candles. Making your own candles is fun; it is also less expensive than buying them and you have a wide choice of colors to use leaving you room to be as creative as you want. Candles not only make beautiful additions to the home, but they're also great gifts for birthdays, holidays or anytime.

Thank you for reading my lens and I hope you find it helpful and enjoyable. Now, let's learn to make beeswax candles!

Making Homemade Beeswax Candles

The first thing you will need when making your own homemade candles will be the beeswax to make your candles with. Beeswax comes in a wide range of colors so you can make your candles in whatever color you desire. Where I live, there is a beekeeping supply store, which also carries homemade beeswax. It's relatively inexpensive, around 1.99 per sheet and the sheets are about one foot by one foot. Cutting the sheet in half gives you enough to make two 12" long taper candles or if you cut it in fours, you can make four three inch candles. You can buy beeswax by the sheet or in packs of 10 or 12. If you don't have a local store that you can visit to purchase supplies for making candles, you can find single or assorted beeswax sheets (and other forms of beeswax) on Amazon. See below.

The next thing you will need is a spool of wick or enough wick for the amount of candles you plan to make. Candle wick is sold in a variety of sizes from very small, medium to large as the size of wick is dependent on what size you're going to make your candles. I always use the medium size wick when I make beeswax candles. Below I have included some videos on choosing wick sizes and candlemaking.

What You Will Need

  • Parchment paper for rolling out the beeswax sheets.
  • A small knife or razor blade to slice the beeswax sheets to desired size.
  • At least one sheets of beeswax in desired color.
  • Medium sized wick.
  • Decorative paper to wrap your candle with if desired.
  • Pretty ribbon.if desired.

How To Select The Correct Wick Size

Steps To Creating Beeswax Candles

Now that you have gotten the needed supplies, it's time to begin making some beautiful homemade beeswax candles. Select a large enough place so you have enough surface area to lay your beeswax sheets on. I have found that the kitchen table works well because it gives you a large work area.

  1. Lay out a piece of parchment paper. This isn't absolutely necessary but it keeps the wax and the table clean.
  2. Put the sheet of beeswax down.
  3. With a small knife, cut the beeswax sheet in the desired amount of pieces (two or four). Take one piece and set the remaining pieces aside.
  4. Take out your wick and measure out the appropriate size. It should be just a little longer than the candle itself. If it's too long, you can always cut it down later whereas if it's too short, it won't work. Lay the wick onto the candle about a quarter of an inch away from the side you're going to roll the candle from. As you're placing the wick in, fold the quarter inch of beeswax near the edge over the wax to hold it place. Do that all the way to the end. See the video which I have included below.
  5. Now that the wick is in place, take both of your hands and gently roll the whole wax in the same direction as you had inserted the wick. Keep rolling being sure to keep the wax tight and even so it rolls into the shape of a taper candle.
  6. Once you get done rolling and it has transformed into a lovely candle, gently rub the edge so that it sticks. What has worked for me was to slightly heat the edge and softly rub it along that edge and it will kind of melt together to hold. Once you have done that, you can wrap it with decorative paper and tie a pretty ribbon around it. That will help keep it in its shape.

    Wa-la, you have made your own homemade beeswax candle(s).

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      6 years ago

      I like DIY projects, congrats !


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