Everyone loves candles, and making your own beeswax candles is very simple to do. Learn how in this easy tutorial.
These candles are scented with natural essential oils. You can also use fragrance oils that are made specifically for candles if you choose.
This tutorial makes three, 8 ounce candles.
To Make the Beeswax Candles You will need:
- bamboo skewers
- 3 candle wicks (6 inches)
- 3 half-pint canning jars
- 1 lb beeswax
- ½ c coconut oil
- a metal pitcher (or clean, empty coffee can)
- a saucepan that is large enough to set the pitcher in (creating a double boiler)
- essential oils (Recommended: combine half lavender and half vanilla)
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How to Make the Candles
Prepare your jars by placing the wicks in the center of the jar. Many candle wicks come with small 2-sided sticky pads that adhere the wick to the bottom of the jar. If yours do not, you can use a dot from a hot glue gun to hold it in place.
Lay a bamboo skewer over the top of the jar and bend the wick over to keep it in place. You can wrap the wick around the skewer if you need to, or use a piece of tape to hold it in place.
Place the beeswax and coconut oil in the pitcher or coffee can.
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Put the pitcher in the saucepan and fill the pan with enough water to come up the outside of the pitcher without spilling into the pitcher. Heat the pan over medium heat until the water just begins to boil.
Keep the water at a gentle boil until all of the beeswax and oil have melted.
Once they have melted, add 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil(s) and stir it in with a bamboo skewer.
NOTE: You can make this with candle fragrance oils instead of essential oils. If you do, simply follow the quantity instructions for the oil that you use.
Carefully pour the melted wax into the jars, leaving about an inch of space at the top.
Reposition the skewer holding the wick if you need to, so that it is in the center of the jar.
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Let the jars cool completely, without disturbing the candles.
Once they have fully hardened, trim the wicks to about ½ inch.