How to Make Beeswax Candles

I guess I am a maker in every sense of the word.  

Even when I know I can get something relatively inexpensively at the store, I still find so much satisfaction in learning how to make it myself at home.

Being a maker allows me to add my own creative spin on everything and enjoy the process of seeing pieces and ingredients become finished things.

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Sure, I can buy handmade dresses for my girls on Etsy, but adding an extra ruffle here, and little ties there, is such a rewarding experience for me.

Even though I can get a knitted hat for my baby boy at the Dollar Store, nothing can replace the love a mama puts into making it.

There is so much more value in a handmade piece. Love, care and creativity are behind every item.

I want to see my kids have the same love for creating that I do.  

I want to see them bake the bread, knit the hat, sew the dress and arrange the flowers.

Their homes will be richer for it.

This week I added something new to my handmade repertoire. 

how to make homemade beeswax candles

I had a hunk of beeswax, that my mom brought home, from a beekeeper that comes into their farm store.  Seeing it laying around made me think of candles.

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I had been wanting to pour my own for quite some time.  So, I finally had an excuse to try!

For my local beekeeper beeswax, I just put it in a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water with a little bit of coconut oil. Out of laziness I didn't even grate it down.  It did eventually melt and make a beautiful candle.

For my next go round, I bought these beeswax pellets on Amazon.  Until I can get more wax from the local beekeeper, this is the route I will go.

They were so easy to work with and inexpensive.

I added the one pound package of beeswax pellets and 1/2 cup coconut oil to my double broiler set up.

how to make beeswax candles

To be honest, there isn't a whole lot to this whole candle making.

It's basically; melt the wax, add the wick, pour it in.

I will get a little more detailed in the instructions to make it feel like I'm really teaching you something here, but there isn't a whole lot to it.

But, trust me, if you make these for gifts, your family and friends will be super impressed.  

I made vanilla one year for Christmas, and everyone was so surprised by my skills.  

I may do a post on it one day, but here is the process:  Add vanilla beans to vodka. 

Amazingly simple, and delicious results.

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I used hot glue to secure the wicks to the bottom of the jars, doing my best to center them as much as possible.  I bought these wicks on Amazon.

To keep the wicks centered, I wrapped them around skewers, that I laid on top of the jars.

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After the beeswax and coconut oil were fully melted, I added essential oils.  This step is totally optional.  

Beeswax smells delicious all on its own, but I wanted to experiment with some different scents.

I decided to make citrus candles, so I added five drops each of lemon, lime, wild orange and grapefruit.

how to make beeswax candles

Now, here is where it can get a little tricky, especially if you stop to take pictures for your blog. ;).

This stuff hardens VERY quickly, so don't take your time filling the jars.

If you do, just return the bowl to the double broiler.  

Since I had poured my wax in a measuring cup for easy pouring, the wax was sticking to the sides of it.  I just put the measuring cup in the oven for a few minutes on 350, and it was liquid again.

Due to blog picture taking, and kids underfoot, I had to return to the oven and double broiler several times during this process.

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It took the larger candles about 5-10 minutes to set up completely.

diy beeswax candles

Just to experiment, I added a few hunks of cocoa butter, to my next batch.

cocoa butter and beeswax candle

And, oh my word, what a heavenly scent of honey and chocolate!  

I can't decide which candles I like more.

That is what I love so much about DIY. You don't have to follow the instructions so rigidly.  Experiment and see where your creativity can take you.

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Next time I plan to add quite a bit more cocoa butter and lavender essential oil.  Doesn't that sound like a relaxing combination?!  Lavender and chocolate, oooooh, or orange and chocolate, or maybe a holiday candles with pine and cinnamon, or honey lemon, or .......

I can see I am going to have a lot of fun with this candle making business! :)

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What delicious combinations can you come up with?