Using beeswax to make candles is a favorite activity of many crafters. This natural wax comes from honey bees and can be used for many different home projects. It can also be mixed with other types of oils to create a special candle blend. These instructions for a simple DIY Beeswax Candle project will help you begin your journey into crafting with beeswax.
How to Make a DIY Beeswax Candle Jar Craft
Known for their long burn time, pure beeswax candles are virtually dripless when used in a draft free location. Buying pure candles can be rather expensive. However, you can make your own.
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There are many ways to make beeswax candles. Don’t be afraid to try the different methods and learn which one you like best. This project simply involves melting and pouring.
If pure candles are so great, why would anyone want to mix in other waxes or oils? The reason is that beeswax burns clean but also hotter than some types of candles.
Especially when creating a container candle – the mix of coconut oil promotes a cooler burn temperature. Coconut oil is a favorite blend but some people use soy wax too.
- coconut oil
Beeswax: Raw unbleached beeswax makes the cleanest burning candles. You can purchase beeswax online or buy from a local source. If you are a beekeeper, you probably have some wax left over from the honey harvest.
No matter the source. You must have clean wax or your candles will not burn well. Clean your beeswax before starting this project if you have any doubt.
Coconut Oil: Sometimes you can find coconut oil at the local grocery and save on shipping costs. However, it can be purchased online too.
Candle Wicks: Beeswax candles do not burn exactly like other types. They require a larger wick size. Even with the mix of coconut oil in the blend – I prefer to use the size 2/0 for jar sized beeswax candles.
Containers: This tutorial uses a small metal clip and hinge jar- I found some at Hobby Lobby. You can also use small canning jars. They are homey looking and readily available.
My jars hold about 6-7 ounces of the beeswax candle recipe each. You will need to adjust your recipe to fit the size of jar you choose to use. Don’t panic – you can remelt and reuse the mix if you have too much or not enough.
DIY Beeswax Candle Tutorial
- small glass jars
- wax pouring pot (or equivalent)
- Melt beeswax in a double boiler pot (or equivalent insert). It is always a good idea to have a pot dedicated to wax crafting.Using the double boiler method involved having water in the bottom pot with wax in the top. This makes melting beeswax much easier and safer.
- Once the beeswax is completely melted – add in the measured amount of coconut oil and stir.
- When making candles, I prefer to "pickle the wick". Prior to setting in the jar, I dunk the wick into the melting beeswax.
- Remove wick and stretch to a straight shape – let cool a minute or so. This makes it much easier to work with.
- Prepare your wick by wrapping one end around a wooden skewer or craft stick. The wick should hang down into the bottom of the jar – center it in the middle as much as possible.
- Remove the melted wax from heat and add the desired essential oil. About 50-100 drops . Lighter fragrances may require more for a stronger scent. This involves a bit of personal preference.
- Slowly pour wax into your prepared containers. Keep the wick centered as well as you can. If possible, the container should be on a counter space where they can be left undisturbed for a couple of hours to cool. Leave a bit of head space at the top of the container.
- Once candle is cool, trim with to 1/4".
- I recommend warming the glass jars prior to setting the wicks.
- Once the wax is poured into the jar – leave is sitting still until the surface has cooled.
When using your candle, it is always best to let it burn for a little while. Staying lit long enough for the top of the candle to create a nice pool of wax results in a better burning candle.
Don’t waste any of your wax, it is precious stuff. Honey bees make wax after consuming large amounts of food. The colony requires a lot of resources to be good wax producers. This is why beeswax can be rather costly.
Beeswax Candles Make Great Gifts
Once your candle project is completed, you may want to share them with a few friends for special occasions. If you gift them, be sure to tell the recipient that they are receiving a special handmade product.
Save any wax you have left over, it lasts forever. Beeswax has many other practical uses – its good to keep some on hand.
If this candle craft has “lit a creative urge” in your soul, try some of the other beeswax crafts. Homemade lip balm is an inexpensive and fun diy project.
Also, beeswax body butter is sure to help everyone get through the dry skin months of the year.