How to Make Rolled Beeswax Candles
Handmade rolled beeswax candles look so elegant and expensive. However, they are actually very easy to make. This is a great beeswax project that can involved everyone in the family. Creating candles is one of the most popular beeswax uses. You can make candles in several different ways.
This type of beeswax candle is made by rolling sheets of wax around a wick of the proper size. They do not burn as long as a solid poured candle.
However they can be decorated with ribbon, lace, burlap etc and make a nice addition to any gift basket.
Beeswax Sheets for Rolling Candles
You can purchase special beeswax sheets intended for making hand rolled candles. The process will go smoother if you use them because they are a bit thicker than other beeswax sheets.
Also, they come in so many pretty colors that it is easy to make your home décor or the someone special you plan to give them too.
This simple project will go smoother if you assemble the needed tools and materials prior to starting. But, isn’t that true for any type of craft?
Compared with many projects, this is not a messy project. However, if you are working with kids or messy adults – consider spreading a drop cloth under the table.
Tiny bits of beeswax will end up on the floor. They can be easily swept up if no one steps on them first.
DIY Rolled Beeswax Candle Material List
- sheets of beeswax
- proper size cotton wick – (for rolled tapers – 1/0 is most common)
- scissors or exacto knife
- hair dryer
Step 1: Prepare the Sheet of Beeswax
Choose the beeswax sheet you want to use for your first candle. Wax sheets available in a rolled candle making kit or purchased for making rolled candles- will be approximately 8″ by 16″.
This large sheet is commonly cut in half to allow 2 candles to be made from each sheet of beeswax. Using a ruler will help you to make a straight cut.
How warm is it in your crafting area? In cold temperatures, beeswax sheets can be brittle and difficult to cut without breaking.
If your beeswax is not warm, a quick blast with a hairdryer will make it more pliable. You only need a couple of seconds.
Just a really quick blast !! We don’t want to melt the wax. If the sheets are stored in a warm location, the hair dryer will not be necessary.
Don’t heat your beeswax sheet if it is pliable and easy to work with.
Step 2: Prepare Your Candle Wick
Cut a piece of candle wick that is about 1 – 1 1/2″ wider than your wax sheet.
Align it flush on one end (this will be the candle bottom) and protruding on the other end. This will be the part you light when the candle is finished.
Step 3: Hand Rolling Up the Beeswax Candle
Rolled beeswax candles are rolled up firmly but not too tight. The exception is starting the wick. For this step, fold about 1/8″ of wax over the wick.
This will tightly encase the wick in the sheet of wax. Pay special attention to getting an even roll started.
Step 4: Sealing the Seam
Once the complete beeswax sheet is wrapped up, there will be a loose seam. Hold the candle gently in your hand.
The warmth from your hand should soften the loose seam and adhere it to the candle.
If the weather is cool and you have trouble, another quick blast from the hair dryer will seal that seam.
Rolled Beeswax Candles in Different Sizes
You can make more than just tapers with beeswax sheets. Cut the sheet in various widths to make votives, short pillars and more.
There is no limit to the variations – let your imagination run wild and create a special one-of-a-kind candle.
Can You Use Regular Beeswax Foundation Sheets?
Beekeepers often ask if they can use regular beeswax foundation to create rolled beeswax candles. The answer is yes.
But keep in mind that the beeswax sheets intended for the hive may not be of the same thickness as craft sheets. It may be a bit more difficult to properly roll the sheets.
Final Thoughts on Making Hand Rolled Beeswax Candles
Decorate your rolled beeswax candles in any way that you wish. Store them in a cool dark place until you are ready to use them. They make great gifts but can be damaged easily. Pack them with care.
You can also make beeswax candles with molds. Poured beeswax candles are more expensive to make but have a longer burn time.
Making hand dipped beeswax candles involves a bit more effort but it is something to consider if you want to take the next step in working with beeswax.
For an extra elegant gift or craft, make beeswax candles with dried flowers and added essential oils if desired.