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 involve everyone in the family. Creating candles is one of the most popular ways to use beeswax. This project is perfect for decoration or but you can really use them too. Let’s learn how to make rolled beeswax candles.
Hand Rolled Beeswax Candles
This type of beeswax candle is made by rolling sheets of wax around a wick of the proper size. You can use them as candles but they do not burn as long as a solid poured candle.
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This is due to the fact that they don’t have as much wax to burn. But, they are very decorative and often made for their style and beauty more so than function.
Decorated with ribbon, lace, burlap etc, they are often used as stand alone gifts. And, they make a nice addition to any gift basket.
Beeswax Sheets for Rolling Candles
What kind of beeswax sheets must you buy to make them? 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 match your home décor or that of the someone special you plan to give them too.
However, even beeswax foundation intended for use in the hive will work if you choose the ones without wire.
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 crafts ideas, 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.
- sheets of beeswax
- proper size cotton wick – (for rolled tapers – 1/0 is most common)
- scissors or exacto knife
- hair dryer
DIY Rolled Beeswax Candles
Time needed: 30 minutes.
Easy step by step direction for using beeswax sheets to make rolled candles.
- Prepare Beeswax Craft Sheet
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.
- Gently Warm the Beeswax Sheet
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.
- 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.
- Rolling Up the Beeswax Candle Sheet
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.
- 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.
Using sheets of different colors and special cutting techniques, you can even make your own beeswax tree candles.
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.