Beeswax candles have been crafted by candlemakers for centuries. Churches, castles, and homes have all been the hosts to these softly lit, comforting candles. It is easy enough to purchase your own beeswax candles, but they can also make for a fun DIY project. Read on to learn how to make your own beeswax candles in the comfort of your own home.
The supplies for this project are as follows:
- ½ pound of raw beeswax or beeswax pellets
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- Wick stickers
- Cotton candle wicks
- 4-ounce ceramic or glass jars for the candles
- Big glass jar
- Bamboo skewers
Melt the Beeswax
First, you should put the beeswax into the large glass jar. Then, fill a big pot with just enough water so that it will be higher than the height of the beeswax but will not spill over when the water starts to boil. Put the jar in the pot and heat it until it comes to a gentle boil. The water’s heat will melt the beeswax. Stir it with a bamboo skewer every few minutes.
Prepare Candle Jars
As the wax melts, you can begin the preparation for the candle jars. First, you should apply a wick sticker to your wick’s bottom. Stick it to the jar bottom’s exact center. Coil the wick around a skewer that is placed across the mouth of the jar. This will keep the wick in a standing position.
Pour in the Coconut Oil
The next step in these instructions on how to make your own beeswax candles involves coconut oil. As soon as the wax has melted, you should eliminate the heat and pour the coconut oil into the wax. Stir to combine. The coconut oil will give the candle a more consistent burn, but you are welcome to attempt making a 100 percent beeswax candle instead.
Completing the Process
Once you have combined the oil and wax, pour them into the candle containers. Allow them to sit for two days before using the candle. Finally, cut the wicks to a ½ inch long. You are now ready to use your new candle!