DIY Candles - How to Make Beeswax Candles
by Colton Thomas
How to Easily Make Beeswax Candles
Candle Making Ingredients
- 1 lb 100% Beeswax (make sure you use real beeswax)
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
- ~10 Drops Essential Oils (Lemon, Lavender, Vanilla, etc.)
- 3 Cotton Wicks
- 3 Glass Jars (8oz) - Feel free to do one large jar (24oz) or smaller jars
Candle Making Supplies
- 2 Pots (1 large pot/kettle and one smaller one that fits into it. I have a dedicated pitcher for this with a spout that makes pouring wax easier but any will work. Using the double boil method this is how we will melt the wax)
- Stirring Utensil
- 3 Crayons/pencils/pens to hold wicks upright when cooling
Beeswax Candles Step by Step Instructions
1.) Melt the Beeswax and Add Coconut Oil
Put the 1 lb of beeswax into the smaller pot. This pot will melt the beeswax so you may want to use an old pot since beeswax can be hard to clean off. Fill the large pot with enough water to at least sit about 2 inches up the inner pot. You don't want the inner pot touching the bottom of the large pot with water. You can use something metal like a mason jar lid (pictured) to sit on the bottom of the water pot to have your wax pot sit on top of. Be sure it is stable! You don't want to spill flammable, hot wax.
Place on your stove top and turn it to medium high. The water will boil and heat the inner pot holding the wax. Turn the heat down to maintain a slow boil. This will prevent the wax from reaching its flashpoint and help prevent discoloration from burning. Once the wax has melted add the 1/2 cup Coconut Oil. Stir and melt the coconut oil until it is all mixed together and liquid.
2.) Prepare your Candle Jars
I used 8oz glass jars for my candles to experiment with different essential oils. If you don't want to experiment with different essential oils and want all candles the same you will want to add your essential oils to the wax pot now (about 10 drops or more). Stick the candle wicks in the center of the bottom of the jar. I had double sided adhesive tape with my wicks. If you don't have double sided tape on your wick then hot glue the wick to the jar.
3.) Pour your Beeswax
Quickly pour your melted beeswax/coconut oil concoction into the glass jars with the wicks. Fill to about 1/4" to 1/2" from the brim of the jar. Add about 3-4 drops of your preferred essential oils (I used different ones for each jar) to the jar and quickly stir in jar.
4.) Cool Your Candles
Use a crayon/pencil to wrap the wick taught around so that the wick stands straight as the wax cools. It cools fairly quickly but its best to let the candle sit for a day or two to fully settle. Trim the wick about a 1/4" to 1/2" above the hardened wax.
Enjoy! You now have All-Natural Beeswax Candles!
These are terrific gifts to give! They are great stocking stuffers, Mother's Day gifts, housewarming gifts and many other occasions. You can also make these candles with no coconut oil and do only beeswax.