If you are a lover of nature and want the warm-soft glow in your room every night, you cannot ignore the candles. And to bring back the soothing feeling, you can add beeswax candles in your living room too.
We know the candles are costly. Did you check the price of Yankee candles? But if you want, you can make it at home! So, do you know how to make beeswax candles at home?
If you don’t know it, don’t worry! We are here to tell you the whole method of DIY beeswax candles. All you need to do is get the ingredients and go for it!
We have described the process in detail so that you have no worries understanding it! Jump right into the step by step process of making beeswax candles. Let us light the room up with the handmade candles.
- Filtered Beeswax: 1 lb.
- Coconut Oil: ½ cup
- Metal Pitcher: 1
- Skewers: Bamboo Skewers
- Half-pint Canning Jars: 3
- Cotton Braided Wicks: 6
- Large Pot: 1
Step by Step To Make Beeswax Candle
Step 1: Placing the Beeswax
While making a beeswax candle, the first work you have to do is positioning the beeswax.
Get the beeswax for candles from the market and get back to work.
You have to take the beeswax and place it in the pitcher. If you don’t have any pitchers, you can also use an empty coffee can here. Take 1 lb pure beeswax and put them inside the pitcher or the empty coffee can.
Step 2: Filling the Pitcher with Water
Now, you have your hands on the large pot. Take the large bowl and keep it before you. Then, move the pitcher that has the beeswax inside.
Insert the pitcher inside the large pot. After you have placed it inside, you have to take water. You will need to pour the water inside the pitcher.
You will need a decent amount of water for this process. Be careful while you are doing this. While pouring, keep your eyes on the pitcher always. You have to settle for enough water that the water gets out of the pitcher. However, you don’t want the water to spill into the coffee can or pitcher.
Keep in mind that you will need to boil the water. So, refrain from pouring too much water. When you boil it, there will be water bubbles.
If you pour too much water, the water bubbles will get out and fall into the pitcher. So, you need to be cautious about the amount of water and be watchful about it.
Step 3: Boil It
Now that you are done with filling the can with water, you have to boil it. People often raise the heat too high and expect it to work fast. But trust us, if you go for higher temperatures, the eventual result will be zero.
Give it a boil but be gentle. Gentle heat will work for it. All you need to do is help the beeswax melt. So, keep the heat tender and turn on until you get the beeswax melted.
Once they are melted, you will be ready for the next job. Remember that you check and recheck it if there is any beeswax not melting correctly.
Step 4: Cut the Wicks
It is always better to save your time. The beeswax will take time to get melted. Don’t waste your time sitting for the beeswax melting. Take the wicks on your hand and get back to work, my friend!
All you have to do is cut the wicks. You will need 4-5 pieces of wicks for the process. For the next step, you have to make the wicks ready. Cut them into 3-4 pieces. Make the pieces about 6 inches in length.
The small tip for you to make the work easy is to keep some additional wicks ready. Here, we are mentioning the method of making three candles.
So, you will need three pieces of wicks. However, double it if you want to avoid any unwanted accidents. Get some extra wicks ready and jump to the next step.
Step 5: Incorporating Coconut Oil
When you are done with the wicks, take a look at the beeswax. After rechecking that they are all melted, you have to switch off the heat.
After removing it from the heat, you have to take the container of coconut oil. Take a cup and measure the coconut oil. You will need ½ of the oil.
Now, pour the coconut oil inside the melted beeswax. Add the coconut oil gradually and stir it. Keep stirring to incorporate the oil in the melted wax.
While stirring, keep in mind that you have to use a bamboo skewer. Don’t use any metal spoon for this process. Let the coconut oil get melted inside the melted beeswax.
Step 6: Filling the Jars
Now, you are almost ready with the melted beeswax. Keep the jars before you. Here, we will take three jars for the process.
All you have to do is take each jar and pour the coconut oil mixed beeswax into the jars. Firstly, you have to pour a small amount in each jar. Don’t reach ½ inches above from the bottom of the jar.
Then, you have to take the pitcher and take it inside the hot water again. Here, you have to emphasize on keeping the wax liquid and not letting it get solid. So, get the coffee can inside the hot water pot once again.
Step 7: Placing the Wick
In the process of how to make beeswax candles, placing the wicks is the most challenging part. You have to move back and get your wicks now. It is time to put the wicks inside the jars of beeswax. Carefully position each wick in the center of each jar.
Some people are not good at placing this. So, it is always better to rely on a skewer to place it properly. All you need to do is take the skewer and push the wicks down. Hold the skewer there for some time and let it rest for a few minutes.
After that, take it out. Remember that you need to put the wicks inside the melted beeswax as soon as you can because if you are let, it will dry down.
Step 8: Let it Cool
Now that you have got the jars ready and the wicks are inside the jars, you have to give them some time.
When you make candles from beeswax, you need the melted wax to cold down and be perfect.
Let the beeswax cool for some minutes. Also, you have to ensure that the wax is holding the wick in the right place. Let It get solid. It will take 7-12 minutes to cool down properly.
Step 9: Secure the Wick
When the wax is almost cooled, you have to take the previously used bamboo skewer on your hands and work with the wicks. All you have to do is take the top end of the wicks and wrap them around the bamboo skewer.
Remember, you have to work with each wick at a time. Wrap every wick’s top end to a different skewer. You will know that the wrap is perfect when you see that the wick is taut with the bamboo skewer.
It will rest across the top of the glass jar. However, to ensure the protection, you can take the help of a tape. Cut a small piece of tape and then attach it to the wick and the skewer. It will refrain the wick ends from falling from the bamboo skewer.
Step 10: Filling the Jars Again
Now that the previous filing is reliable, you have to add the remaining wax inside it. First, take the jars before you and start pouring the hot melted wax inside it.
While pouring, be careful because you don’t want to hurt your hands with the hot wax. Also, don’t fill up the full jar. Pour the whole jar keeping one inch of space at the top of the jars.
Step 11: Repositioning the Wicks
After pouring all the jars, you have to leave them like this. Before you leave the jars, you have to go through the wicks again.
Do you remember the skewer holding the wicks? Yes, now you have to reposition it. Make sure all the wicks of the candles are in the center of the jars.
Step 12: Cooling it down
You are almost done creating the jars. All you have to do is take some time and let the beeswax cool down completely.
In this case, you cannot leave it for some minutes and expect it to get hard. You have to make it harder than before.
So, you have to emphasize on keeping it in this position for some hour. If you want it to be perfect, you can leave it this way for the whole night. In this way, it will be more reliable and stable.
Step 13: Trim the Wicks
Now, it is time to trim the wicks. Take a look at the wicks and, with a scissor, trim it down. You might want to cut it very short, but you should not do it.
All you have to do is trim about 0.5 inches. Always keep in mind that the shorter the wick, the smaller the flame.
If you don’t want the flame to be tiny, keep the wick a little long. When it makes it too short, the candles will tunnel.
Step 14: Re-Trim
Here, you have to light the candles with the help of a lighter. Always remember that the flame will not be too small or too big.
After lightening the candle, if the flame is flickering wildly, you need to re-trim it. Also, if there is any smoke around, you have to trim it again.
So, blow the candle out first. Then, with the same scissors, you have to trim the wick again. Never make it too short.
You can trim and re-trim it again if the wick is longer, but you cannot make it right if you cut it too short.
Step 15: Light it up
After you trim it to its perfect size, your candle is ready. Here, all you need it to light it up and enjoy it. However, as it is the first time lightening the candle after making it, you have to be patient.
Light it up and then keep it this way. For more than 2 hours, let the candle stay lightened up. In this method, the candle’s whole surface will be melted and ready for the next time, too!
And there you go!. Your candles from raw beeswax are ready! Lit up your room with a bunch of candles and have fun!
FAQs on Beeswax Candles
Why add coconut oil to beeswax candles?
You can use any sort of essential oils to beeswax candles. However, keep in mind that after melted beeswax, it does not hold any kind of fragrance of the oil.
So, it is always better to add some coconut oil to blend the beeswax when it is melted with heat.
We recommend you to use coconut oil because it will help the beeswax candles to burn consistently. As a result, there will be no tunneling.
Why are my beeswax candles cracking?
When the beeswax cools down, there are times that the beeswax candles can crack. This is very common. If you want to avoid the cracking, you have to take the melted beeswax into a container.
You have to mold the melted wax at 7-10 degrees over the melting point of the wax. Don’t let the beeswax stick to the sides of the container; otherwise, it will crack.
How can I add fragrance to the beeswax candles?
To spice up things in your bedroom and make the bedroom more lovely, you need to add fragrances.
As we have told you earlier, no oil will give any scent after the candle is cooled down. But if you still want to add some fragrance, you can take advantage of some strong fragrances.
Use lemongrass or peppermint. You can also use vetiver when you are adding coconut oil with the melted beeswax! In this way, there will be a beautiful scent all over the room!
Now that you know how to make beeswax candles, are you ready to make it on your own? Get some beeswax for candles from the market. Add some ingredients and put some effort. You can make the expensive candles on the market at a cheaper price!
Let us know how you DIY the beeswax channels. Try out methods and share with us in the comment box about your experience!