How to Make Beeswax Candles

Well you’ve seen the “how to make beeswax candles” video…now, I will put what you’ve seen into words. Some folks learn best from seeing it happen; others prefer to have things in writing. You now have two options for learning how to make beeswax candles.

Making beeswax candles is probably to simplest and least inexpensive way to introduce yourself and/or your kids to candle making.  For rolled beeswax candles, you need only a sheet of beeswax and a wick. It is not necessary to melt wax, so is perfectly safe for young children.

Beeswax sheets are available in a variety of colors and can be purchased online or from your favorite craft shop for about $35 for 20 sheets.

We humans have been using beeswax to make candles for hundreds of years. Beeswax candles are clean burning and they give off a warm glow and a sweet, almost honey like aroma.

As you’ve seen in the video, you can make these candles in a variety of sizes and shapes depending on the number of sheets you use and how you cut them. A standard beeswax sheet is 16″ x 8″. So, you can make candles that are up to 16 inches in height.

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Beeswax Candles Supplies

For this project, you’ll need:

* beeswax sheets

* wicks; cut your wick to the length of the candle you are going to make…plus about 3/4 of an inch

* a large cutting board

* a ruler

* a sharp knife

Prime the Candle Wicks

Your candles will burn better if you prime the wicks…which simply means melting a few scraps of beeswax sheet and dipping in your wicks.

The wicks will bubble and sizzle. Stir them until they stop bubbling. It’ll take 1-2 minutes. Then, pull the wicks out and place them on a piece of wax paper. When they have cooled, you’re ready to make your candle.

Roll the Beeswax Candle

Lay the wick along one edge of the sheet of beeswax and press the wick gently into the wax. Gently roll the wax over the wick. Continue rolling the wax keeping it straight and fairly tightly rolled. When you get to the end of the sheet, press the last edge gently into the candle to hide the seem.

How to Make Beeswax Candles that are Unique

For a shorter candle, just cut a sheet in half lengthwise. For a skinnier candle, trim the sheet vertically. For a tapered candle, cut the sheet on a diagonal before you set the wick.

*For a full taper (top to bottom) cut diagonally from opposite end corners.

*For a “pencil top” taper (only the top is tapered) cut diagonally from even points further in towards the middle of the sheet.

how to make beeswax candles

Use one half of the sheet you have cut or lay two halves on top of each other to make a double taper…or even a triple taper with three pieces.

Be creative! Try cutting your sheets in ways to make your own unique designs. Use cookie cutters or cut out free-hand shapes to create your own candle shapes. Experiment and have fun as you’re learning how to make beeswax candles.

You can also use two different colors of wax sheets at the same time.

There are literally dozens of different options for rolling beeswax sheets to make candles. Different shapes, different sizes, different colors. But even with all of the options, many people prefer the natural color rolled without taper. Whatever you prefer, I hope you have fun learning how to make beeswax candles.

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