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How to make a Beeswax Candle

There are very few things that bring charm to a home like a jar full of fresh flowers or the glow from a burning beeswax candle. Today, I’m going to share how to make DIY beeswax jar candles so that you can have the sweet smell and yummy glow in your own home.
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Yield: 3 8 ounce candles
Author: Liz Quick
Cost: $10

Equipment

  • double broiler
  • jars

Materials

  • 1 pound beeswax pellets
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons essential oil, optional
  • 3 8 ounce jars
  • 3-6 cotton wicks and wick stickers

Instructions

  • Attach wick sticker to the wick and place it in the bottom of your jar.
  • Melt wax and coconut oil in a double broiler or crock pot
  • Add essential oils (optional)
  • Pour wax into glass jars, making sure the wick stays centered

Notes

  • Use pellets instead of a brick– It is much quicker to use beeswax pellets, instead of a beeswax brick.  This makes the entire process easier.
  • Don’t omit Coconut Oil– The coconut oil helps the candle to burn consistently and to not tunnel, which is a common issue with beeswax candles, so don’t omit the coconut oil.
  • Avoid Sinking candles– Homemade candles tend to sink in the middle.  To avoid this, try pouring your wax after it cools a bit, but before it is too hard to pour easily.  This will allow the wax to “grab on to” the wick, thus eliminating the sinking.
  • Leftover Wax– Don’t throw away your leftover wax.  I have reheated and reused old candles.  Prepare a jar for a candle.  Heat up the burned candles/jar until they melt and pour the used wax in the clean jar. The wax might have some discoloration from being burned already, but the wax is still good and worth reusing! 
  • Keep wicks straight- Use a wick stabilizer or clothespin to keep the wick straight as the wax hardens.