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Honey Bee On FlowerMaking Your Own Beeswax Candles

Beeswax candles are absolutely wonderful!  They provide a nice soft and warm glow and are complimented by the lovely scent of beeswax. They are quite simple to make and are fun project for the whole family to engage in.

Here are a couple of ways to make your own beeswax candles.

BeeswaxSheetCandle

#1 making candles using preformed beeswax sheets which can be purchased from beekeeping supply houses such as Dadant Beekeeping Supplies.

Supplies needed:

Some Beeswax sheets
Some primed wick
A sharp knife
A cutting board

Roll out the Beeswax sheet on your work surface.

  1. Cut a length of wick, approximately two inches longer than the width of your Beeswax sheet.
  2. Place the wick along the edge of the Beeswax sheet, and fold the sheet approximately 1/8 of an inch over the wick.  Be sure to press down on the sheet to make sure the wax completely surrounds the wick.
  3. Once the wick has been secured in the Beeswax sheet, it is time to start rolling.  Be very careful not to damage or disrupt the honeycomb pattern on the wax.  Roll the candle slowly, and be sure to keep it straight.
  4. Once you have reached the end of the sheet, gently press down on the exposed edge to ensure that your candle does not come apart.
  5. Pick which end you feel will make the best top and trim the wick down to approximately 1/2 inch.  Also remove the exposed wick completely from the other end.
You now have some wonderful Beeswax candles that will provide you with hours of warmth and light!  They make wonderful gifts, and your children will take great pride in having made them.  These candles will add comfort, elegance, and tradition to your home or work space. 

Beeswax candles have been used since the early 14th century, and they are still preferred by many due to their sweet, natural aroma.  Beeswax candles are long lasting and clean burning.  The American Lung Association has stated that burning paraffin candles can emit small amounts of toxins such as lead, benzene, and mercury into your home.

Hand Dipped Candles

#2. Another fun way is by dipping candle wick material into your own melted beeswax. Go to this web site for instructions and illustrations to show you how easy it is to make candles like these as they did in our Colonial days.

 

Updated January 13, 2016

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