Handmade beeswax candles are fantastic. First, they don’t contain all of the toxic ingredients you might find from typical candles sold at your local grocery store, which means they’re perfect for those of us who are sensitive to perfumes, paraffin, and other harmful ingredients. Second, making your own candles at home is usually a lot cheaper than buying them pre-made, especially if you reuse the unused beeswax from old candles. And third, you can customize your candles by leaving them as-is, or by adding essential oils for scented candles.
One of the main reasons I like making candles at home is because handmade candles make the perfect gift. So, with the holidays coming up, I’ve decided to whip up a big batch of beeswax candles to give to friends and family this year for Christmas. They’ll go really well with some of my other handmade gift items, and they’re super fun to package with pretty paper, twine, and personalized tags and labels.
Simple Beeswax Candles
• A medium saucepan
• 1 4-cup measuring glass
• Beeswax (in pellet or block form)
• Essential oils (optional)
• Small glass jars or candle molds, clean and dry
• Cotton candle wicks
• Skewers or chopsticks
1. Prepare all of your ingredients. If your beeswax is in block form, cut it into cubes for faster melting.
2. Pour water into your saucepan until it is 2 inches high, and place on the stove over medium heat.
3. Place beeswax cubes or pellets into 4-cup measuring glass. Then place measuring glass in saucepan until the beeswax has completely melted.
4. Once beeswax melts, carefully remove from saucepan, and place on the counter. Add 50-100 drops of essential oil, or until you are happy with the strength of the scent (optional).
5. While still in complete liquid form, pour the beeswax into your small jars, making sure to leave at least ½” headspace.
6. Place your one wick in each jar, centering it as best as possible. Use chopsticks or wooden skewers to hold the wicks in place until the wax has dried.
7. Once the wax has dried completely, snip the tops of your wicks to about 1” height.
8. Light wicks, and enjoy!
To package my handmade beeswax candles, I used cupcake toppers, twine, and personalized tags and labels in my new favorite style, Chalkboard.
More homemade gift ideas from Lindsay:
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