Beeswax candles smell like honey and are a clean, healthy wax. They are a wonderful way to create a soothing ambiance in the home. We especially love them for a calming bedtime routine. A candle's gentle glow instinctually relaxes because it harkens back to ancestral times where fire meant warmth, protection, and life. Beeswax candles can easily be found for purchase, however, making candles is is surprisingly simple and can be a wonderful way to teach children about the process of candle making and the benefit of bees. Votive candles are the simplest candles to make.
- Beeswax (tip:purchase at local farmers markets for higher quality at less cost)
- Votive candle molds
- Wick holders
- Candle mold remover
- Beeswax cleaner
- Metal or glass pitcher for melting wax
They are made by spraying the mold with candle mold remover. This is like non-stick spray in cooking, it helps the cooled candles to easily come out of the molds.
Melt the wax by double boiling on medium heat. We used a pot filled half-way with water and set inside of it a metal pitcher to melt the wax in. Fill the pitcher with your desired amount of wax, allow the water in the pot to boil, when the wax is liquid you can pour it into your molds, but while you are waiting for the wax to melt begin step three.
Cut sections of candle wicks that are just long enough to just reach over the top of your mold and leave a little extra for tying a knot. Attach a wick holder at the end of your wick and secure with a knot. Place the wick and wick holder on the bottom center of your molds.
Once your wax has melted, pour it into your molds being careful to pour around the wick so that it remains perpendicular and straight.
Any remaining wax will need to be either left in your pitcher for storage or poured into a mold to harden in. We liked to use silicone muffin molds because they allowed us to have smaller portions of wax for later projects and they made it simple to remove the wax. If you aren't using your pitcher for storage or if you've used up all your wax, you'll want to clean the pitcher before the wax cools. We found paper towels did a great job at soaking up the thin layer of remaining wax. Just be careful not to burn yourself. Once you've got most of the wax off, you can use wax remover to clean the rest. Wax leaves a film on melting surfaces, the wax remover helps to take it off.
Once your wax has cooled, remove your candles from the molds.
Hand dipped taper candles, though time consuming, are fun to make too. These are made by taking a long section of candle wick and dipping two ends of the wick into melted wax. Once dipped the wax coated wick is removed and hung on a stick to cool. This process is repeated until the desired thickness of candle is achieved. We also used this process to make tiny birthday cake candles. It didn't take long and was very fun. These beautiful candles can add warmth to daily and seasonal family life.