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Beeswax and Honey Candle Project

You can use almost any heat-safe container to make these Beeswax and Honey Candles. It's a great way to reuse old glass jars!
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Description

You can use food jars, Mason jars, or empty candle containers for this project. Just save any that look like the perfect size and give them a thorough wash. All you need from there is beeswaxwicks, and Pure Honey Fragrance Oil. The notes of honey, rose, and peach tea are the perfect complement to the natural smoky smell of beeswax. The wicks give the candles a rustic look and a comforting crackling sound as they burn.

Beeswax is a hard, dense wax that has a high melting point. It needs a large flame to create an even burn pool. We recommend making these candles in containers that have a diameter of about 3″ or less. In our tests, the wide wood wicks worked well for containers with a diameter of about 2.5″ and smaller. Other large wicks, like the Wu-250 Brown Cotton Candle Wicks or the Cd-20 Wicks, also work well. 

The amount of beeswax and fragrance you need for this project will depend on the size and quantity of your containers. To estimate how much you need, put your containers on a scale and fill them with water. Add up the total weight of the water – that will give you a rough estimate. Then, use the Fragrance Calculator to find out how much scent to use. We recommend using the strong recommendation so the fragrance fills the room.

The hardest part of this project is probably the cleanup. Beeswax can be a pain to clean off bowls, containers, and mixing utensils. If possible, have a bowl and mixing tool that’s just for wax. If that’s not an option, the easiest way to clean bowls is while the wax is still warm – wipe off as much as possible with a paper towel before washing it with very hot water and strong dish soap.

  • Skill Level: Beginner

  • Time to Complete: 1 hour

  • Kit Yields: Varies

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Yellow Beeswax - 1 lb
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Pure Honey Fragrance Oil - 4 oz
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Wide Wooden Wicks - 10 Wicks
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Beeswax and Honey Candle Project
You can use almost any heat-safe container to make these Beeswax and Honey Candles. It's a great way to reuse old glass jars!

Ingredients

Small Glass Containers
Yellow Beeswax
Pure Honey Fragrance Oil
Wide Wooden Wicks, Wu-250 Brown Cotton Candle Wicks, or Cd-20 Wicks

Instructions

NOTE: You can melt beeswax a few different ways – we recommend using a double boiler. It’s possible to melt it in the microwave, but because beeswax has a high melting point it takes a long time. The container needs to be very heat resistant so it won’t break.

PREPARE WICKS: Insert the wood wicks into the metal clip. Place the wick into the containers and cut it to fit your jar.

1 Set up your double boiler and bring the water to boil. Place the smaller container over the water.
2

Weigh how much beeswax you need to fill your containers. To estimate how much wax you need, put your containers on a scale and fill them with water. Add up the total weight of the water – that will give you a rough estimate of how much wax to melt.

pouring water into jar

3

Melt the wax slowly. Don’t allow it to exceed about 170° F, or it can start to lose its aroma.

slowly melt wax

 

4

Turn off the double boiler and remove the smaller container of wax. Add the Pure Honey Fragrance Oil and stir in thoroughly.

add fragrance oil to melted wax

5

Carefully pour the wax into each container. We transferred it to an Easy Pour Mixing and Measuring Container to help. Tip: Pouring the wax into the container with the wick already placed in the candle helps ensure you don’t pour too much and cover the top of the wick. Once the wax is poured, the wick can be centered.

pour wax into container

6

Allow the candles to fully cool and harden. If there are a few air bubbles or imperfections on the top of your candle, use a heat gun to carefully melt the wax and allow it to cool again. Note: We found the wood wicks eventually begin to burn slightly with a lot of high heat from the gun. 

7

Once the candles have fully cooled and hardened, light the wick and enjoy!

finished, burning candle

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Photographer: Amanda Kerzman

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