How to Make Your Own Beeswax Tea Light Candles

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(This is a guest post from my friend Marissa of Becoming Kindred)

The scent of beeswax is so warm and comforting to me.

I enjoy using beeswax candles for that reason, but they are also a completely non-toxic, air cleaning, and renewable resource that I can purchase locally.

Beeswax is produced by the female worker bee for the honeycomb which contains the honey and all the baby bees that the Queen bee had. Did you know that in order to make one pound of beeswax , the worker bees eat around ten pounds of honey, fly 150,000 miles and retrieve nectar from something like 33 million blossoms? Amazing!

Anyways, enough fun facts (although if you are intrigued just do a search on apiaries) and onto making beeswax tea lights.

I started out using beeswax to make floating candles in walnut shells, then made hand dipped candles with a friend, and that turned to making birthday candles.

After that, I knew I had to try making tea lights and they worked out so beautifully and easily too! I will warn you though, candle making is a little addicting. There is something so peaceful about working with this gorgeous bit of creation and they really are quite simple to make. I love knowing that I can make inexpensively beautiful and healthy candles for my home.

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– Beeswax
– #4 Wick
– Hairpins
– Scissors
– small muffin tin (I use a 24 tin)
– Tin Can
– Newspaper

{How to}
1. Layer your area well with newspaper. Of course the idea is to avoid any spillage but this is essential because it makes cleanup a breeze.
2. Place your beeswax in a tin can and warm in the oven at 180 F. Don’t heat it higher than this because it will burn the wax. I usually place a piece of tinfoil under the can to make sure that no drips get in the oven.
3. Prep your muffin tin with wicks.
– Cut the wicks about 1 1/4 inch in length or just a bit longer than the height of your muffin tin.
– Thread each wick into a hair pin.1 IMG_0233
4. Once the wax has melted, dip each wick to the height you want the candle to be. Mine are about 3/4 inch thick. Straighten each wick as you dip it and lay the hair pin across each muffin cup, centering it. 1 IMG_0246
5. When you have the muffin tin prepped with the wicks, pour the wax into each cup. The beeswax hardens fast so it is important to work quickly and carefully. 1 IMG_0256
6. Allow the candles to cure by leaving them to harden for at least an hour. Remove the hair pin and they should quite easily pop out. Trim the wicks if needed.1 IMG_0286E

And now comes the next fun part! Light and enjoy these little beauties yourself or share them as happy little gifts.

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While learning to live a simple farming life in rural Nova Scotia, Marissa finds home where ever her beloved, Dan and three darling daughters are. She writes about her journey of life as a wife, mother, woman, novice farmer, homemaker, & Christ follower at www.becomingkindred.com.

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Comments

  1. Sonesta says

    This little tutorial is the BEST and easiest recipe for making beeswax tealight candles! Thank you so much! I love the idea of the hairpins! Brilliant! Reusable and something we usually have on hand anyway.
    A couple questions: 1. What type of wick do you use, i.e. size (pure cotton, I’m assuming)? 2. What temp do you set your oven at? 3. What size tin can did you use in this tutorial and how much beeswax? Thanks so much for sharing this!

  2. Nicole says

    Hello Marissa,

    Thanks for sharing!!! I have been looking for instructions for beeswax candles for a while, and yours were perfect!
    Excellent suggestion for the newspaper — it made clean-up a breeze.
    A 1lb block of beeswax took about 2 hours to melt in the oven, and made approx. 19 tea-lights and 2 medium votives.

    Thanks again,
    Nicole

  3. says

    two questions, when burning do they need to go in a small candle holder, since the tea lights are not in a plastic or metal container…also, do you know if these would work in something like a scentsy burn or tart warmer? and can you scent them with essential oil (so it was 3 questions ;-) )…

    • says

      Hi Maggie,
      I usually put mine on a little glass holder just so that the wax doesn’t melt onto the furniture. You don’t need to worry about them being a fire hazard any more than any other candle because the wax puts the wick out at the end.
      I use these in warm my essential oil scented wax in a scentsy type burner. They work well.
      I originally tried scenting my candles but I find that they lose their scent quickly, I don’t find burning them actually makes much of a scent and it is alot of EO’s for not a lot of scent so I starting making my own wax melters for my burner. Just beeswax and your choice of essential oils…lasts for days and you can always add some more drops of oil if you so choose. I sold them at our local market and they were very popular. I actually posted a little about it on my own blog here, http://becomingkindred.com/?offset=1387161003767.
      Hope that answers all of your questions!
      Marissa

      • says

        thanks, it does…I have a lot of scentsy warmers…and wax still, but I read how these actually purify the air a few weeks back and really wanted to try some to help hubby with his asthma…now to find a local bee keeper…

        • says

          Yes, beeswax is does have air cleansing properties and it’s also possible that that the scentsy wax could be causing irritation for his asthma…(I know that it did for me in the past)…so it’s definitely worth a try! There are some essential oils that are claimed to help asthma but you might want to just start with the beeswax, it has it’s own lovely scent anyways:).

  4. Sarah Kate says

    Hello Marissa,

    How long does it usually take to melt the beeswax in the oven? I teach at a school where we use bees wax candles everyday so this will be an economical way to bring light to our children!

    Warmest regards,

    Sarah Kate

    • says

      Hi Sarah Kate,
      I honestly can’t remember exactly and haven’t made any since getting stocked up in February but I think around fifteen minutes or so?
      I’m going to be making candles for market in the next couple of weeks so I’ll pay attention and edit the post with how long it takes then.

      Wonderful that you will be able to share them with the children that you teach!

    • says

      I usually get mine from a local beekeeper by the pound. I know that you can often find it at craft stores but I prefer to go directly to the beekeeper if you can find one in your area.

  5. jane G says

    So excited I have a chunck of bees wax left over from making my own lip balm. cant wait to try this. Another great gift idea from bees wax and natural. thank you

    • says

      Thanks for reading, Jane! Come back and let me know how it goes! (And I love that you make your own lip chap – that’s something I’ve always wanted to try!) :)

    • says

      And I’m planning to use my bits of beeswax left after I burn some of the candles for making lip balm and hand salve! I love multi purposing!:)

  6. says

    LOVE this!!!
    The ‘tin can in the oven’ is genious! I use beeswax for about 50% of my products and it takes soo long to melt it down in the double boilers. This is great! Can’t wait to make some this week!! I’ll be sharing this for sure :)

    • says

      Yes! The oven works really well! And my dear husband then came up with the idea of using pliers for pinching a spout for better pouring.
      Another thing that works very well for melting wax is an old crock pot. I have one just for that and it is great for keeping it melted and also for mixing up batches of salve etc in.

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