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