As the evenings get dark earlier and the days are more often gloomy and grey I find myself lighting candles more often. I love the way the cheery glow of a candle brightens up a room on a cloudy day. My favorite type of candles to burn are beeswax tapers. I buy big ones from a local apiary and Azure Standard. But I also enjoy making my own small hand-dipped beeswax candles. I especially feel good when I save all the drips and leftovers from other beeswax candles and make a new batch out of them!
Have you ever wondered how to make your own candles? I love learning skills and making my own things for my home! Here I will show you exactly how you can also make your own hand-dipped beeswax candles!
Making hand-dipped beeswax candles is not complicated but it is a bit of a time consuming proccess. But don’t fear! It is easy to fit in between other things as long as you have a day to spend at home.
There are just a few supplies you will need to get started; beeswax, cotton wick, a clean can, and a small saucpan.
I usually begin by placing my beeswax in a well cleaned out can and then placing the can into a small pot of water. I turn it on low to heat in the morning and just leave it for awhile. I often work on homeschooling the kids or other chores I might need to get done while the wax melts.
Later when the wax is melted I continue with the rest of the proccess.
Cut several pieces of wick to 15 inches long. It is more efficient to make several pairs of candles at once so you can keep up a continuous cycle of dipping.
Fold a piece wick in half. Holding it by the center dip the two ends as far as you can into the wax. Do the same with each wick. Once wicks have cooled straghten each half and separate them if they stuck together. Repeat this several more times.
Now you have the beginning of each pair of candles.
Continue dipping each set, allowing to cool and harden a bit between each dip. If you have a rack or something to hang them on this makes it easier.
Once the candles are beginning to get thick you will not need to straighten them each time. If the bottom of the candle begins collecting too much wax simply cut the excess of carefully.
If the wax in the can gets too low add a bit more and allow to melt before continuing.
Continue dipping until the candles reach the thickness you desire!
Now you have several pairs of beautiful, all natural beeswax candles to brighten your home or give as gifts!
Will you give this a try? Let me know in the comments! If you would rather not make your own candles I have some beautiful ones available in my shop that you can purchase!
Check out the video below to watch me make hand- dipped beeswax candle!