Beeswax Candle Making

Candle making has been on my bucket list for a while. I was always fascinated by it as a kid visiting colonial villages on school field trips. I loved the idea of dipping the strings in the wax over and over and watching the candle get fatter. And yet, my crafty self had yet to make them.

Web surfing one day I came upon this post. It all seemed so simple! I pretty much used the links in the post to order the necessary supplies. I was hoping to make them with my kids as they love candles, but keep buying smelly ones that turn my stomach.

One of my friends had a birthday last week and I just had to make her a candle. No waiting for the kids, I took a solo leap. It was so so so easy, I can't wait to make more!

I filled a large pot about 1/2 way and got the water to boiling. I used an clean pasta sauce jar out of the recycle bin for the wax melting.

I had these cute jars with metal clips on hand and have also gathered some used Mason Jars for future candle making too. Metal skewers were used to secure the wicks in place.
After the wax was entirely melted, I added some orange essential oil and poured it into the jars. Easy peasy.
 Let them cool and trim the wick.
I included the candle with a bottle of wine, a cute notepad (designed by a former student!) and of course a pretty Green Bag Lady bag to wrap it all in.
She loved it! Have you ventured into candle craft? Do tell! Teresa

P.S. The candles do not smell much like orange. They actually have a faint coconut smell from the coconut oil used in the recipe. Also, it takes about 1 cup of beeswax pastilles to make an 8 ounce candle, FYI.


Motherdragon's Musings said...

I, to,have been wanting to make candlez for many a year, but have been a little scared of the hot wax, but think I woll have a go one day. Yours looked so pretty.

Green Bag Lady Teresa said...

Don't be scared of the hot wax, it's so easy and fun and much better for your than non-beeswax candles!

Tami C said...

Yes, I have that on my list of crafts to do along with knitting. I finally found someone to teach me to crochet when we lived in Texas. I guess it's hard to teach a lefty!

Green Bag Lady Teresa said...

I think you should definitely try it Tami, maybe we can do them together! :)