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Beeswax Candles DIY- Handmade Candles at Home

Hi, everyone. It’s Lisa from the blog FarmhouseOnBoone.com where I write about food from scratch, our handmade home and our simple farmhouse lifestyle here on Boone Street. And today I want to talk about an excellent Christmas gift that you can make yourself that’s super simple, or as a housewarming gift anytime of the year. And that is how to make homemade beeswax candles. I have a post on my blog about making beeswax candles that I posted quite a while ago. And I’ve had a lot of requests for a video on how to make them because I have them included in my Christmas gift basket idea that you can hand-make everything in the basket video. And I have a video on how to make the other components which is the sugar scrub, and the vanilla, but I’ve never made a video on how to make the beeswax candles. So I want to show you today just how simple that really is because it isn’t difficult at all. The supplies you’ll need, and I’m gonna link all of this in the description box below so that you can get your hands on them – but a lot of these are things you’ll already have around your house, you don’t actually need a lot. So the one thing you’re gonna have to buy is probably wicks unless you have wicks around your house. And some beeswax, which I like to buy them in these little pellets. And that is because they melt more easily. Coconut oil, which I don’t know about you, but this is always in my house so that’s not difficult. I like to add cocoa butter to mine so today I’m gonna make lavender cocoa smelling beeswax candles. But you can get creative and experiment around with this. So if you want a candle that’s more relaxing you might go for the lavender cocoa like me. You might do a beeswax and citrus. You might just do plain beeswax with no added scents. So today I am gonna use some lavender essential oil and cocoa butter to give mine the scent. But you don’t have to do that. The main things you need for this is a pound of beeswax and a half cup of oil. And so what you do, which is so simple, is you melt these ingredients in a double broiler. Which I don’t have a double broiler so I always put things in a glass bowl and then just set them on top of a boiling pot of water. So I’ll show you what I’m talking about. But I’m just gonna pour this in, and like I said, I’m gonna add cocoa butter to mine for extra good scent because I don’t know if you’ve ever tried cocoa butter, which we’ve used it to eat like to make chocolate and then also for making candles and for making body butters which are very nourishing for the skin – but it smells insanely good. It smells like a big ol’ chocolate bar so it smells delicious. Okay so I actually just dug this cocoa butter out of my pantry because I do use it to make chocolate. But you can use it for a lot of other applications. One of them is candle making. I also like to make a diaper cream for babies and a sunscreen. So I’ll probably get videos like that out when the baby comes for the diaper cream and probably closer to next summer for the sunscreen. But cocoa butter is so versatile. What I like about the ingredients in this is, if you’re gonna start making your own home products, you think, “Ugh I’ll have to buy all this stuff and then it’s just gonna sit up in my cabinet and I’m never gonna use it.” And then you have all this leftover stuff. By that point you might as well just have bought the candles. But the same basic ingredients, so like shea butter, coconut oil, cocoa butter and beeswax – they can be used to make lipbalm which I have a tutorial for on the blog, body butter, diaper cream, sunscreen, candles, so if you have those same four-ish basic ingredients, maybe some essential oils for scents, you really will use them all because you can use them for so many different things. So I have about a half cup of coconut oil here and I’m just gonna put it in with my beeswax. I’m telling you there’s no real science to this, I might add a little bit more. The recipe on my blog says half cup coconut oil, pound beeswax. But like I said, I like to experiment with things. I’m totally fine throwing some cocoa butter in here. Brought to a boil some water here to be my double broiler. I’m probably not gonna actually be able to take it off the stove to show you this whole thing because the water’s gonna get cold really quickly. But I’m just gonna sit it on my stove like this with the water boiling so probably on about medium so the water below, and this pot’s boiling, and I’m gonna stir it until this is all melted and incorporated together – all liquid. Because everything in this turns liquid when heated. Now you don’t want to put it straight in a pan because it could burn. But this way of doing the double broiler where the water below heats it doesn’t allow that to happen. While that is getting nice and melted I’m go over occasionally and stir it. I want to tell you about how we’re gonna attach the wicks. So the first time I made candles on my blog. I went out and bought a bunch of matching little jars and I made them all nice. But this time I just went around my kitchen and kind of scavenged what I could. I had this little Weck jar which just has these little things on the side. I think it’s a really cute little canning jar and I found that at World Market. I had this little canning style, flip top jar that I found at Home Goods with salt in it. And I needed the salt and then I figured, you know, this would make a really cute jar for like a homemade sugar scrub or a candle. So I’m gonna use that today to make a candle. Then I had another just random jar from my cabinet. So these will all make beautiful candles on their own. You could also use like a small antique crock or something you find at a thrift shop that looks like a neat little thing but you think, “What am I gonna do with that?” You could make a little candle with it or even a large candle with it. You could make a really big candle. Make maybe one for your coffee table that you put several wicks in. You could do that too. That is what is so fun about making things in your own home is you can personalize them and get creative. So you can make one that has a really invigorating scent, one that’s really relaxing, one in an antique jar. Anything you can think of, a Mason jar, just whatever your style is you can make a candle in it. And so that is what is so fun about making your own candles. So to attach the wick, is very simple, you’re just gonna take a little dab of hot glue and try to center it as much as possible. And then you’re just gonna put the wick right on the hot glue. I actually already have this one done from last time I made candles. I guess I didn’t have enough wax to complete this one. So its just got a wick in the middle here. You want to center it as much as possible but it’s okay if it’s a little off. And I’m gonna fill this one today if I have enough wax to make all this happen. So let me show you how I put the wicks on. Now the key to keeping the wicks straight while you’re pouring in your beeswax, cocoa butter and coconut oil is to use some kind of skewer to wrap the wick around. So I had skewers last time, I only have a couple left. So this time I improvised and used pencils which works just fine. And you just want to put it on top of your jar, wrap the wick around it, and then let it sit and try to get it straight while you’re pouring in your wax. On this next step I’m gonna have to work really, really quickly because the beeswax and the cocoa butter want to harden up pretty much instantly. Even as you’re pouring it. So what I like to do is keep one pouring type of measuring cup and I will put a little bit in it, pour it into the candles, and then a little bit’s gonna harden on it which I’m gonna just have to throw it into about a 200 degree oven to melt it again. So that way you don’t have too many dishes that are getting that hard beeswax on them. But you have to work quickly. So I’m gonna add about 10 drops of lavender essential oil and then I am going to rapidly pour these in. As I told you, it hardens really quickly. So this is what I’m left with after pouring all my candles. I’m left with this. Which is kind of a mess. So what I’m gonna do is put this in my oven on a low temperature. This is all gonna melt and then I’m gonna be able to pour the rest of it into my candles. Now after the wax hardens fully I’m going to trim the wick to about a half inch above the wax. And then that’s it. They’re done. So basically it was melt the wax, attach the wick, wrap the wick around something to keep it straight, and pour the wax in. Add essential oils if you want. That is all there is to this candle making thing. You can get creative with it, add different scents. Put it in different jars. It’s a really fun project and it’s so simple. Check out the blog FarmhouseOnBoone.com for more details on these ideas. It’ll all be linked in the description below along with the sources for the beeswax and the wicks. Thank you so much for watching. If this is your first time stopping by the farmhouse, please hit that subscribe button. I come on here at least once or twice a week to share with you food from scratch, a handmade home, and our simple farmhouse lifestyle here on Boone Street. Thank you so much for stopping by.

90 comments found

  1. I just love you darlin. I've taken in one of my daughters friends that is homeless( it's cold out the lord told me I had to do this) and I'm 56 . I think I told you before I'm single, work from home, have a mortgage, so there is not a lot of money for Christmas gifts. I feel so happy in my heart to have found you. Like I said we could be great friends!!!!! I'm going to try and make the girls some candles for Christmas, as I have essential oils and lots of coconut oil. I'll just need a few products. Again ,thank you for sharing darlin. 🙋🏻👏🏼👊🏼

  2. So awesome that you posted this as I got my beeswax and lemongrass oil yesterday and am planning to make candles for Christmas gifts! Thanks!!

  3. Awesome video!!!! I am making your gift baskets for my kid’s teachers for Christmas. Thank you so much for the inspiration!!! I love making homemade things!!!

  4. Lisa, there is not a video of yours that I do not absolutly LOVE,, Your super ~~ Want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your wonderful DIY, and every decorating tip and adore every little beautiful touch you add to your farmhome “ your family is beautiful, thank you again for your youtube channel and all you give of yourself… have a blessed day Beautiful Sweet lady….

  5. You didn't say what kind of coconut oil you used I love your videos thank you for all of your time I love your ideas 🙂

  6. Thank you for posting this! I'm sorry if I missed it… How much essential oil should I add for a nice smelling candle without using the cocoa butter?

  7. Hi! I love your channel and am planning on making these candles. About how many candles would this make? I know it would depend on the jar, but just am wondering how much I would need to make a large amount of candles for friends and family. Thank you!

  8. Hello Lisa, have you ever encountered a problem with a hole forming around the wicks as the candles cooled? My daughter made these yesterday and only one came out good. Most of them had a caved in hole down the center by their wicks.

  9. Have ordered all my ingredient's I have a grapefruit oil do you think that would be a good choice. By the way I have just subscribed to your channel I love it so far.

  10. I’ve been binge watching all your videos, I just can’t get enough!! I can’t wait to try to make these candles for myself!

  11. Have you shared your recipes for baby booty balm or any other baby recipes using similar ingredients? Id love to try them!

  12. Thank You very much… I am a candle burner and I spend so much on candles…I am going to give this a try and appreciate what is made naturally…May I ask a quick question? I have noticed in other videos,but what is the silver pot in the background next to your sink?

  13. If you were making PINT size Candles….what is your ratio of wax : essential oil? I made a few pint size candles for Christmas gifts and you could bearly smell the scents. Ugh. For Pint size I used 2 pints of raw soy wax chips for each 1 candle. I added in 6-10 drops of vanilla oil and you could barely smell it. Someone told me I'm probably closer to using 1 oz of oil/pint candle. That, as you can imagine, is going to be very costly. I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks! Sharon

  14. I want to make my own but people keep cautioning me with burning essential oils. Do you know which oils aren't good to burn? I'd love to try peppermint, grapefruit or anything citrus..

    Thank you for the video! I enjoyed it

  15. I learned the hard way only use things that can tolerate an oven or boil when working with beeswax.

    Things don’t always go to plan, and I used an untried lotion recipe that had waaaaaay too much wax to oils and distilled water and I could NOT get it out. I had used my food processor to mix it. 😭

    I normally use my metal stick blender.

    My food processor bowl got warped.
    Luckily it was less than $40, but we don’t have that to replace it yet.
    Lesson learned!

  16. Hey Lisa I have made your body butter and it turned out wonderful! I just recently tried the candles. They came out ok but I cant get them to smell very strong with the essential oils. Obviously I didn’t use enough but I’m not sure how much to use. The amount you used wasn’t in the recipe so I wasn’t sure how much you use and if too much can be harmful.

  17. What type of essential oils? I have Young Living oils. Was told to be careful with burning oils. Any advice? I get really bad headaches with fake store bought candles. Hence why I want to make my own

  18. Coco butter is so good for the skin and healing scars. Put it on the baby if they have diaper rash or if u get a burn while cooking put some coco butter on it. My mom used coco butter on us kids growing up like the guy in My big fat Greek wedding used Windex lol

  19. I have chemical sensitivities and have not been able to burn candles for years. However, this sounds like it might be non-toxic.
    I'll have to check out the ingredients. I do miss my candle light. Lovely gift for family and friends. Thanks, Lisa.

  20. Do you pay attention to the glass jars being heat proof? I’m always concerned about them breaking.

  21. How well do these burn? Everytime I make candles they burn to a certain point and then don't get hot enough to continue melting the wax. What am I doing wrong?

  22. Would you recommend the Berkey? My husband and I are thinking of making the investment, but wondering if a reverse osmosis system might be more convenient.

  23. Is the scent noticeable when you add the essential oils? I heard you can barely smell essential oil candles only fragrance oil candles..

  24. I first saw your video on YouTube… I love it and u r so nice… I just want to ask where from you buy beeswax in NZ bqz I can’t find in supermarkets😔

  25. Hi I love so much for your videos I tried to make the same candles like you but trust me it didn't work and I have a question do you know why or what happened I will send you pictures if you have time please thank you

  26. Do you pour the essential oils in the jar then pour the melted wax over it in the jar or in the pan while its melting then pour it all in at once?

  27. I have recently found your channel and recently recovering from cancer and would like to start implementing your lifestyle changes to my home for a healthier me. I would like to make these candles but before I purchase supplies I would like to know if they turn out white in color? They look yellow on the video do they whiten up after the cooling process?

  28. Hi Lisa, I love all your videos! You’ve inspired me to do so many diys. I made these candles, but I was wondering why the wax isn’t burning even? Did I I do something wrong?

  29. Great video, thanks for sharing.
    Rather than using hot glue you can just dip the wick base into some of the melted beeswax mixture and stick it down with that first. 🙂

  30. So you only use 10 drops for the whole batch? I'm curious how much you would use of other scents too, as your more recent video you said it takes "a lot" but you didn't specify.

  31. Hi! I watched your videos so many times because they have interesting and quality content that I am passionate about and which allows to develop my english comprehension, I understand almost all what you explain and I'm proud of it haha ( I'm French and sorry for the mistakes ) But I have a question, is the smell of cocoa is present when you light the candle? I would like to buy some of cocoa butter but I think it is a bit expensive and if the smell is not very present I will buy it in smaller quantities to make the diy of the lip balm that you have shared. I wait your answer to buy the necessary ingredients to make your diys. Thank you (: Have a nice week-end.

  32. Is the smell of cocoa butter is present when you light the candle please? I really love your recipes, thank you for sharing them.

  33. I love your videos. Having a crafting night tomorrow with my daughters and daughters in law and we’re doing these and two other crafts.
    And….just an FYI remark….it’s double boiler not broiler. 😁

  34. Can you remove the glue from the bottom of the container when you have used up the candle? Could you just use melted the wax mixture to attach the wick?

  35. Hi Lisa, I have a quick question and hope that you can answer soon as these are for Christmas gifts. I ordered the galvanized tins that you suggested and the bag of beeswax. The holders are bigger than I thought they would be and am wondering if the one bag of wax is enough for all 6 of the holders if I fill them about 3/4 full? I don't want to run out in the middle of making. Thank you!!!

  36. I so much enjoyed watching you make your candles. I really love scent candles and spend lots of money on them. So i told myself that i am going to google how to make my own… Thank you very much for this lovely video.

  37. I've read that burning essential is unsafe (they say it changes the chemical makeup of the oil and makes it unsafe to breathe). Have you read anything on this? I trust your judgement so I figured I'd ask ya if you've heard this. I've got a kitty with asthma and beeswax is supposed to be super good for clearing the ick from the air and even help with asthma symptoms so I've been super interested in making some candles of my own and even putting those beeswax pellets in my warmer.

    Thanks! 😀

  38. Cool video, thank You! 🙂
    Use it for the wick: https://www.amazon.co.uk/10pcs-Candle-Holder-Centering-Device/dp/B01N0Y5IBQ
    This will keep more wicks 😉

  39. I am having the kids in my class make candles for Mother’s Day! I need to know how much cocoa butter do you use?

  40. hello Farmhouse on Boone how are you? when you make candle making can you able to use Stoneware (canister), rubberwood (lid) and silicone (ring) is safe for candle making?

  41. I can really appreciate when people love cocoa butter, I’ve used it since I was a kid, my dad always made me and now that I’m older I’m so happy I did. My skin is super clear and beautiful. I use it on my kids now and so is theirs. And it smells wonderful! I’ve had people tell me they don’t like the smell but whenever I’m at work I save the day with my palmers or all natural cocoa butter I make from scratch. Awesome vid hun! ❤️ cocoa butter is the best!

  42. I want to go eco friendly / non harsh chemical route … and I’ve looked everywhere are food coloring gels bad for you to inhale?!??! I want to use them. I read crayons are bad. I don’t want all my candles white !!! Somone please help and if so which brand

  43. Awesome!! When do you recommend adding essential oil? Maybe right after the mixture is melted right before pouring into jars? Thanks!

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  45. Thanks a lot for this video. But I have a question: I used only beeswax and a few drops of essential oil for the wax. And now my candle, the wax, only melts in the middle, even in the thin jars. Is it because I just need to add coconut oil or butter? Any help will be appreciated.

  46. How do u choose the wick diameter according to the jar size ? I always have a problem with the candle not being able to burn all the way down.

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