Handmade Holiday Gift Idea: DIY Beeswax Candles (Two Ways)

Published on December 9th, 2011 | by

DIY Beeswax Candles

There’s nothing guaranteed to soften the mood in any room like a candle. Candles are a wonderful way to release a wonderful scent or enhance relaxation.

Many conventional paraffin candles and air fresheners utilize artificial and chemical-based ingredients, which actually pollute your air instead of making it more pleasant to breathe.

Candles made from beeswax instead of paraffin is a great gift idea, especially for loved ones who are sensitive to perfumes and fragrances, or have allergies. Beeswax candles also produce very little soot and burn much longer than traditional candles.

We found these handy tutorials to guide you through the process of making two different styles of beeswax candles. Be sure to let us know how they turn out!

1. Beeswax Candles In A Jar

Beeswax Candle in a Jar

The first tutorial comes to us from Kanelstrand.com. All you’ll need is some beeswax pellets (available from Amazon and other online retailers for about $7/lb), cotton or hemp wick, wick tabs, glass jars of various shapes and sizes, super glue, and pliers. Once the candle is formed, decorate the jar to make a unique gift!

2. Rolled Beeswax Candles

If you’re short on time, making your own rolled beeswax candles (see featured image) is even easier! Simply buy some sheets of beeswax from a local craft store or online craft supply vendor and find some cotton or hemp wick material. Then, follow the delightfully dated tutorial below! This DIY project is especially handy for young children as there is not hot wax to contend with.

Be sure check out all of our other DIY ideas in the 2011 Handmade Holiday Gift Guide!



Image Credit: Andreja Donko/Shutterstock


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Beth believes many societal problems can be solved through sharing or other alternatives to the corporate system. I'm interested in exploring the growing collaborative consumption movement and how sharing is changing the way we work and play. See what I'm up to by following me on Twitter as @ecosphericblog.