One of the things that I really don’t like about much of the candles sold in stores today is that most of them contain harmful toxins. These are toxins that are being burned off into the home and the air we breathe in. Not cool, people. Not cool. The other option being that I fork over an arm and a leg for expensive candles that don’t contain these toxins. Hmm…not thrifty.
So instead, the kids and I make our own natural candles out of beeswax. Beeswax actually burns off negative ions that have been shown to have health benefits: they cleanse the air of dust, odors, toxins, and pollen.
That’s kinda neat. It makes for a fun project (we homeschool, so we’re being productive and learning), it is healthier for the home, and keeps costs down for us.
Fun. Healthy. Thrifty. Natural. Let’s do this.
Here are the supplies we use:
- Large pot you don’t care about (it’s going to get wax all over it, so be forewarned)
- Stainless steel pouring jar to melt the wax in
- Candle containers or molds
- Essential oil for scent (we use lavender)
- Old crayon for coloring purposes (optional)
- Wax paper
- Wooden spoon or a stick for stirring the wax (you can probably find one in the back yard)
This project deals with some seriously hot wax, so don’t try this without your parents, kids!
1. Add a few inches of water to your large pot and bring to a boil on the stove. Reduce heat to a slight simmer.
2. As the pot is coming to a boil, put your pouring jar in the larger pot with beeswax inside the smaller jar. Allow the wax to melt, and add in your old crayon as an optional way to color the candles.
3. Add in your essential oil for scenting purposes. Add anywhere from 5-10 drops until you can smell the oil fairly well. The scent will become less strong once the candle cools.
4. In your mold or container, add your natural wick. Some wicks can stand on their own, or you can tie a wick around a pencil to keep it in place as you pour your wax. The pencil will sit across your container as it holds the wick in place.
5. Pour your wax into the mold or permanent container.
6. Allow to cool.
7. If using a mold, remove carefully. If just using a regular candle holder/container that you picked up at Dollar Tree or a thrift shop, then you’re already all done by now!
Most of these supplies can be found around town if you’re a regular visitor to your local thrift stores and/or yard sales. Or you can check out these candle making supplies on Amazon. Michaels will have some, too, but that can get pricey if you’re not careful.
As far as beeswax go, you should really try to find a local honey farm that sells their beeswax. This will most likely be the most frugal route, especially if you can buy in bulk to save. Find a few friends that want to make candles as well, and you guys can split the cost and have a candle making party.
A party with candles. Dude. I’m in. Who wants to come have a party with me?
Let me know if you have any questions! We’ve been making candles for a years, and love it. I wouldn’t ever go back to buying candles at the store!