Make your own natural candles

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. Β 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.

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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
  • Beeswax
  • Candle containers or molds
  • Wicks
  • 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!

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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!

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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 Β 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!

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By |2014-11-18T14:36:56-04:00January 9th, 2014|Home and Garden|10 Comments

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  1. Shelly January 9, 2014 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    I used to make candles with my great aunt when I was little. It was so much fun. I will have to give this a try again with my kids.

  2. Linsey K January 10, 2014 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    This is a great tutorial! I love the candles with the raised designs on them. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Crystal January 12, 2014 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    I love this and would love to try it. Sounds like fun to show the little one too! I want to come over and have a candle party – do you live in LA πŸ™‚

    • Crystal Collins January 13, 2014 at 2:19 pm - Reply

      Oh wish! LA is fun πŸ™‚ But no, I’m in HOTlanta! πŸ™‚

      • Crystal January 14, 2014 at 2:24 am - Reply

        Darn it – If I ever find myself in HOTlanta – I’m going to look you up for a candle party! πŸ™‚

  4. Sonia Watkins January 14, 2014 at 10:38 am - Reply

    I would like to know if these would work for making the cubes that go in the electric Scentsy pots that have a 25 watt bulb in them and if the beeswax could be melted in a old candle jar with a candle warmer. And made the color you want with a crayon and then scents added to them? I melted candles I had a lot of with my candle warmer and then poured them into empty containers like the ones from Scentsy and Wal-Mart and made my girls scented candle bars to break into cubes for their pots they were thrilled with them said they loved them they smelled so good. I had spring lavender, pumpkin, apple cinnamon, strawberry shortcake etc. By using my candle warmer it allowed me to do other things as the wax was melting and I didn’t have to worry about the wax getting too hot. As soon as it was all melted I poured it into the little trays leaving the lids open so it wouldn’t melt the trays this can be done in small ice trays to but why buy ice trays when I had the empty trays. Scentsy had already told us if we wanted to change scents to just pour the wax back into the trays and leave the lids open while it cooled. My girls a daughter & 2 daughter in laws.we just call them our daughters were so thrilled with them one said I would pay you to make me more lavender spring mist and she said I have never been fond of lavender lol I paid $1 for that candle. They make excellent gifts. Please let me know of this would work for those. Thanks!

    • Crystal Collins January 14, 2014 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      I’m honestly not sure as I am not really familiar with Scentsy. If you give it a go, let me know how it turns out. πŸ™‚

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