DIY Beeswax & Coconut Oil Candles

DIY Beeswax & Coconut Oil Candles @themerrythoughtIt’s finally getting warm around here – it was 76 degrees yesterday!! But I still love to keep things cozy in the apartment with some candles burning. I had some leftover beeswax from the wood butter I made a while back and I’ve been meaning to try out some homemade candle options that are a bit more natural and safe than the store bought candles I usually pick up. I love projects like this because they remind me to slow my pace – appreciate the work that goes into things like a tiny candle. And how much more satisfying is that little flickering light when you know YOU made it!
DIY Beeswax & Coconut Oil Candles @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
Large sauce pan and a fry pan (Or a double boiler if you have one)
1/2 lb raw beeswax (chopped into pieces)
1/4 cup coconut oil
Disposable tin pan
Large wicks
Pencil or skewer

How to make it:
-Fill your sauce pan with water and place fry pan on top.
-Put the beeswax in the tin pan and place in the fry pan.
-Heat over medium heat until the beeswax is completely melted.
-Add the coconut oil to the beeswax and let melt.
-Pour a small amount of wax into each container and add the wick to the center.
-Let cool for 10 minutes. (Keep the rest of the wax in the tin over the heat while you wait.)
-Wrap the top part of the wick around a pencil or wooden skewer to hold the wick in the center of the jar and balance the pencil across the top of the jar opening.
-Fill jars almost to the top with melted wax.
-Let cool for 30 minutes – 1 hour and if necessary top off with more wax. (If it has cracked or sunk in the middle at all.)
-Let cool overnight and then cut wicks to 1/2″.
DIY Beeswax & Coconut Oil Candles @themerrythoughtDIY Beeswax & Coconut Oil Candles @themerrythoughtxo. Caitlin

  • EliseWednesday, April 20, 2016 - 3:40 am

    Hello, these candles look really cosy! Does it smell ? If not, what could we put in it to parfume the room ? Thank you 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathWednesday, April 20, 2016 - 10:26 am

      They smell like warm honey! You can add essential oils if you wanted to add a different scent.ReplyCancel

  • AnissaWednesday, April 20, 2016 - 9:41 am

    Sounds lovely! Could essential oils be added for fragrance?


    • Caitlin McGrathWednesday, April 20, 2016 - 10:28 am

      Absolutely! You can add essential oils into the melted wax right before pouring into the jars.ReplyCancel

  • AnissaWednesday, May 4, 2016 - 5:06 pm

    Did you use a 7.5 oz. jar with a 3-inch wick?ReplyCancel

  • JoanneWednesday, July 20, 2016 - 4:39 pm

    Beeswax doesn’t give off black soot like some wax,so can be put near wall etc.ReplyCancel

  • CléoWednesday, October 26, 2016 - 4:03 am

    I love those tiny little candles 🙂 my problem is, I once made some of those, and as the wax won’t evaporate (it melts), the wick drowned very quickly. How do you deal with this?
    Thank you for all your amazing DIYs !ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathTuesday, November 1, 2016 - 2:00 pm

      Typically using a thicker, sturdier wick or wooden wick will help with that.ReplyCancel

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