homemade lavender beeswax candle

I finally got around to making a beeswax candle. I had a big block of beeswax just sitting around, waiting for me to do something with it. I have gifting plans for this one, but the rest of the gift awaits me getting off of my lazy behind and finishing it. Baby steps.

Beeswax candles smell great, burn with less soot and smoke and have no chemicals. Turns out they are easy to make too, but next time I will enlist the dad and his giant Paul Bunyan paws to grate the huge 5 lb block of beeswax. I got a cramp in my hand.

DIY Beeswax Candle

Materials:

  • beeswax (enough to fill your container)
  • box grater
  • glass measuring bowl
  • essential oil of your choice
  • braided cotton wick and wick clip
  • container of choice to hold the candle

Directions:

Grate the beeswax and melt in 1 or 2 minute increments in the microwave, stopping and stirring occasionally.

While that is happening, pull a length of wick through the wick clip, crimp the clip to hold the wick in place, dip it in a little melted wax and secure it to the bottom of your container to hold it in place. I wrapped the other end of the wick around a pen and centred the pen on top of my tea cup to keep the wick straight as I poured the hot wax.

Once the wax has melted, add in an essential oil of your choice (supposedly 10-12 drops per every 5.5 ounces of wax). I used lavender oil for mine. Then carefully pour it into your container and let it cool. Clip the wick, leaving yourself about 1/2″ to work with.

You can also just add the grated beeswax to your container and melt it in the oven. See the tutorial for that method here.

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56 thoughts on “homemade lavender beeswax candle

  1. really like the teacup you chose for your candle – the giftee is a lucky person

  2. slowborg says:

    Fantastic! I love this as a thoughtful gift idea, and hopefully it’s cheaper for me than $50 a month candle habit…
    The teacup and saucer you have used are so beautiful I can’t stop looking at the photo.

  3. sybaritica says:

    The teacup *is* a lovely idea…. I’m copying the link to the post to my wife.

  4. oceannah says:

    I think the smell of lavander and beeswax must be heavenly. I hear you on the grating too ;O Have you found a simple/easy way to clean everything up? I usually end up taking the kettle outside and just pouring boiling water all over everything a few times then hot soapy water. Beeswax seems ‘extra’ sticky.
    *anna

  5. Ahh, the smell of lavender, I’m going to give this a try too. thanks for the recipe

  6. Somer says:

    It’s almost to pretty to burn Heidi! What a lovely gift!

  7. Kerry says:

    Love this! I’ve got all the stuff to make homemade lip balm w/ similar ingredients… Would live to try the candle!

  8. meanwhilein3 says:

    Such a pretty gift! Do you know if you can dye the wax?

    • I don’t know, it actually hadn’t even occurred to me. There must be something out there, in Google land about it..

      • Leslie says:

        My mother used to use non toxic crayons to color her wax. She saved our broken crayons, it does not take much, just drop pieces in when you melt your wax until you get the color you want. I’m a yard sale junkie and this is a great idea, now I will see candles in all those neat little planters/pots and containers.

  9. OH!! I LOVE this idea! I have some cups and saucers that were my great-grandmothers as well as my grandmother…I think GG started collecting them then my grandmother. I have them hanging in my dining room. I always have a soft spot for the beautiful, delicately decorated ones like you have there. :)

  10. emmycooks says:

    That is about the cutest thing ever! I love the teacup and saucer idea.

  11. Roar Sweetly says:

    Clever, clever you! This looks beautiful, what a wonderful gift to give someone. I have to bookmark this for Christmas time.

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  13. Wow I have the same Tea cup from my grandma. I would love to make those , but was afraid of cracking it. Lol duh hot tea right… Thanks bees wax calling

  14. It must smell so wonderful! I really like the tea cup you chose as well. About how many candles like this one do you think you could make with a 5 lb block of wax?

  15. If it smells as wonderful as it looks, it must be fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing it last week at Knick of Time Tuesday – I’ll be featuring you today and there will be an, “I Was Featured” button waiting there for you!

    Blessings,
    Angie @ Knick of Time

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  20. Can’t wait to try. Where did you purchase the beeswax block?

  21. Rachael says:

    So, have you found that the 10-12 drops per 5.5 ounces is a good amount of essential oil?

  22. Juliette says:

    Hi Heidi, I love the candle cup you made and am researching before I make my own. I have read that beeswax burns very hot and can crack glass containers. Have you found this to be true? Especially for china and bone china, will it crack?

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  24. tiffany rich says:

    Have you tried to burn this yet. It doesnt look like you used big nuff wicking. If you did burn it, what was the size of your tea cup and what size wick did you use. I think its important to tell people that wicking for candles is tricky, at best. Too big a wick and it burns a hole down center too small and it flickers and drowns. There are a gazillion sites and i have found non of the accurate. They say to experiment with size of wick and container.

    • My mom has burned it – it burns a well in the middle, like all candles, but seems to work fine.

      • tiffany rich says:

        You need larger wick or two wicks in it then. I have baan making allot of bees wax candles and have found that wick size and type make a huge difference. Use a square braid wick, its made for bees wax and acts like a straw sucking up the melted wax to burn. A puddle in the center means the wick is not big enough, and not putting out enough heat to melt the whole candle. Maybe even try 3 of the same kind of wick in a triangle pattern. Its a beautiful candle, but you will get so much more with the right wick.

  25. Velina says:

    So how does the china tea cup do as a candle jar? Is it heat safe??? I love the idea… thinking of Mother’s day gifts!!!! Thanks!!!!

  26. Birmingham says:

    These are lovely! I love the smell of lavender. Can you use too much oil? I would like to use a lot more. Will that ruin the candle?

  27. Robyn Beatty says:

    I love this idea~I am not sure what a apairy is? Where do you find bees wax? Also I have found that flea markets have alot of tea cups, or garage sales.

  28. Mayra says:

    Pretty!

  29. Beth Nelson says:

    Next time use a double boiler instead of grating the beeswax, much easier.

  30. Tiffany says:

    I’m getting ideas for Christmas gifts for my mom and mom-in-law, though for them, making the candles in a martini and margarita glass would be much more appropriate for them!

  31. Carissa says:

    I use beeswax very often, and putting a few tsp of baking soda into the bottom of the container and mixing it all around really helps with clean up! The baking soda traps the “grease” and clumps up allowing you to clean it with ease.

    Just thought I would share :)

  32. Joey Byrd says:

    All, great idea but two thoughts – beware, melting of bees wax candles is highly flammable! Please use caution when melting!!! Secondly, google “bees wax “to find local vendors to purchase. I normally buy from Brushy Mountain Bee Farm.

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