How to Make Simple Rolled Beeswax Candles

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There was a time when candles were a primary source of light. Today we have electricity, but candles are still quite popular. They provide a nice atmosphere for intimate or romantic events, and they certainly come in handy during blackouts!

How to Make Simple Rolled Beeswax Candles

 

Some crafty types like to make their own candles. But if you don’t enjoy melting wax and working with molds, it can be a bit of a chore. That doesn’t mean that you can’t experience the joy of creating candles, though. Rolled beeswax candles do not require heat, and they’re so easy to make that even a child can do it! They also have a nice natural scent, so there’s no need to add fragrance to them. Here’s how to make some of your own.

Materials

* Beeswax sheets * Primed candle wicks * A sharp knife or razor blade * Cutting board or other suitable surface for cutting

Instructions

1. Lay a sheet of beeswax out flat on the cutting board. Lay a wick across the width, and use the knife or razor blade (adults only!) to cut it to about an inch and a half longer than the wax. Leave ¾ of an inch hanging over each edge.

2. Lay the wick along the edge of the beeswax sheet. Fold a small amount (about 1/8 of an inch) of the wax over the wick, and press down firmly to ensure that the wax keeps the wick in place.

3. Gently roll the wax up. Take your time and make sure that you keep it straight and the ends remain even. Keep going until you reach the end of the beeswax sheet.

4. Press the edge down gently but firmly with your thumb so that a reasonably smooth edge is formed.

5. Decide which end of the candle looks best. Trim the wick even with the candle on the worse end, and to a length of ½ inch on the better end.

Tips

* Take care not to press too hard as you are rolling the beeswax. If you do, you could warp the honeycomb pattern and make your candle less attractive.

* You can make an extra thick candle if you like. Instead of pressing the edge down when you get done rolling the beeswax sheet, simply place the edge of another sheet against it and continue rolling. Take care to keep it straight, and when you’re done press the edge down as directed.

* A standard 8” x 16” sheet of beeswax will make a candle that’s about an inch wide and 8 inches long. If you want a shorter or thinner candle, cut the beeswax to create the desired size before you get started.

How to Make Simple Rolled Beeswax Candles

 


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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an author and sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky. When she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s writing about country living and artisan culture.
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Comments

    • Melanie
    • May 27, 2013
    Reply

    I LOVE this.. when I was little we made these in school all the time for Mother’s day or as a Christmas gift.. LOVE this and wish I could find some of the supplies here so I can make them with my kids… 🙂 Thanks for sharing

    • Lisa Wojciechowski
    • August 12, 2016
    Reply

    We made these in 4th grade for our mom;s and it was the most fun and memorable project ever.

      • Barb Webb
      • August 12, 2016
      Reply

      Thanks for sharing Lisa! That just made my day! So glad you and your class enjoyed this project!

        • Lisa Wojciechowski
        • August 12, 2016
        Reply

        Going to pass this along to grandchildren now, and also buy some sheets of beeswax to make candles for myself as well . ..

          • Barb Webb
          • August 16, 2016
          Reply

          That’s wonderful, Lisa! I need to pick up some more, too. It’s a great impromptu craft for when we have neighborhood kids over, too. So glad that you are enjoying putting beeswax candles together. Makes my heart smile!

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