I had some wax leftover from making chapstick, and figured I’d try making a candle with it! It turned out awesome, so without further ado, I’m sharing!
You will need:
- Candle wick
- Candle jar (or any small glass jar that can withstand heat – upcycle!)
- Crayon or two
- Essential/Fragrance Oil or two of choice
(Lilac is a favorite, but I also like Honeysuckle Fragrance Oil)
- A small double boiler, or makeshift one as follows:
- Stove-top safe pan (like a saucepan)
- Heat-safe inner container (I use a Pyrex measuring cup)
- Something to mix the melted stuff with (like a butter knife)
- Take your candle jar, and fill it with beeswax (to measure how much you will need), and pour it into a Pyrex measuring cup or other container safe for high heat. Measure out the same amount again, and set aside
- Cut a piece of the crayon for the bottom layer of the candle and add it to the measuring cup with the beeswax. Use as much or as little as you like, depending on how dark of a shade you want the candle to be. I used a lot for the bottom layer (and less for the top layer to make it a few shades lighter)
- Get a saucepan or another stove-top safe container, place the measuring cup with the beeswax and crayon inside it, and fill the saucepan with water, making sure the level isn’t too high and you don’t get any water inside the measuring cup
- Place over medium-high heat, and heat until melted, stirring occasionally with the butter knife
- While your beeswax is melting, secure the candle wick to the center of the bottom of your candle jar with a bit of glue
- Remove the measuring cup from heat and let sit for a few minutes, then stir in the fragrance: use as much or as little as you’d like (10-20 drops for a smaller candle)
- Making sure to keep the wick straight, pour the now-scented melted wax mixture into the container, it should fill it about halfway
- While it cools, repeat steps 4-7 with the other half of the beeswax you reserved in step 1, using either a different colored crayon, or, as I did, adding less for a lighter color this time. You can also use a different scent to mix in, just make sure it would compliment the first one
- Let your candle cool at room temperature, trim down the wick to about a half-inch, or leave it to trim before use
- Top it off with a lid if you got one, and store until ready to use 🙂
CAUTION: Please please please, be VERY careful with handling things in this how-to, they get very hot. The water is clearly boiling, the glass heats up and can burn you, and clearly the wax is HOT HOT HOT. Just please use common sense and handle things with care. Good luck and happy upcycling!
NOTE: The links to the products in this post and others are the ones I personally ordered and used, and are my favorite. You are of course, welcome to purchase them from another source, or try a different brand, but please ensure you read some reviews first, and get quality, organic ingredients, for something you will be breathing in.