For Sara’s Christmas present, I decided to make her homemade beeswax candles. We’ve seen them at farmers markets and other craft fairs, but they were always way too expensive. I stumbled upon this blog post by The Prairie Homestead and followed the directions with much success!
Making The Candles
I didn’t have a can to make a double boiler, so I used a small Pyrex measuring cup in a pot of boiling water. The Pyrex only held half of the wax, so I had to split it into two batches. I didn’t have to buy anything new though! Luckily the Pyrex balanced on the side of my pot, which I discovered after 10 minutes of holding it over boiling water waiting for my carpal tunnel to develop.
Following the instructions from The Prairie Homestead, I used the same candle wicks and stickers to hold the wicks to the mason jars. I did use a different beeswax, though, because the reviews of the wax on Prairie Homestead had a lot of bad comments on the smell recently.
While the wax was melting, I stuck the wicks to the bottom of the mason jars with the stickers I bought. I wound the wick around half of a kabob skewer to hold it up. Once the wax was (finally) melted, all I had to do was pour the wax into the jar.
Once the wax was poured in all I had to do was wait for it to cool. I was surprised how easy these were! The Pyrex would not scrub clean, but the dishwasher made quick work of the wax.