How to Make Beeswax Candles
Recipe type: DIY
  • Beeswax (like this)
  • Wicks (like this)
  • Glass jars (canning jars like this work great!)
  • Dedicated container, such as a #10 can, for melting the wax (because it's impossible to clean out afterwards!)
  1. (A Note About Amounts: One pound of beeswax equals approximately 20 ounces in volume. For this tutorial, I used one pound of beeswas pastilles. It filled the four small canning jars shown in the above photo. Thankfully, the recipe is very flexible, so if you have more or less beeswax, simply fill more or less containers!)
  2. Place the beeswax into your dedicated container/can. Place the can inside a stock pot filled half-full with water. Simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally as it melts.
  3. In the meantime, prepare your jars and wicks.
  4. The goal is to get the wick to stay in the middle of the jar as we pour in the beeswax and it sets. You can accomplish this a variety of ways.
  5. It doesn't matter the method, as long as the wick stays in the center of the jar. In the above photos, I placed a dab of glue on the bottom of the wick to secure it to the bottom of the jar. I then curled the wick around a small dowel to keep it from tipping over.
  6. Pour the melted beeswax into the jar, leaving one inch of room at the top. Set the jars aside and allow them to cool and set completely.
  7. Trim the wick, light, and enjoy your homemade beeswax candles!
Recipe by The Prairie Homestead at