Homemade DIY Beeswax Candles

DIY beeswax candles
submitted by: Julia of Tag&Tibby


How to make natural DIY beeswax candles using vintage jello tins and thrifted glass teacups.


  • 1/2 lb beeswax (I used half of a 1 pound bar)
  • 2 cups palm oil shortening
  • Vintage jello mold tins and teacups
  • Lead-free natural candle wick
  • 6-7 thin pencils
  • Candy or candle thermometer
  • Double boiler or similar (I used a glass measuring pot in a larger pot with water)


Set wicks in bottom of each candle dish and twist tops around pencils to hold in place. Simmer water pot + beeswax pot on medium low heat. Stir frequently. Beeswax should melt around 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not allow temperature to exceed 160-170 degrees Fahrenheit. Once wax is melted add 2 cups of palm oil shortening, stir until melted. The shortening prevents the candles from cracking once hardened.

Carefully pour wax/shortening mixture into each candle dish. Adjust wicks to be centered in dish. Immediately wipe out cookware before beeswax hardens. Allow to cool for at least 24 hours. Trim wick to about 1/2″ tall.

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