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Hand-Dipped Beeswax Candles

Light your own homemade beeswax candles with this DIY.

| December 2017

  • Dipped candles add a rustic touch to your table.
    Photo by Cory Ryan Photography
  • Weight the wicks by tying hex nuts to each end.
    Photo by Cory Ryan Photography
  • Dip the wick in the melted wax.
    Photo by Cory Ryan Photography
  • Dip the wick in cool water and then continue alternating between the wax and water until satisfied with the diameter of the candle.
    Photo by Cory Ryan Photography
  • Cut off the wax-covered hex nuts before finishing with one last wax dip.
    Photo by Cory Ryan Photography
  • Hang undisturbed until completely dry.
    Photo by Cory Ryan Photography
  • “Beekeeper’s Lab” by Kim Lehman inspires beekeepers to stay involved with their hives year-round.
    Cover courtesy Quarry Books

“Beekeeper’s Lab” by Kim Lehman provides 52 fun projects for beekeepers to make for their bees and using products from the hive. This excerpt shows how to make candles out of beeswax.

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Beekeeper’s Lab


Dipping candles has a way of taking us back to another time and place. All you really need is some wax and a wick, and time to make these useful candles.

You Will Need

• Newsprint or cardboard
• Double boiler
• Beeswax
• Large coffee can or tall metal container
• 2/0 or 1/0 square braid wicking
• Hex nuts
• Scissors or sharp knife
• Tall container of cool water
• Candy or deep-frying thermometer
• Ruler and bucket


1. Set up a workstation with newsprint to protect your work surface and cardboard to protect the floor.

2. In a double boiler, melt enough beeswax to fill a tall metal container about 1 in. (2.5 cm) from the top.

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