Homemade Beeswax Candles

These petite beeswax candles are a Pinterest-perfect craft, that are as useful as they are cute.

  • These candles smell fantastic naturally and burn without releasing chemicals into your home!
    Photo by Erica Strauss
  • The book also features recipes for DIY home care and personal care products like Nontoxic Laundry softener, Fizzy Bath Bombs, and Refreshing Peppermint Foot Scrub.
    Cover courtesy Sasquatch Books

Hands-on Home (Sasquatch Books, 2015), by Erica Straus, is packed with fabulous recipes, practical, no-nonsense advice, and time- and money-saving techniques. With a focus on less consumerism, Strauss provides instruction on everything you need to live more delicious and sustainable DIY lifestyle.

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Beeswax burns long — expect twelve-plus hours out of each of these petite candles — so they are helpful to have on hand for winter storm power outages. They also smell great naturally, won’t release any weird chemicals into your home when you burn them, and make absolutely delightful last-minute holiday gifts.           

Makes 12 mini candles


• 2-1/2 pounds clean beeswax or beeswax pastilles
• #2 square braided cotton wick and 12 square wick tabs or 12 pre-waxed #2 square cotton wicks with tabs
• 24 thin bamboo skewers
• Scotch tape
• 12 (4-ounce) mason jars


1. If necessary, chop the beeswax into rough chunks and melt it in a double boiler set over medium heat until just liquid. Beeswax takes a long time to melt, so be patient. Don’t rush the melting — you don’t want to scorch the wax.

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