How To Make Beeswax Candles – 2 methods

How to Make Beeswax Candles By Jeanne De Villiers

(Youtube tutorial below) You will need:

Before we start making beeswax candles, let’s make sure we know where beeswax comes form. Beeswax is a natural wax produced in bee hives and honey bees. It is mostly esters and fatty acids and various long chain alcohols. Beeswax is a soft, yellow-amber colour and produce a natural honey scent. Being a natural product from nature it is extremely environmental friendly and it will save you money.

There are two ways to make beeswax candles. You can either roll the sheet of beeswax around a cotton wick or you can do it the normal way by pouring melted wax into a mold. I will cover both these methods.


What you will need: Sheets of wax, Hair dryer, scissors and a cotton wick.

Choose a flat surface for your working area. Place your beeswax sheet on the working area. Folding the beeswax in a simple square for making a traditional tall thin candles. Remember, you can be creative and make your ons shapes like a diagonal cut for a tapered candles.

Cut the crease (where you folded the beeswax) with the scissors. Try to stay on the even edges.

Now use the hair dryer to blow warm air on the beeswax (+/-20 seconds) to soften it.

Cut your wick about one inch longer than the piece your beeswax. Place your wick on the edge of the sheet and start rolling it with both hands. The wick must be placed with half and inch sticking out on both sides of your sheet of beeswax.

When you completed the roll process use the hair dryer to warm the edge of the sheet to seal it. Use your finger tip to softly smooth the edges.

Cut the one end of the wick completely and the other side to one quarter inch and that’s it, you can now leave het to cool and you are ready to light your first beeswax candles!


What you will need: Double boiler, spoon, mold, scissors, wick, beeswax

This method is exactly the same as making a normal candle. Only difference is the beeswax. Start by placing the beeswax into your double boiler and heat on the oven. Stir the wax until it reaches +/-160 degrees. Wax melt on 145 degrees.

In the meantime you can prepare the wick. Cut it to the height of your mold plus 2 inches. Dip your wick in the melted wax to make it stiff and easy to stay straight while you pour in the melted wax. Use a pen or knife to hold the wick in place over the jar. When you done, cut your wick to the desired length and your done. Allow about 24 hours to let your new candle dry before your test it.

Beeswax makes a very nice gift and like I said beeswax candles is very environmentally friendly. It also burn without releasing smoke and toxins into the air. Hope you will have lots of fun making beeswax candles.

With 3 years of crafts experience and specializing in candle making and creating the perfect romantic evening

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How to make handmade steampunk book box, spell book ..

A fan of Steampunk and Secret Book Boxes, I made my own Steampunk Spell Book Box! 
steampunk book boxA book box being a box that looks like a book! 🙂

I actually love this! It has REAL door hinges on it!! A real pocket watch and Pandora look-a-like beads to name a few!

This Steampunk Spell Book Box started life as a plain silver metal book box. Bought fairly inexpensively from eBay. See some book box alternatives below.


I used mulberry card paper  (imported from China when I was going through a mad card making phase) to create the textured surface to the outside and inside of the box. Mulberry paper is wonderful as it has ‘threads’ through it that create a fantastic textured surface that already gives an effect of worn leather or battered metal.

how to make book boxI used a paper mache approach to applying the card as oppose to laying it on in a single sheet. When using Mulberry paper the trick is to ‘tear’ it not cut it. This gives a rough thready ripped more authentic edge that then easily blends when attaching to other torn pieces.

The old gold copper effect was created using acrylic metalic paints.

steampunk spell book box how to makeThese black hinges are real black metal door hinges. They are super if a little big! You may be able to find smaller ones or better still buy some actual book edge thingies. Proper name Book Corners as I just discovered!  (I found some on Amazon see below). I added some bead and bolt embellishments to enhance the steampunk look. I have a ton of stuff left over from my cardmaking days which came in super useful for this project. Also great to add would be old vintage buttons!

steampunk spell book box how to makeThe pocket watch consisted of the outer frame and the watch face only. All working parts and the back were removed.I added the beads simply to give the box a more exotic feel, a little mystcial something. You can also obtain wonderful steampunk bits and bobs such as old watch parts, gears, cogs, keys, chains in bulk online (or go thrift shop trawling!). Printed images for decoupage steampunk effects are also great additions.

steampunk spell book box how to makeThe wording on my steampunk book box says ‘Odds and Sods’ (an English expresion for ‘stuff’) was created by printing out the chosen words and then tearing off the required text, dampening with tea (great for old effect) and adding with torn edges to the book face. I blended it in with the mulberry card so it gave the appearance of being part of the book originally.

steampunk book box tutorialThe pages effect was created using white mulbery card. The inside of the box can be lined with more card or material. Velvet would be lovely!

I keep my ‘Odds and sods’ in this box literally, and I love it! It’s very olde worldy and quite fun.

Meanwhile if you don’t want to make your own steampunk spell book box, you could check out these rather fabulous ready made ones!

And because we’re steampunk mad, more awesome steamy stuff!