While I love candles, I’ve got to admit, making them can be a bit of a pain. More than one of my favorite mixing bowls has been ruined by using it to melt wax. (How do you clean them after?!) But these beeswax candles are made in the oven; they are SO easy I had to share. I know it’s only April, but guess everyone on my Christmas list this is getting this year?
And if you’re using a glass jar, I suppose you could use the microwave as well (just insert the wick after the wax is melted because the base is metal). But by ‘baking’ the candles in the oven you get to enjoy the pleasant beeswax scent a lot longer.
How to make beeswax candles in the oven
- Glass jars (I used wide mouth canning jars. But any oven proof glass container will work.)
- Beeswax (big, big fan of beeswax pastilles – much easier to use than chopping up a big block of beeswax)
- Baking sheet
1. Place the wicks in the jar and fill with beeswax. If you’re totally lazy (like me) don’t even bother gluing down the wick. Add more beeswax than you think you need – go all the way to the top. Once the wax melts it will fill in all of the tiny air spaces, and it won’t end up as full.
2. Heat oven to 200 degree F. Place the jars on a cookie sheet and stick them in the oven. See how you can make a bunch of candles all at once? I could have fit at least 9 candles on this one sheet pan!
3. Remove candles when all of the wax has melted. This may take 45 minutes to an hour. And it smells amazing!
4. Position wick upright if needed by rolling the end around a pencil. Let cool until wax has hardened. Then trim the wick.
The best part? Zero clean up. Zero ruined mixing bowls. Total win.57