These Easiest Beeswax Taper Candles are so simple to make and have the cutest honeycomb pattern.
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I love to light a candle at meal time. It brings a bit of warmth and coziness to the table. Some might even argue that it makes the meal itself that much more enjoyable as the small warm glow sets a tone in the center of a dining table.
Naturally, I use taper candles for this and it should come as no shocker that I like them in the beeswax variety. If you don’t know, beeswax is a wonder of candle wax. Upon lighting, it goes to work helping to clean the air near the area the candle is burned. But even more than this wonderful pragmatic use for such a candle; There is no denying the beauty of a beeswax candle’s glow or the sweet honeycomb pattern on these taper candles.
I began making my own candles just a few years ago. For anyone looking at candle making for the first time, it can be quite intimidating. It seems much more complicated at first glance. Or at least it did for me. I put off trying to make them and opted to buy them pre-made for years.
This is the more expensive option and as much as I like to use them, I decided to give it a go. These beeswax tapers are the perfect first-time candle to make as they are a fun project that results in a beautiful usable product with minimal effort.
In this tutorial, we are using sheets of beeswax as opposed to the beeswax pellets you might be used to. If you are interested in using pellets for pour-style candles be sure to check out my recipe for Easy Beeswax Candles along with these other natural beauty remedies that utilize beeswax pellets below:
What You Will Need To Make Them
Take a wick and one sheet of beeswax. Start by placing the wick across the short edge of the beeswax sheet. Begin to wrap the beeswax sheet around the wick making sure to keep the wick lined up properly.
As you roll the beeswax strip around the wick be sure to wrap it tightly. The beeswax strip is pliable and forgiving so make any corrections needed as you go. I find that each sheet gives me two taper candles that are about 7.7 inches tall and about .5 inches in diameter to fit my taper candle holder properly.
After making two tapers from a strip, I am left with a couple of inches of the beeswax sheet. You can save those scrap pieces for shorter candles later. So one sheet is plenty big for a minimum of two tapers per sheet. When you get to the width you desire, take a pair of scissors and cut the sheet.
Press the end into the candle to hold shut (as shown). Since the wax is so pliable, it is easy to press the bottom or top around the wick as much as needed to ensure it is secured. The candle is ready to use when done.
Benefits of Beeswax
Beeswax is the healthiest choice in candle making. It even has the highest melting point of any wax out there so it will burn longer. However, the use of beeswax in our home is primarily due to the benefits that only beeswax can provide.
Beeswax acts as a natural air purifier. When you light a beeswax candle over soy or another type of candle. The negative ions naturally present in beeswax will attach themselves to dirt, mold, or other air pollutants causing them to drop out of the air. This amazing fact is quite astounding and when you realize just how dirty other candles can make the air when lit, it is hard to use anything else.
These are almost too cute not to share! Needless to say, they make great gifts and I wanted to share a lovely way to present them as such. I am finding each time I make anything here on the blog, that I am asked if I have any packaging suggestions. I almost always do as I find the packaging of a homemade gift to be just as important as the gift itself. These Easiest Beeswax Taper Candles make ideal gifts for almost any occasion.
#1- I always stack in threes with my candle gift-giving, it makes them easy to stack and somehow a perfect number of candles for a gift. In my opinion anyways. I stack them (as shown) wrap a name tag around them first and then any sort of ribbon I can find. That’s it, a perfectly packaged homemade gift to make someone’s day.
#2- Second, I am always one to use kraft paper. It is timeless and tying it with a bit of twine makes it even more so.
I like to take a square of kraft paper, fold it in the edges and then place about 3 candles in the center.
Placing them diagonally on the square, fold one side over and then the other securing in the back with a piece of tape.
Then tuck in the bottom and also secure with a piece of tape.
Tye a piece of twine around the center and even add a name tag if you’d like. You now have a sweet homemade gift that anyone would love to receive.
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