DIY Beeswax Pillar Candles Without Heat
Candles are lovely simple additions to any room to leave flickering in the evening after a long day. Their soft glow provides a delicate ambience especially gentle on tired eyes, and they are perfect for winding down in the living room or beside the bath. Unfortunately not all candles are as innocent as they seem!
The Dangers of Conventional Scented Candles
According to a scientific paper published in Atmospheric Environment, 2012: “burning of scented candles in an indoor environment can release a large number of toxic chemicals”. The main pollutants that were detected during the study were BTEX, aldehydes and PAHs. BTEX (Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene) are components of motor fuel, which are released from exhausts of vehicles and also evaporation from the fuel tank, carburetor and crank case of engines. A research paper from the Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, 2008, stressed that BTEX are dangerous toxic chemicals that “participate in photochemical reactions and produce secondary air pollutants such as ozone, peroxyacethyl nitrate, free radicals and nitrogen oxides”. Not exactly what you would like to inhale! Especially if anyone in your house has asthma like me or breathing conditions.
Before I researched how to make candles, I honestly assumed they would be incredibly difficult and time-consuming to create at home; thankfully I was wrong and require little effort!
This is probably the easiest way to make DIY candles as it does not involve any heating or melting, making precisely no mess at all – a craft suitable for even a DIY novice 🙂
You will need:
- Beeswax sheets
- Braided cotton candle wick
- Ribbon (to decorate if making as a gift)
- Or a beeswax candle-making kit which includes everything (I got this kit for my birthday but this one is also good!)
How To Make DIY Beeswax Pillar Candles Without Heat
- Take a rectangle beeswax sheet and cut to the size you would like if necessary – mine were 34.5cm (13.5 inches) long and 12.5cm (5 inches) wide.
- Lie the beeswax sheet portrait for ease when rolling.
- Place a length of cotton wick on top of the beeswax sheet, along the very bottom / base of the sheet. Sit the left end of the wick exactly to the left edge of the beeswax sheet and cut the right end of the wick one inch longer than the width of the beeswax sheet.
- Carefully begin rolling the beeswax sheet tightly over the wick and continue rolling along the whole length of the sheet making sure to press firmly to create a tightly rolled pillar candle. Keep an eye on the edges to make sure you have a flat base for the candle to sit.
- Stand the candle up and add a small piece of beeswax to the tip of the wick to help it light.
- Tie pretty ribbon around the candle and a cute little bee pin decoration if making as a homemade gift (remember to remove before lighting)
To make fancy tiered candles, simply cut the rectangle beeswax sheets in half diagonally to create two triangles. Position the beeswax sheet portrait with the shortest side as the base. Add the wick along the bottom as before and roll upwards along the straight edge.
Enjoy your homemade toxic-free candles! Has anyone else tried making candles? I’m going to be making DIY scented soy candles soon so keep an eye out for that tutorial too 🙂