DIY Hand Rolled Beeswax Candles

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DIY Hand Rolled Beeswax Candles

Joey is here today with a wonderful tutorial on making beeswax candles with your children. Not only can children feel successful in creating beautiful candles, but there is nothing better than burning beeswax candles in your home…

Getting ready for the Easter weekend?  Here is a fun craft that you can make with your children for your Easter table!

Melting hot beeswax to make candles can be a bit tricky with young children, so this craft allows them to safely experience the magical properties of beeswax.

Natural beeswax is a sensory delight!  It pleases the senses and calms the mind the minute you pick it up and roll a bit in your hands. Breathe in the wonderful aroma of honey as the wax begins to soften from the warmth of your palms.  The movement of rolling and molding the soft wax is therapeutic, relaxing and a perfect activity for children of all ages to try.

Children under 5 will need an adult to supervise.

DIY Hand Rolled Beeswax Candles

You will need the following supplies to make two 4″ taper candles:

  • 1 sheet of natural beeswax (8″W x 16.5″L)
  • 2 pieces of candle wick (metal free) (1/8″D x 4  1/2″L) Note:  regular string cannot be substituted for candle wick.
  • self healing cutting mat, ruler and cutter (or scissors will work as well)

A beeswax sheet measures approximately 8″W x 16.5″L and is often made in a mold that gives it a raised honeycomb pattern.  The natural coloring can vary from pale yellow to medium brown.  Sheets can also be dyed in a variety of colors.  Beeswax can be bought at a craft or candle making shop.   You can also find it at a store that carries bee keeping supplies.  It is often called drone wax and is used in new beehives.

DIY Hand Rolled Beeswax Candles

Prepare and cut the materials before inviting your child to roll the candles.  With your cutter cut beeswax sheet in half creating 2 strips 4″W x 16 1/2″L.

DIY Hand Rolled Beeswax Candles

To start, place the wick along the end of one of the strips of wax.  Fold the wax over the wick and start rolling away from you.

DIY Hand Rolled Beeswax Candles

Gently press the wax onto the layer underneath as you roll to form a tight cylindrical candle.

DIY Hand Rolled Beeswax Candles

Periodically check to make sure that your child is rolling evenly so that it has a flat bottom.

DIY Hand Rolled Beeswax Candles

If the bottom is not flat, gently press the candle down onto the table to flatten and continue rolling.

DIY Hand Rolled Beeswax Candles

Place in a candle safe holder, have an adult light the candle and put it in a safe spot for all to enjoy!

Happy Easter!


Joey Van Oort enjoys coming up with new and exciting ways to unleash her inner creativity. As a longtime stay-at-home / work-from-home mom, she’s here to share her artistic inspiration and ideas with others all over the world. When she’s not elbow-deep in an artistic endeavor, she enjoys blogging at Made By Joey about her family’s creative lifestyle in Western Canada, where she lives with her husband and two children.


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  1. Thank you! This is perfect. I am a teacher and am looking for a candle making activity to do with my students for Thanksgiving. Perfect! Thank you so much!

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