I know I know, it’s still only October. But as someone who likes to make their own Christmas presents, now’s the time to be getting a head start. Beeswax candles make lovely presents as they’re easy to personalise with different scents and containers. For a vintage lover, pour your candle wax into pretty charity shop teacups, or for Scandi fans, try a double whammy and make your own containers with my cement plant pot tutorial – it’s not just for plants!
Whatever style you choose, if you’d like to have a go at making your own Christmas present candles this year, I’ve quickly jotted down my step-by-step instructions below.
You will need:
Beeswax pellets, £9.95 for 1kg, Trustleaf
Wicks (120mm), £1.50 for 20, Trustleaf
Clean tin can
Containers for your candles (I bought old glass jars from the charity shop)
Lavender oil, £2.79 for 10ml, Amazon
Stick to stir
For one candle, you will need: 227g beeswax pellets, 32g coconut oil
Step 1. Weigh out 227g beeswax pellets and pour into a clean, dry tin can. Carefully sit the can on the bottom of a saucepan with a few inches of simmering water, so the heat from the water will melt the wax inside the can. Stir occasionally with a wooden stick. It will take 5-10 minutes for the wax to completely melt, depending on the temperature of the water.
Step 2. Whilst the wax is melting, prepare your container by placing a wick into the centre and securing it in place using masking tape. We punched a small hole in a piece of masking tape and stuck it across the opening of the jar, then threaded the wick through so it stands on the bottom of the jar. This will hold it in place as the wax is poured in later.
Step 3. Once the wax has melted, stir in 32g of coconut oil and add 20-25 drops of lavender oil to scent. Stir well.
Step 4. Wearing gloves, carefully remove the tin can and pour the mixture into your prepared container. Take care to pour slowly and avoid dripping any down the sides of the glass if possible. We suggest covering your work surface with some newspaper or kitchen roll where you are pouring, too.
Step 5. Leave the candle to set for 5-6 hours. We left ours in the airing cupboard to help avoid cracks forming on the top which can happen if they cool too quickly. Once set, remove the masking tape and trim the wick down.
And that’s it! Your Christmas presents are sorted and smelling delicious. The yellow colour of this beeswax gives them a lovely rustic vibe, so I’m going to package these up in cardboard box with lots of raffia to keep them safe, and maybe even a pinecone or two!
As always, big thanks to the lovely Cassie Pryce who I worked with on this project.