Making Beeswax Candles with Kids

Making Candles with Kids

The kids and I made homemade beeswax candles as gifts for Christmas.  The process was so easy and fun that I think I will probably never buy another candle from a store again!  

We had never made candles before, but a reader on Facebook recommended a tutorial she had read by A Beautiful Mess, and we went for it.  

We had LOTS of 4 and 8 oz. glass canning jars leftover from our baby-food-making days…

Making Beeswax Candles with Kids

…and they were PERFECT for these candles.  

We purchased our beeswax from the same Etsy store listed in the tutorial and we couldn’t have been happier!  I’ve been told the price is better than what can be found at craft stores, and though I had never worked with beeswax before, I thought the quality was excellent.  It arrived quickly, too!

A Beautiful Mess does a fabulous job of explaining all the steps of the project, so I’m not going to say any more about the process, but I do want to share the photos I was able to capture as it was such a beautiful experience for us. 

Beeswax Candles
Beeswax mold

The kids (ages 3 and 4) weren’t able to do very much hands-on helping since the beeswax gets quite hot, but they were still very much a part of the candle making process, watching every step!!  

Making Beeswax Candles with Kids


Making Beeswax Candles with Kids
Making Beeswax Candles with Kids
Making Beeswax Candles with Kids

I love how the quilted sides of the glass add to the natural bee theme of the candle.  And we even had one that ended up with an actual bee part visible inside.  That made for some interesting, scientific, preschool discussion!

Making Beeswax Candles with Kids

In all, we were able to make 22 – 4 oz. candles and 3 – 8 oz. candles with our 5 lbs. of beeswax. 

beeswax candle making


burning beeswax candles

The kids have especially enjoyed lighting some of the candles we made for ourselves during our family dinners.  

 Making Beeswax Candles with Kids burning candles

Nothing beats a candlelit family dinner — especially when you made the candles yourself!!  Now head on over to A Beautiful Mess to find out how to make your very own homemade beeswax candles!

 Making Beeswax Candles with Kids on In Lieu of Preschool

Disclosure: I am not affiliated with any of the products or people included in this post.  This was just a fun project we did that I wanted to share with you.  I only review products on my blog that interest me, my family, and that I think would truly interest and benefit you, my readers. All posts on this blog reflect my personal opinions. 

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • Kamila says:

    Hi. Those look great. I’m looking to make exactly the same and was wondering what size and quantity of the wick did you use and possibly where did you get it from.

    thanks a 1M.


  • blue wizard says:

    thanks for the info may be useful. , ,

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