Learn how to make your own fall scented beeswax candles at home using 3 simple ingredients.
Creating at home is something I find so much satisfaction in. My latest project was learning how to make my own scented candles for fall. I was surprised how fast a few candles whipped up at home in my kitchen. I was able to customize not only the scent of the candles, but I was also able to put a few unique touches on my candles.
Containers for Homemade Candles
It seems as though you can make candles in just about any glass container, within reason. I found these cute little mason jars that I thought were so cute. They gave the appeal of votives, but had that vintage charm of mason jars. I also thought they would make the cutest little gift for anyone who would appreciate the love put in to a handmade gift. You could pair your handmade beeswax candle with this DIY Garlic Herb Seasoning and create a whole handmade gift basket.
While at the thrift store a few weeks ago, I found these cute hand painted teacups and a little crock with pink flowers. I thought they would make a cute little candle on a shelf or on our bathroom countertop. I was so excited to find such a unique piece I could make functional. I keep a running list in the notes section of my phone titled “thrift store”. I now have “cups for candles” on the list to remind me to keep an eye out.
Not only are they unique and so much fun to create for my home, I think they will make a unique gift that also reuses an item that is destined for the landfill. So many wins at one time.
How to Make Beeswax Candles
These candles are made with a few simple ingredients. I created a double boiler using a small pan and a Pyrex bowl that fits inside, without falling in. Simply melt the coconut oil and beeswax together in the double boiler. While it is melting, you can prepare your containers. I hot glued the wick in to the container, just to help it stick a little bit better when the wax was poured in. A pen or pencil is great to keep the wick sturdy on the rim of the container.
Natural Scents for DIY Candles
For scent, I used pumpkin pie spice and essential oils in our candles. The scent of these candles is subtle and isn’t quite like those Bath and Body Works candles with synthetic fragrances. Which is okay, their beauty and subtle scent is enough for me. (Check this post here to read about B&BW candles and their scents)
My favorite essential oils are from Plant Therapy. I love their fall scent line for this project. Harvest Moon is a little more floral smelling than say something like Apple Pie or Pumpkin Pie Synergy blend. Autumn Breeze I believe smells a little more citrusy, than floral. You can build your own fall scent set using code MY3SET here, too!
Handmade Beeswax Candles DIY
Creating something at home not only gives you so much satisfaction, it allows you to completely customize what you are putting together. Use whatever essential oils you have on hand or not. These candles are beautiful all on their own.
I would love to see your finished project. Share your creations and tag me on Instagram!
Supplies list and where to buy:
Coconut Oil (or Costco, for a great deal)
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Essential Oils – Plant Therapy
DIY Fall Scented Beeswax Candles
- Double boiler
- Small 4oz jars, tea cups, or crocks
- pens, pencils, or chopsticks
- hot glue gun
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup beeswax
- 1/2 heaping Tablespoon pumpkin spice or apple pie seasoning
- Essential oils *optional*
- Clean your jars and wipe dry.
- Hot glue your wick at the bottom of your container. Roll your wick around a pen, pencil, or chopstick and rest it on the rim of your container. Let the glue dry as you work on melting your wax.
- In the bowl of a double boiler, melt together the coconut oil and beeswax. This will take 5-10 minutes. Stir the wax and oil mixture consistently. When the wax has melted, add in your pumpkin pie spice and mix it in. Let your wax cool slightly and add your essential oils. You can add 15-30 drops or more, depending on how strong you want your candle scent. *** If you are looking to scent your home, a diffuser with essential oils may be a better option.**
- Pour wax in to your container, filling it about half full. Let it sit for 3-5 minutes. Pour in the remaining wax to fill your candle container. Let the candles sit about 3-5 hours.
- When the wax has settled, trim the wax about 1/2 inch from the top of the wax.
- Burn the candles a you would traditional candles!