How to Make a Candle: Embedded Soy Pillar Candle

I used coffee beans to create these candles, but dried flowers or chunks of colored wax would work well too.

  • "Candlemaking the Natural Way" offers the fundamental techniques of candle making as well as 31 projects for making beeswax, palm and soy candles of all shapes, sizes and colors.
    Photo Courtesy Lark Crafts
  • Make over leftover candles by embedding fresh wax, coffee beans and other embellishments.
    Photo Courtesy Lark Crafts

The following is an excerpt from Candlemaking the Natural Way: 31 Projects Made with Soy, Palm and Beeswax by Rebecca Ittner (Lark Crafts, 2010). The excerpt is from Chapter 6: Upcycled Candles. 

I used coffee beans to create these candles, but dried flowers or chunks of colored wax would work well too.


1 pound (454 g) soy pillar wax
1 pound (454 g) whole coffee beans
Flat braided cotton wick: large
Vegetable spray
White pillar candle: 3 × 6 inches (7.6 × 15.2 cm)


Baking sheet
Candle thermometer
Double boiler
Glass measuring cup: 4-cup (960 ml)
Kitchen towel
Metal pillar mold with base
Mold sealer
Wooden chopstick

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