Rolled Beeswax Candles

Roll your own candles made out of sheets of beeswax.

| December 2017

  • Rolled beeswax candles make a perfect gift.
    Photo by Cory Ryan Photography
  • Fold and break the beeswax sheet in half.
    Photo by Cory Ryan Photography
  • Press the wax around the wick.
    Photo by Cory Ryan Photography
  • Evenly roll the wax with both hands.
    Photo by Cory Ryan Photography
  • Seal the seam using slight pressure from your fingertips.
    Photo by Cory Ryan Photography
  • “Beekeeper’s Lab” by Kim Lehman inspires beekeepers to stay involved with their hives year-round.
    Cover courtesy Quarry Books

“Beekeeper’s Lab” by Kim Lehman provides 52 fun projects for beekeepers to make for their bees and using products from the hive. This excerpt shows how to make candles from sheets of beeswax.

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Beekeeper’s Lab


Rolling beeswax foundation, or wax sheets stamped with the base of a cell, is a simple, safe, and inexpensive way to make lovely candles without the need for hot melted wax.

You Will Need

• 1 beeswax sheet, also called foundation, 8 inch x 16 inch (20.5 centimeters x 40.5 centimeters)
• 2/0 wick
• scissors
• hair dryer (optional)


1. Fold the beeswax sheet in half with the short ends together. Bend the sheet back and forth until it breaks. Each piece will make one candle

2. Lay the wick on the torn edge of the wax. Cut the sheet a little longer than the end of the sheet.

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