DIY Beeswax Crafts for the Home

With the increased interest in beekeeping, the use of honey and beeswax has become an artisanal trend. Give one—or all—of these four beeswax crafts a try!

| August 2013

  • Beeswax is a product of the industrious worker bees, who use it to build honeycombs. That hexagonal pattern is actually a nursery for the hive’s young and a pantry for the bees’ pollen and honey.
    Photo By Fotolia/gertrudda
  • “Honey Crafting” is a beautiful, upscale guide to the many uses of honey and beeswax that will appeal to both the beekeeping enthusiast and the casual user of these natural ingredients.
    Cover Courtesy of F+W Media, Inc.

From sweet-smelling gifts such as candles and lanterns, to natural skin masks, cleansers and conditioners, honey and beeswax both showcase enormous amounts of versatility. Honey Crafting (F+W Media, Inc., 2013) introduces readers to more than 30 mouth-watering recipes with honey, as well as home crafts and DIY body-care products.

Buy this book in the Mother Earth Living store: Honey Crafting.

4 Beeswax Crafts

• How to Make Beeswax Lanterns
• How to Make Rolled Tapered Beeswax Candles
• Lavender Beeswax Hand Cream Recipe
• Beeswax Vapor Rub Recipe

Crafting with Beeswax

Beeswax is so elegant, so lovely and useful, that it’s hard to believe that it wasn’t invented for us to enjoy.



In fact, beeswax is a product of the industrious worker bees, who use it to build honeycombs. That hexagonal pattern is actually a nursery for the hive’s young and a pantry for the bees’ pollen and honey. Wax is the building block of the hive.

And we, too, can use it to build. Of all the waxes that you can use to craft, pure beeswax is the most prized, and for good reason. Beeswax is a miracle of a medium for crafters. It’s pliable when warm and sturdy when cooled. The soft yellow color of the beeswax seems to glow from within. It immediately draws the eye. Even a small beeswax candle or ornament can become the focal point of a living room or bedroom.






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