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  1. October 15, 2013
    Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell

    Well you know, if that box of jars was standing on its edge and was perfectly straight then it would be plumb 🙂 And friendship candles, I am right there with you…I kept that fad in business for a while. Thanks for the ‘recipe’ – pinning!

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    • October 15, 2013
      Tara

      I tried to come up with some sort of “plumb” pun… but couldn’t! I need your wit! I’m so glad that I’m not the only “friendship candle collector”. Maybe I should bring those puppies back! (And thanks for the pin, lady – always appreciated!)

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  2. October 15, 2013
    Lisa @ Wine & Glue

    I LOVE these!! I want to make 700 and give them out as gifts to friends and family for the holidays! Pinning and sharing on FB!

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    • October 15, 2013
      Tara

      If you make 700 of these, I want to see pictures! Thank you so much for the share! I’m pretty happy with how they turned out too! I’m definitely going to be getting crafty this Xmas! 🙂

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  3. October 15, 2013
    Sarah

    I love the smell of beeswax. Can’t wait to try this!

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    • October 15, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, let me know when you do! I hope that others discover this awesome craft/gift! 🙂

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  4. October 15, 2013
    terry

    I have never heard of the friendship candles, but love the idea. These are super cute with the baker’s twine (where did you find it?) and the canning lid.

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    • October 15, 2013
      Tara

      Terry – wha….!??!?! You don’t know about friendship candles!?!? I need to make you one and send it to you. I swear, you will get a thrill when you see a tiny sliver of a silver charm peeking out of the wax. I can’t tell you how many times I burned myself trying to fish a little heart out of burning hot wax.

      The baker’s twine is from Michaels (in Canada!) – it’s in the scrapbooking section. 🙂

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  5. October 15, 2013
    Bronwyn MayB

    I love this. LOVE this. Make me one?

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    • October 15, 2013
      Tara

      You know I will! 🙂

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  6. October 15, 2013
    Casey @ Waffling

    omg my friends and I used to shop at the same stores! haha I also recall a friend once walking an hour to a store that sold beeswax candles for $20 each! I never thought about my candles and their chemicals before- very good to know!

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    • October 15, 2013
      Tara

      Casey – maybe we were at the same stores?!?! Did you also go through a Frameology phase? Where we all bought designer themed frames for $40 each? Because I did that. Over and over again. Sigh.

      Beeswax candles for $20?!?! No way. After the initial investment on the supplies, I think you could make these candles for around $2-3 a piece!

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  7. October 15, 2013
    Heather

    I have never made candles but I’ve always wanted to! And I don’t think ‘plumb’ jam would taste very good. Too funny.

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    • October 15, 2013
      Tara

      No thanks on the Plumb jam for me either! 😉 You should definitely try these candles. I think that they would be fab hostess gifts!

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  8. October 15, 2013
    Linda @ Mason Jar Crafts Love

    Tara, my friend, I love, love, love your beeswax candles — even if the beeswax hates you! I really need to make my own candles too. I really do love them. But I’ll probably be a little less crunchy and add those essential oils!!!

    🙂 Linda

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    • October 15, 2013
      Tara

      I’m so glad you love them! It means a lot to have the Queen of Mason Jars admire one of my crafts! Tell me if you use the essential oils. I’m dying to try it. (Also, I read that putting a few drops of the oil on top of the candle acts in very much the same way!)

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  9. October 15, 2013
    Kelli

    Consider it pinned! So great!

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    • October 15, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, thank you, Kelli! I live for the pins! 🙂

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  10. October 15, 2013
    Steph

    This is great! I’ve actually had it in my head to make candles for everyone for Christmas. I used to make candles years ago and am looking to get back into it. I’ve never used beeswax so this will be very helpful. Thanks!

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    • October 15, 2013
      Tara

      Oh… so you maybe have some skills that I need to learn! I really enjoyed working with the beeswax (and I loved all of the benefits of it). Please let me know if you try it!

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  11. October 15, 2013
    Tiffany @ MyDirt

    This would be a great hand made gift idea for teachers and bus drivers. And I must say, your pictures are gorgeous!

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    • October 15, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, thank you, Tiffany! I thought that they would make great little “thank you” presents (or hostess gifts). And another thanks for the picture-love! I’m learning… slowly… but I’m learning! 🙂

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  12. October 15, 2013
    Terri

    wow, sounds so much fun. beautiful presents for sure

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    • October 15, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Terri! I thought they’d make sweet little gifts! 🙂

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  13. October 15, 2013
    Dani @ lifeovereasy

    Love these – I am sooo pinning this!

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    • October 16, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Dani! I love those pins! 🙂

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  14. October 15, 2013
    Time With Thea

    Wow! Love this project. Also love your writing style and delightful sense of humour. I think the salmon on the side of the box will be OK once he sees how amazing your candles are. ~Thea

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    • October 16, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you, Thea! I’m so glad that you enjoyed my writing (it’s my favourite part of blogging). I’m hoping that the Salmon calms down once he sees how much people liked the gifts! 😉

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  15. October 16, 2013
    Mel

    First,y love candles, that is a very lovely gif idea, but I’m trying to picture how they got 12 year old girls parents to buy candles that they had to fish charms out of the melted wax….that is a marketing genius right there, now I wish I had a childhood of wax burned hands full if charms memory!

    Beautiful candles Tara and I’m glad you didn’t add charms 🙂

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    • October 16, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, not only did they get us to buy candles with super-hot metal charms in them – we LOVED them! We squealed over them. We burned candles incessantly. I remember – at one point – having a whole dresser-top full of candles.

      It was like a seance. But a purply-blue one with $200 worth of candles. 🙂

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  16. October 16, 2013
    Kirsten @ One Tough Mother

    YAY! A super easy and SUPER CUTE Christmas gift idea! WOOT! 🙂 Great tutorial sweet pea. I’ve always wanted to make candles as gifts but never actually tried it out. Glad to know all of your tips. Definitely pinning and sharing! XOXO

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    • October 16, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, thank you so much, Kirsten! You’ll have to let me know if you make them. It was super easy!

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  17. October 16, 2013
    Danni@SiloHillFarm

    These are really cute and I love the size of them. I don’t know what a friendship candle is, but I look forward to finding out.

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    • October 16, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, Danni – a friendship candle is one that has a charm buried in it. So that a 12 year old girl can fish out the red-hot charm and scorch herself.

      All in the name of friendship.

      But, I’ll probably make one. And blog about it! 😉

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  18. October 16, 2013
    Shauna @ Satori Design for Living

    Such a great gift idea! I made candles quite a few years ago and they didn’t turn out the best. Perhaps I’ll have better luck with your process!

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    • October 16, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, Shauna – let me know if you try these! They were really easy!

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  19. October 16, 2013
    Sheila @sZinteriors

    Great tutorial, and one I’ll be pinning! I love beeswax candles, and have only ever made the ones you roll with flat sheets of honeycomb beeswax – can’t wait to give this a try! I laughed at your photo of the canning jar box – I happen to have quite a few boxes that look like that, because canning fish is one of the things I do with my Dad! Thanks for sharing your tutorial!!!

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    • October 16, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much for the pin, Sheila! I made the roll-up beeswax ones too (back in my candle-obsessed days). I much prefer these ones (especially as the honeycomb got all wilted and melty when I burned them).

      I love that you have the same canning jars. The garage sale I visited had about 6 flats and I only bought one. Really… for $6… I should have bought them all!

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  20. October 16, 2013
    Krista @thehappyhousie

    These are sooo cute Tara! Totally pinning for future gift giving reference.

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    • October 16, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you, Krista! I love those pins! 🙂

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  21. October 16, 2013
    Amy of while wearing heels

    Those look so pretty. I love how they dried pure white. What a fun project and a great gift idea. And, I loved that you used a princess pencil as your wick holder.

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    • October 16, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you, Amy! I love how they dried too – they are perfect for any decor! And yes, we have all-things-princess in our house. Even our writing instruments! 😉

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  22. October 16, 2013
    dee

    Do you know how long the beeswax will burn? My son is having a rustic/vintage wedding. I found little tin tart tins that I thought about putting votive candles in but they will not fit all the way down in the tin. So…why not make my own candles! But I am wondering how long these will burn since the tins are so small.

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    • October 16, 2013
      Tara

      Dee – I just did some research, and it looks like beeswax is supposed to burn LONGER than paraffin candles. But, the secret is also in the wick size. For tealights or votives, use a thinner cotton wick. I’m sure you can find some at a craft store or on Amazon. I’ve read that some people have beeswax tealights that last around 6 hours – I imagine that votives would burn longer.

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  23. October 18, 2013
    Karen@NourishWithKaren

    Thanks Tara. I am pinning this! I LOVE beeswax candles and would love to make my own!

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  24. October 20, 2013
    Inspire Me Heather

    Woah, this a KEEPER Tara. I have a beehive and um, don’t do anything with the wax… silly me!! I’ll be making some candles now (thank you!) just have to wait until late Spring to go into the hive.

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  25. October 20, 2013
    Liz

    So glad I found you from your HomeTalk feature! You make this look so approachable, and I agree that your writing is smart and funny. And what’s not to love about beeswax and mason jars!

    Oh, not to question the highly technical description, “this scraper thing (so not quite a chisel)”, but if someone were to follow your method to a T, they might ask for a putty knife. 😉

    Pinned and on my crafty list. Thanks so much!
    Liz

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  26. October 23, 2013
    Marilyn

    Wow, I love making candles….I never knew the coconut oil trick! 🙂

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  27. December 6, 2013
    Heather

    These look wonderful, I would love to make these Antique teacups candles and gift them for christmas.
    I was looking for recipe to make a healthy candle. I have a few questions,
    1. Do you think the wax will be too hot and crack teacups?
    2. What would be the best way to add a scent?

    Antique Teacup Candles: http://www.marthastewart.com/273016/teacup-lights

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    • December 6, 2013
      Tara

      I think that you would have to consider the thickness of the teacup. Some are VERY fragile, and that might make me nervous. Adding the coconut oil lowers the melting point of the beeswax, which would help out immensely.

      As for adding scent, I’ve just recently experimented with adding essential oils to beeswax candles. It works, but you have to consider the original scent of beeswax (which is very sweet and pungent). I used a vanilla blend, and it turned out very nicely. Add about 10 drops of essential oil to the melted mixture prior to pouring your candles.

      If you create these teacup candles, I’d love to see your finished product! I think that they’d make fabulous gifts!

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  28. February 15, 2014
    Andrea

    The jars are less likely to crack if you warm them up in the oven on low before pouring the wax in them.

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    • February 18, 2014
      Tara

      What a great idea, Andrea! I’ll write that into the post! Thank you for the tip!

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  29. August 17, 2014
    Betty

    Love to make these candles but could I use pure wax straight from the hives.

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    • August 19, 2014
      Tara

      Betty, I’m not sure. I’ve only bought my wax from a nearby Honeybee center. I use pure beeswax… I think that if you know how to harvest it from the hives safely, it must be the same product that I purchase!

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  30. May 9, 2015
    carol

    I have looked at buying beeswax and cannot see that it would be cost effective.

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  31. July 28, 2015
    Kristina & Millie

    ohhh i love beeswax candles! I don’t like the ones with the heavy perfume and these have a lovely warm scent just as they are! Thanks for sharing the awesome tute with us at Snickerdoodle!

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  32. August 3, 2015
    Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

    Great tutorial. This would be a fun idea for Christmas gifts. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week. 🙂

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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    • August 5, 2015
      Tara

      I agree! These would be fabulous even as hostess gifts over the Christmas season! 🙂

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  33. August 7, 2015
    Theresa @DearCreatives

    I’ve been wanting to make candles for ever! I love how easy you made this look. On my fall to do list. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party! Hope to see you again soon. PInned & shared.

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  34. October 5, 2015
    Kayla

    I am trying to figure out how many jars you got out of this the recipe? and what size? Thanks!

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    • October 6, 2015
      Tara

      Hi Kayla! A pound of wax yielded me four half-pint mason jar candles. They’re fairly shallow and usually for relish or fish canning. I’ve used ramekins as well (things that can handle the heat). Let me know how it turns out for you! I’d love to see pictures!

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  35. November 14, 2015
    riley

    hey!

    150-160 degrees FAHRENHEIT OR CELSIUS?

    Thanks so much! great blog

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    • November 17, 2015
      Tara

      Hi Riley!

      150 degrees Fahrenheit. Sorry about that! 🙂

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