Looking for a fun new craft to help enhance your essential oil use? Try out these unique ice candles! Each candle comes out looking different, and you can easily customize the smell to your favorite essential oil aroma. These candles are super easy to make and fun to look at.
Beeswax Ice Candles
- 8–16 oz. (225–450 g) Beeswax Pellets
- Essential oil(s) of choice
- 1 taper candle
- Ice cubes
- Empty milk carton
- Place beeswax pellets in a glass dish, and place over a pot of water on medium heat to melt down the wax.
- Once the wax is entirely melted, add essential oils until the desired aroma is reached. The amount of oil differs depending on the size of candle.
- Cut the taper candle to the height of the milk carton, placing the top down into the carton. Fill the carton around the taper candle with ice cubes.
- Slowly pour the melted wax evenly over the ice, constantly moving around to coat all the ice.
- Allow the wax to cool at room temperature for several hours, allowing the ice to melt entirely and the wax to solidify.
- Once the wax has cooled, peel away the carton, pour out the water, and shave the taper candle down until flush with the bottom of the candle.
- Allow the candle to sit for 24 hours before lighting.
- Adding dye to the wax can add to the fun of the unique candles, but remember that the taper candle does not entirely melt, so you might have a different colored center.
- Don’t be alarmed if pieces fall off the candle when you first unwrap it; this in completely normal.
- The candle size depends on the amount of wax and size of milk carton you use. For the candles pictured, we used approximately 8 oz. (225 g) of wax and a pint-sized carton. For a full quart-sized carton, you will need 16 oz. (450 g) of beeswax, and 32 oz. (900 g) for a half-gallon carton.
- Do not place the candles in the fridge to help solidify the candles faster. The warm wax slowly melts the ice away, and cooling them faster can slow the ice melting and may ruin the shape.