How to Make Homemade Tealights

I have a slight obsession with candles, especially since I have an entire closet devoted to them. When I first met my husband, he actually had a candle collection too so when we got married, both of them got combined. And twelve years later, I still haven't been able to burn them all!

Even though buying candles is fast and easy, it's also fun to make your own too. Now trying to go ahead and make your own mason jar candle for the first time around would be hard so I suggest starting off small, like with tealights.

Making tealights is really easy and you only need some basic components to do it:

Supplies Needed:

  • Beeswax (you can buy this locally from beekeepers or at farms)
  • #4 Wicks
  • Bobby Pins
  • Mini Muffin Pan
  • Tin Can (without any outer paper wrapper since it's going in the oven)
  • Newspaper
  • Essential Oil of Choice


Make sure to put newspaper down first over your workspace. Put your beeswax in the tin can and place it in the oven at 180 F. While the wax is melting, you'll start getting the mini muffin pan ready. Cut your wicks down to 1 1/3 inch in length and thread each through a bobby pin. Place the bobby pin over the top of the opening for each muffin cup with the wick standing up in the middle. Get the hot wax out of the oven and place about 10 drops of the essential oil of your choice into the tin can. Now start pouring the hot wax into each muffin cup. Work quickly and carefully since beeswax hardens quickly. Let the candles cure for about an hour and then they should pop out of the muffin pan. Remove the hairpin from the wick and trim the wicks if they are too long.