DIY Candles

DIY Candles

Early I posted about rendering beef tallow.  The link is at the bottom of the page.  Instead of using this batch of tallow to use for cooking and frying, I decided to make the tallow into candles.

First NO the candles will not SMELL like beef tallow.  You could add some essential oils to your tallow before making your candles but I choose not to do this.

These candles are very easy to make and use.  We keep them hand in case of emergency.  Plus add up the savings of not having to purchase expensive candles.  For us this is a winner!

How to make your candles.

I used old glass jars ( recycling is good remember)
candle wick
Beef tallow melted

Beef Tallow harden up.
Strained Tallow ready to sit and harden up.

Cut your candle wicks and inch longer than the jar you are using.
I attached the wick to the bottom of the jar by putting a drop of hot glue to bottom of the jar and attaching the wick.
Attach the wicks to all your jars.

Melt your beef tallow until it is all liquid.
Take a small measuring cup and scoop up some of the liquid tallow.
Pour slowly into your jar.
Fill the jar just below the rim of the jar.
Let sit up until it hardens.
Store in a cool dry place.

Enjoy using your DIY candles

DIY Candles  How to Render Beef Tallow





34 thoughts on “DIY Candles

  1. This is neat! I might have to do this with my kids. They’d get a kick out of seeing candles being made at home and not purchased at the store.

  2. I had no idea it was this easy to make candles. It would be fun to explore all the different smells you could make with it. This actually sounds like a lot of fun.

  3. I never thought of using beef tallow for candles Candy. I love the idea. I’ve made candles in the past for craft shows and even with our church group. It’s easy to do and like soapmaking doesn’t require a lot of supplies.

    1. Whoops, I hit send too early. I have dabbled a little bit in candle making and hadn’t heard anything about beef tallow so I had to look this up. I love that you are taking your natural resources and putting them to good use. How creative!

  4. I have never tried to make my own candles before. I would love to make some and add some peppermint essential oils to them. It is such a refreshing scent.

  5. It’s been many years since I made a candle – yours look really homey – I like the idea of adding some essential oils too for variety.

  6. This is a great post! I love candles and often spend around $50 each for the ones that I really like. Learning to make them myself would definitely be a more cost effective way to have them in the house.

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