Natural beeswax candles are my favourites; they smell of honey, are completely sustainable, and they are healthy for you (unlike the paraffin variety).
Intricate designs can sometimes cause the candles to drip, but any leftover beeswax from a candle isn’t wasted. You can use it to make tealights.
How to make tea light candles:
All you need to do is collect leftover beeswax in a cheap non-stick cooking pot and buy some reusable tea light holders (you can even re-use the metal holders) and wicks.
For tea lights you don’t need to collect that much beeswax as long as you have enough to fill at least a couple of holders.
If you have a lot of wax, you can melt it in stages, otherwise it can take ages to melt.
Rather than buying an expensive candle melt pot, I simply use one I bought in a Pound shop – really cheap. You don’t need to spend a fortune on that.
Melt the wax in the pot on a low heat on the hob. It will take about 5 – 10 minutes for all the wax to melt depending how much there is; the more wax, the longer it takes.
Keep an eye on the melting wax to avoid burning.
And once you’ve made them, you can use a large ivy leaf and cones for decoration.
But remember – always burn your candles and tea lights safely on a heat-proof surface.