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Beeswax Candle & Mixed Nut Centerpiece

Have you ever smelled a real beeswax candle? They have a faint, sweetly floral scent. I’m lucky enough to have an ‘in’ with a supplier and I get to bring home some of the 2nd quality candles.

Beeswax Candle and Mixed Nuts Centerpiece

When I left for my maternity leave I brought a box of slightly-less-than-perfect candles home with me. My initial plans involved a pineapple but I couldn’t find a large enough bowl and I eventually lost track of the project.

Today when I was throwing out my 1970’s food processor (my mom bought me a new one that won’t leak all over the counter!) I found this wooden salad bowl and decided it was time to get to work.

Simple Rustic Beeswax Candle Display

To make this Beeswax Candle Centerpiece you will need:

  • Wooden Bowl
  • Beeswax Candles (the number depends on your bowl size)
  • Bag of Mixed Nuts
  • Ribbon

Place the candles in the bowl, I used three 3 inch diameter pillars. Make sure the candles are stable, wobble candles + fire = bad. Add the nuts around the candles, this mix has walnuts, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, almonds and pecans.

Fill the bowl up so it’s slightly over flowing, not enough to let the nuts fall all over the place if someone bumps the table but enough that they stick up out of the bowl. Make a bow and drape it over the nuts, make sure it’s away from the flame.


Beeswax candles are beautiful, the ones I make range in color from a rich mustard to a lighter buttery yellow. We get our wax from a variety of different types of honey and the pollen sources can ‘stain’ the wax different shades.

They have a smooth matte finish and over time develop a white bloom. You can easily remove the bloom by buffing or with a hairdryer if you want your candles to look cleaner but I think it adds to the beauty.

We use 100% cotton wicks and all of the candles are long burning. All of the candles are hand poured (these ones were poured by me!).

Primitive Beeswax Candle Display

Check out my Christmas Page for more ideas or start here:

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Rhonda @ The Messy Roost

Thursday 16th of January 2014

I also love candles and it seems the more natural and simple the more beautiful it is. I absolutely love it, and want to try a beeswax candle. I have never tried one. Thanks for the great information too. Rhonda

Lisa Chouinard

Wednesday 8th of January 2014

Ohh, I didn't know how beeswax got its color! I always thought the unbleached version was just yellow (the same hue with no variations) and the bleached version was white! Thanks for the lesson!

Danielle @ We Have It All

Monday 6th of January 2014

Very cute idea, I never thought to make a centerpiece like this.

Debbie Denny

Sunday 5th of January 2014

That is really a beautiful look.


Saturday 4th of January 2014

This is gorgeous and so simple to do!