Beeswax Acorns Tutorial

beeswax acorns tutorial


Small pot
Aluminum can

Step 1: Melt beeswax. Place a small amount of beeswax in an aluminum can, place can in a small pot with about an inch of water. Melt over medium heat.

melt your beeswax

Tip: I bought an old pot at the thrift store for $.99 to devote to beeswax.

melt beeswax in a can

Tip: Crimp the aluminum can with your fingers to create a pouring spout.

Step 2: While beeswax is melting, make your acorn molds using the Play-Dough. Roll the Play-Dough into a short cylindrical shape and press the acorn down into the top of the Play-Dough, twisting a little as you push down. Carefully twist and pull acorn out of the mold.

make acorn molds with play-dough

Tip: If you're handy with tools or know somebody who is, tap the top of the acorn with a small screw to create a handle for pushing and pulling the acorn out of the mold.

Step 3: Pour melted beeswax into the Play-Dough mold.

pour melted beeswax into molds

Step 4: When beeswax dries (about ten minutes or so), remove the beeswax acorn from the mold.

remove acorn from mold

Step 5: Wash any remaining Play-Dough off of the beeswax acorn.

wash play dough off acorns

Step 6: Pop the acorn cap onto the beeswax acorn.

beeswax acorns

Tip: If you want to hang your acorn, poke a small hole into the acorn cap with a sharp nail before attaching the cap to the acorn. Make a loop with some string and pull the loop through the acorn cap using a small crochet hook.

Thank you Gardenmama for encouraging me to write up this tutorial. Sometimes I just need a little push to photograph and document my process.


  1. I do love these! Perfect too.. a good friend sent me some acorns this fall and I have lots of wax from the bees! Thanks for sharing these Molly, what a great project.. and one that smells soo good!

  2. Lovely project!
    I was wondering if maybe this would work with melted crayons, too? Could make a nice goodie for kids...

  3. you're so good!! this is definitely on my list for next year. thanks!

  4. These are adorable...and one more reason why I need to keep bees.

  5. these are so cool! thanks for sharing.

  6. You are incredibly creative! How did you even think of this!
    I love it so very much, super tutorial too! xo

  7. Oh, these are precious acorns!! Just too too cute. :0)

    Have a lovely day,

  8. Those little acrons are so sweet. I've been admiring everyone's beeswax adventures and really need to find some. Where do you get yours?

  9. These are beautiful! Thanks for the awesome tute!

  10. Beautiful! Thanks for the great tutorial :)

  11. Aww, I love his! Beeswax is so much fun. Thanks tons for the how-to, I'll be linking.

  12. Chris saw this come in my inbox on RSS feed and came and got me - he thought it was that cool - which they are! Thanks for taking the time to share the tutorial. I will definitely have to make these someday. Someone asked about it working with crayons? Wouldn't that be fabulous?

    Couple of days before Christmas and I seem to be taking on more handmade gift projects. Nuts. Midnight and the sewing machine is running and the stitch ripper is out. Silly - but oh so Christmas.

    Wouldn't be Christmas unless I was peeling tape from the bottoms of my socks before bed. Happy Holidays Molly - have a great one!

  13. I love this and can't wait to try it! Great idea and so easy to adapt to other things.

  14. these are adorable!! i happen to bee obsessed with beeswax at the moment. i love to have another fun project to try out!

  15. I wish I had more oak trees here in the Pacific Northwest. I'm going to have to beg my daughter to collect acorns in the fall for me. Love the project.

  16. What a wonderful project! I love the naturalness of the beeswax and the acorn cap. Thanks for the tutorial!



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