Make Bee-tiful Candles for the Holidays

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(Image Above: Photo by Ellen Jaskol at the The Rocky Mountain News)

Back when I was a kid and didn’t have an income, except for my allowance, I remember getting really creative with gifts. Well, it’s a recession and it’s time to put on your crafty hat. Plus, people love homemade gifts – it means you put time, and love, into your presents. This season I’m going to try making rolled beeswax candles. By using sheets of beeswax, you can avoid the messiness of melting wax, and keep the pretty beeswax patterns. You can even get beeswax in different colors, but I like the more natural hues. Oh, and don’t forget they smell naturally sweet. Here’s how to make a set of four 4-by-4-inch beeswax candles:

What You Need:

  • 2 sheets of 8-by-16-inch beeswax (make sure you get the sheets, not the block)
  • 20 inches of wick (cut in 4 strands of 5 inches each)
  • A straight-edge blade

How to:

1. Take one sheet of the beeswax and fold it in half, just at the edges, on the short side. Be careful not to press too firmly and mash the texture of the beeswax.

2. Unfold and use a straight-edge blade to cut directly across to make two 4-by-16-inch pieces of the beeswax.

3. Lay a 5-inch piece of the wick along one of the short ends. Firmly roll the edge of the beeswax over it and press to secure the wick there.

4. Slowly roll the wax up, forming the cylinder. Gently press the end in to keep it from unrolling.

5. Hold the candle in your hands for a few moments afterward. The warmth of your hands will help bond the wax.

6. Repeat for the rest of the candles and tie a few of them up with a bow.

These directions were printed originally in The Rocky Mountain News

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6 Responses to Make Bee-tiful Candles for the Holidays

  1. Megan 12/02/2009 at 7:39 pm #

    They look gorgeous! Beeswax candles are just the prettiest.

    Instead of wrapping my presents in paper I used some calico i had leftover from a chair cover project and sewed on some festive buttons and ribbons as decoration.

  2. Kit 12/02/2009 at 8:19 pm #

    Love being creative with presents! A great idea for wrapping presents is to get a strong shoe box and glue newspaper sheets that have something to do with what your giving ( like the style section with all the cloths on it if you’re giving some piece of clothing) onto the box. It can look really great and you’re saving money and at the same time recycling!

  3. Hannah 12/03/2009 at 2:45 am #

    I love this. Where would be a good place to purchase sheets of beeswax?

  4. c_tyler 12/03/2009 at 10:51 am #

    What a fantastic gift idea! I’ll definitely be making some of these for “on hand” christmas presents!

  5. Turi 12/04/2009 at 11:36 am #

    Hannah – Your best bet is to get beeswax sheets online. (Google beeswax sheets.) Make sure you get the sheets, not the block of wax. And if you can’t get the same size I mentioned, you can experiment with making longer candles, thinner candles, you name it. You could also try local craft stores, just make sure they have the sheets of wax, because they can be a bit harder to find than the blocks of beeswax that you melt.

  6. Alison B. 12/04/2009 at 2:07 pm #

    Great gift idea to someone who loves candles! Thank you!

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