Craft | Beeswax Candles
For me, fall is a return to all things cozy. It’s a time for warm spices, fluffy scarves, and glowing candles. As the days become shorter and the nights cooler, lighting a few candles is a great way to welcome fall. How about making your own? Creating these simple and natural rolled beeswax candles is a great way to spend a crisp autumn afternoon with your kids. Oh, and wouldn’t these make the perfect fall hostess gift?
sheets of beeswax (preferably in two fall colors)
mini cookie cutters (optional)
a pairing knife
Note: I found the wax and wick for a very affordable price at my local feed store.
Decide what size candle you would like to make. For a 8″ tall by about 1″ diameter candle you can simply use one full sheet. For a 4″ by about 2″ diameter candle you will need two sheets, cut in half length wise. To cut your sheets place them on a cutting board and gently run a pairing knife along the side of a ruler or straight edge. Cut a piece of wick about 2″ longer than the height of your candle.
To start your candle roll the wick tightly against one edge, pressing down gently to enclose the wick in wax. Leave a 1″ tail of wick on either side so that you can decide which side is up when you are finished rolling.
Gently roll your candle up. To add more sheets simply overlap them about 1/4″ and press them together, then continue rolling. At the end press the edge closed, the warmth from your hand should be enough to seal it.
Using a mini cookie cutter or pairing knife, cut out leave shapes in a contrasting color of wax.
Press your shapes onto your candle, again the heat of your hand should be enough to make them stick.
Choose which edge is the nicest and make that the top of your candle. Trim the bottom wick flush and the top wick to about 3/4″
Light and enjoy.