Joey is here today with a wonderful tutorial on making beeswax candles with your children. Not only can children feel successful in creating beautiful candles, but there is nothing better than burning beeswax candles in your home…
Getting ready for the Easter weekend? Here is a fun craft that you can make with your children for your Easter table!
Melting hot beeswax to make candles can be a bit tricky with young children, so this craft allows them to safely experience the magical properties of beeswax.
Natural beeswax is a sensory delight! It pleases the senses and calms the mind the minute you pick it up and roll a bit in your hands. Breathe in the wonderful aroma of honey as the wax begins to soften from the warmth of your palms. The movement of rolling and molding the soft wax is therapeutic, relaxing and a perfect activity for children of all ages to try.
Children under 5 will need an adult to supervise.
You will need the following supplies to make two 4″ taper candles:
- 1 sheet of natural beeswax (8″W x 16.5″L)
- 2 pieces of candle wick (metal free) (1/8″D x 4 1/2″L) Note: regular string cannot be substituted for candle wick.
- self healing cutting mat, ruler and cutter (or scissors will work as well)
A beeswax sheet measures approximately 8″W x 16.5″L and is often made in a mold that gives it a raised honeycomb pattern. The natural coloring can vary from pale yellow to medium brown. Sheets can also be dyed in a variety of colors. Beeswax can be bought at a craft or candle making shop. You can also find it at a store that carries bee keeping supplies. It is often called drone wax and is used in new beehives.
Prepare and cut the materials before inviting your child to roll the candles. With your cutter cut beeswax sheet in half creating 2 strips 4″W x 16 1/2″L.
To start, place the wick along the end of one of the strips of wax. Fold the wax over the wick and start rolling away from you.
Gently press the wax onto the layer underneath as you roll to form a tight cylindrical candle.
Periodically check to make sure that your child is rolling evenly so that it has a flat bottom.
If the bottom is not flat, gently press the candle down onto the table to flatten and continue rolling.
Place in a candle safe holder, have an adult light the candle and put it in a safe spot for all to enjoy!