Kids Can Form Simple Candles With Beeswax

Rolling sheets of beeswax into beautiful candles is a safe and easy way to make unique, attractive gifts with your children.

The steps for making these candles are simple: Cut, press with fingers and roll! Even 4- and 5-year-olds will be thrilled when they touch the honeycomb texture and discover that they can make their own candle in a snap. The steps require no melting other than that provided by your warm breath!

Here’s what you need to make four 4-inch-tall candles:

- One sheet of beeswax (available in natural shades and colors at candle and craft stores or online, typically in 8-inch-by-16-inch sheets)

- Ruler

- Scissors or a pizza cutter

- Candlewicks (available at craft stores)

- Ribbon, gift tags for gift-giving

Here’s the fun:

To make four 4-inch-tall candles, use scissors or a pizza cutter to cut the sheet of beeswax into four rectangles measuring 4 inches by 8 inches. (Assist young children.)

Place one beeswax rectangle on the working table. Lay a 5-inch wick on the short edge of the beeswax with 1 inch hanging over one edge. Using the tips of your fingers, gently but firmly roll the beeswax forward over the wick. Be sure it is tight. Here’s where you might add a little warm breath on the wax. It will soften so that the first roll is snug.

Now, roll the wax over and over down to the end until it forms a candle. Done!

Hold the candle upright, and push the end opposite the wick lightly down on the table to flatten the base. Trim wick. Make several candles for gift-giving. Simply tie them together with ribbon and tuck in a gift bag with a personalized tag.

Extra tip: Cut out small shapes from beeswax sheets in contrasting colors and press them onto the outside of the candles.

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