While traditional methods for making candles can be difficult and dangerous for young children, creating beautiful beeswax candles in a variety of shapes and sizes is pleasing, easy and safe.
Even 4- and 5-year-olds can roll the candles on their own in a snap, once the beeswax is cut to size. They'll especially enjoy handling the honeycomb texture and smelling the honey-scented candles as they burn. Once you begin working with beeswax, you'll want to make holiday candles for gifts and to brighten your home for a special holiday accent.Here are the supplies you will need:
- One sheet of beeswax (generally available at candle and craft supply stores in 8-inch x 16-inch sheets for about $2)
- Candlewick cording
To make four 4-inch taper candles:
Use scissors to cut the sheet of beeswax in rectangles, 4 inches x 8 inches. (Assist young children.)
Place one beeswax rectangle on the table. Lay a 5-inch wick on the short edge of the beeswax with 1 inch hanging over the edge.
Begin making the candle by rolling the beeswax firmly over the wick using the tips of your fingers. (The wick will stay in place as the wax sticks to itself.) Continue to roll the wax tightly to avoid any air pockets between layers. When you reach the end of the beeswax rectangle, your candle is done!
To make four chunky votive-style candles:
Cut the sheet of beeswax in four 2-inch x 16-inch rectangles and cut 3-inch wicks.
Follow above instructions.
Note: When burning candles, an adult should always be present to supervise.