Making candles this way is surprisingly quick and easy - easy enough for kids to do, with a little help for their first try. I confess, I got so carried away 'testing' out this little craft, further supplies had to be ordered. Beeswax sheets are readily available online from soap/candle suppliers and come in large sheets, sized 42cm x 20.5cm. I found that two tall candles were easily made from one sheet of wax and so commenced slicing my newly purchased beeswax sheets in half!
|Beeswax sheets 21cm x 10.2cm|
Some extra wick, sold by the metre was also ordered. For this, I chose a medium thickness.
The total time needed to make one candle is only about a minute or two..perfect for a kids party where chaos reigns!
To start off, the beeswax sheets need to be warmed slightly over a heat source until they are bendy and flexible to prevent them from snapping or crumbling when rolling. The heat source could be a sunny windowsill, a hairdryer or a heater/fireplace. During the party I chose to use the hairdryer for speed, but if on my own, prefer to use the heater/fireplace which is just so nice so sit by!
Hold the sheets about 20cm away from the heat source and move it gently in front of it. It should only take about 20-30 seconds for the sheet to become flexible enough to roll (longer if sitting them on a sunny windowsill).
Place the now soft beeswax sheet onto the work surface and place a piece of wick along one side, just up from the edge (about 0.5cm). The wick needs to overhang at one end by a couple of centimeters. Press the wick lightly into the wax to fix it into place.
Fold the edge of the wax over the wick, pressing gently again, to firm the wax onto the wick.
Once this step is completed, the wax can be rolled up smoothly and swiftly, creating the candle.
Press the outer edge of the beeswax sheet slightly to secure it to the body of the candle. Trim the wick to about 1cm and set aside until ready to light.
Beeswax candles are so lovely to burn, they have a slight honey fragrance and seem to glow from within.
The smallish people really enjoyed this craft and with the 11yo supervising, we got through helping them roll the candles in record time. A really fun party activity and interesting addition to the take home 'goody bag'.