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How to Make a Candle

Though at one time candles were the only way to see through the dark, these days we usually have candles just for decoration. Still they are a wonderful way to light up a room and make it a little more cheerful.

Of course there are lots of candles out there, some are scented for your spa day, some are small and bright for your birthday cake, others are little tea lights for decorative holders, but have you ever heard of beeswax candles? Have you ever made your own candles?

This is a super easy (so easy you’ll wonder why you’ve never done it before) way to make your own candles and bring your own homemade cheery light to any room.  The beeswax has a wonderful honeycomb design, comes in any color you can imagine, is easy to mold and on top of all that, beeswax candles burn clean, last a long time and have a soft sweet smell to them. What more could you want from a candle?

Materials:

  • Beeswax sheets:
    • You can find these at most craft stores or order them online
  • Wicks:
    • This is a square cotton braid. For this project you need wicks coated with wax and you can easily find pre-waxed wicks at your craft store or online
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife or X-Acto knife
  • Ruler

Directions:

  1. Choose the size of candle you want and using your ruler and knife cut the beeswax sheet to get the desired height and width of the candle.
  2. Cut the wick so that ¾ of inch extends beyond one edge of the wax.
  3. Place the wick at one end of the sheet and start rolling the sheet of beeswax over the wick. Some people like to warm the beeswax sheet with a hairdryer to prevent breaking.
  4. Keep on rolling till you’ve rolled the beeswax sheet all the way up. Be careful to keep the rolls tight, but not so tight that you squish the honeycomb design. Make sure you’re keeping the edges even as well.
  5. There should be an edge of your beeswax sheet that you can easily mold into the candle so that it doesn’t unravel.
  6. You have a beeswax candle! (Told you it was easy.)

There are lots of ways to add your own personal touches to these candles. 

Ways to Customize your Beeswax Candle:

  • Stack more than one color of beeswax sheet together and roll them up for a multicolored candle.
  • Using your ruler cut the beeswax sheet with your knife or X-Acto knife at a diagonal (you should get a trapezoid or triangle shape) to roll up a taper candle.
  • You could even integrate smaller, different colored rolls of beeswax into a larger white roll covered with a black roll and make sushi candles! Of course don’t eat them, just burn them.
  • You can even cut out shapes in sheets of beeswax with your knife or cookie cutter and mold them into the side of your candle. 

These candles are so easy to make and therefore easy to unravel and start all over again. So get creative and try out anything idea that strikes your fancy. Be safe burning your candles and never leave a burning candle unattended. And of course have fun!

Have your Say!

What other things, like sushi rolls, could you make with rolled beeswax candles? Share your creative ideas in the comments section.

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Bella: A brown haired highschool junior who meets a pale, sparkly vampire. High jinks ensues.
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[I hope you are proud of how terrible these characters are. I have even gone to the painstaking level of making terrible art of them and writing this in bad grammar. This has caused me so much pain and torture, and I hope it will do the same to you who read it. >:3 *why did i even try and make a form for these monstrosities*]Name: Datenshi Nokibo (Fallen Angel of Hope)Age: TwelveGender: FemaleFandom: DanganronpaUltimate?: Ultimate ???, but actually Ultimate Hope. (so sUGOI DESU)Appearance: I drew this myself and yes i used a base doNT HATE ART IS HARD. AND I KNO SHE HAS NO WINGS BUT SHE CAN HIDE THEM BC SHES A KAWAII SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE.Personality: Datenshi is really kawaii and amai and loves everyone!!! She is bestfriends with all of 77 class and 78 class because she's so kakkoi~ and shes really good at every talent because shes the ultimate hope and has no flaws because she wouldnt forgive herself if she had any!! Flaws are for bakas!!! Shes super depressed tho and gets rlly sad but her friends always cheer her up!!! History: Datenshi was sent to earth from heaven as a fallen angel because her parents didn't love her, so she never met them ever!!! She lived in an orphanage her whole life and people bullied her because she was so sugoi and kakkoi and an angel and not a silly baka like those bullies. She got really depressed but then hopes peak academy found her and let her join to be the ultimate hope!!!!!!! Then she became super kawaii and popular!!!!!! Relationships?: Shes bestfriends with Aoi and Sakura and Ibuki and Peko and she likes Celes and Junko and Hiyoko and Sonia!!! She is dating Byakuya and Chihiro and Mahiru and Mikan bc she loves them all~~~~~!!!! Her enemies are Sayaka and Toko bc Sayaka is super jelous bc she isn't as pretty as her and Toko loves Byakuya but he loves Datenshi!!!!!! >_<Other: Datenshi is a sugoi-kawaii fallen angel!!!!! And she has majikku powers that make her control all the elements!!!! :3 Sugoi, nee~ Name: Arial Age: 1 million human years, looks 13 Gender: Female Fandom: Undertale Species: 1/2-Skeleton, 1/2-Ghost, 1/2-Fairy, 1/2-Vampire, 1/2-Demon Fox~~~~~. Powers: All of sans's powers like Bad Time mode!!! She is more powerful than sans and asriel combined~!!!! Appearance: Yeah i drew dis myself again and I KNO SHE DOESNT HAVE HER EARS AND WINGS AND FANGS BUT SHE CAN HIDE THEM SHUT UP STOP HATING ON MY KAWAII OC. Personality: Arial is super-super-super emo and hates her life and everyone. She will try to kill anyone who goes near her who she doesn't like and succeeds because she's super powerful. Shes really depressed bc of her overly-tragic backstory and thats why she hates everyone. She gets really sad about it and cries about it. But everyone loves her because she's amazing and everyone wants to be her friend~~~~~~~~!!! History: Arial was born on the surface but her parents were killed by humans and she was almost killed her whole life!!! She killed the humans who killed her parents but she almost died!! She was banished down to the underground and lived there with the other monsters and she hated all of them but all of them loved her unconditionally because she's absolutely perfect with no flaws ever at all. Relationships?: She is bestfriends with EVERYONE!!!! Even tho she hates the other monsters. she is dating sans and mettaton and undyne and asgore but loves sans more. She hates ALLL THE HUMANSSSS!!!!! >:c Other: Arial is the most popular monster ever even tho she doesnt like many people but they all love her~~~~!!! [I regret everything end my misery please]
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"XxRuby_PhoenixxX" wrote:I had gone to a Christian school for...   *counting* 1..2..   4 years.   Never learned about LGBTQIA, so I doubt a 6 year old would know about it. You'd be surprised. Some schools are teaching children about these issues in Kindergarten, and a lot of young kids have unrestricted internet access.
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I had gone to a Christian school for...*counting* 1..2..4 years.Never learned about LGBTQIA, so I doubt a 6 year old would know about it.
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How is this even a debate?
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