As our days grow shorter, we are made aware of how valuable light is in our lives. It is precious, and whether you take time to bask in the sun pouring through the window, surround yourself with twinkly lights, or gaze at the moonlight reflecting off the snow, make some time to appreciate light during your Winter days and nights.
Last winter, Penelope and I made some beeswax candles from a kit made by Country Lane Supplies. The kit includes sheets of beeswax and wick cording .
But, you will also need:
- a cutting board
- ruler or straight edge
- hair dryer (optional)
To make a a rolled taper candle, you need to trim a wedge off of the rectangular sheet - along the edge that will be the top of your candle.
The wedge should measure 1/2" at the widest side. See photo above.
Cut a wick to be about an inch or inch and a half longer than your taper candle.
Place the wick about a quarter inch in from the edge of the wax.
Roll carefully the edge of the wax over the wick.
You can warm the wax with a hair dryer or with your hands.
Tuck the wax under the wick.
Make sure you have an even and tight roll.
Continue to roll the candle.
Continue to roll until you arrive at the diameter that is required for your candlestick.
You can measure as you go.
When your candle is thick enough, cut off the excess wax and smooth the seam into the body of the candle.
Trim your wicks and enjoy your winter light!
Penelope also made a snail candle using a cookie cutter. She used the cookie cutter to cut multiple sheets of wax. She sandwiched the wick in the middle.
Anna Lentz, artist, writer, and creativity coach who blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.