Some of you may remember this post about beeswax cookie cutter candles. Ever since then, I had been turning over in my mind a way to make heart candles, and then I realized- I just had to make vertical stacks instead of horizontal ones…
I gathered up my children and supplies, and we started cutting out hearts. We each used two or three beeswax candle sheets for this project, and our tools included assorted cookie cutters, cutting boards, wooden skewers, and candle wick. Beeswax sheets handle best if they are warm; I find placing them in a sunny window for a few hours before you begin is the best way to warm them. They really “catch” the warmth of the sun and become pliable and easy to work with. You can also hold them over a steaming pot of water for a few seconds or run a blow dryer over them for faster results.
After pressing the cookie cutter down on one side, flip the sheet and cookie cutter upside down and finish pressing the wax downward towards the cutting board.
My eight year old was able to analyze how best to use each sheet so that there would be minimal scraps. I helped my four year old place her cutter streategically. :) At the end of the project, we gathered each color into its own scrap ball. I save these in a mason jar for future projects- melting down and adding color to homemade beeswax crayons, modeling wax, or candles. I think we’ll be using these scraps to make Valentine tealights or floating walnut shell candles.
The shapes quickly stacked up. You may wish to rub a few drops of your favorite sweet smelling essential oils onto the cutouts, but be careful- some essential oils are highly flammable.
We carefully made holes through the center of each candle cutout. After the first one, we used each consecutive cutout hole as a guide for our next hole, to be sure all the holes would line up well. My eight year old was able to do this on his own, but I did my four year old’s holes for her (she might have been able to do it but her attention span was elsewhere, lol!).
Next, we strung them onto the candle wick. This was the trickiest part- but again, my eight year old was able to do it. If your holes are big enough, you shouldn’t have much trouble. Next time, I think I’ll dip the tip of the wick in some melted wax to keep it from fraying, so it is easier to pull through. Save one sheet for the base sheet of the candle, no hole.
When you are finished stringing your shapes onto the wick, pull the wick firmly to ensure it has not looped up in between sheets and there is no slack. Press your sheets firmly together, and again pull your wick firmly so it is taut. Then trim the wick flush with the bottom, and press it down onto the reserved “base” cutout. Trim the top about half an inch from the uppermost cutout. Your candle is done!
My children absolutely loved this craft, and the results were lovely. They will make great gifts, centerpieces for our Valentine meal table, and the possibilities with other seasonal celebrations and cutout shapes are endless! Our candles lasted 2-3 hours.
Candlemas is coming up this Sunday, too. If you are in need of beeswax sheets or candlemaking supplies, visit my newly redesigned shop- you’ll find everything you need. You can order kits of 8 sheets in natural, rainbow, or a special Valentine assortment- or just pick and choose individual sheets from a selection of 17 colors. To receive your items in time for Candlemas, get your orders in by midnight today (Tuesday, January 28th).
If you read my last post, you know my family has faced challenging times recently. One of my struggles has been that my website provider outsourced to a new service, and to get the Cedar Ring Circle website up and running, there is a lot of tweaking to do. It takes time, and as I redo countless hours’ worth of work, I appreciate everyone’s patience. It will be worth it- the new site is beautiful and much more functional. I’d also like to transform a difficult task into a fun, creative process supported by the intentions, enthusiasm, and interest of our wonderful online Waldorf community, as well as keep everyone engaged as the website grows and new products are added. In that vein, one of our co-op members is creating a special peg doll named Woody, and Woody is going to be making random appearances throughout the Cedar Ring Circle catalog. Each week, he’ll be hijacking a new product photo, and each week, the person to spot Woody first and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on the Cedar Ring Circle facebook page will get a $10 credit towards in stock items. I’ll announce Woody’s first appearance soon!
In the meantime, let’s kick off the newly designed website and the first products I’ve uploaded to it so far with a giveaway!
The giveaway includes a copy of Winter Nature Activities With Children, 20 beeswax sheets in your choice of colors, a set of 40 assorted peg people, and a $50 gift certificate for in stock items at Cedar Ring Circle (and I’ll be adding new items all week!). Ships free to US recipients; winners from other countries must pay shipping costs.
To enter, leave one comment per person letting me know how many points you earned…
- 1 point for visiting the new site and sharing what you like best about the new design
- 2 points for sharing the giveaway on facebook or if you don’t have facebook, with a friend
- 3 points for signing up for the Cedar Ring Circle newsletter (do this right on the new website) *if you do not already receive it*
Giveaway will end Friday, February 1st. Good luck!