Who doesn’t love a little ambience and turning a hand to some bee-tastic crafts! These tapered beeswax candles are super easy to make, are pretty and purposeful, and the ideal gift for birthdays and Christmas.
What you’ll need…
- Three full size 100% NZ Beeswax Sheets
- A roll of Pure Cotton Unbleached Wick
Wax sheet and wick supplies are available online and instore from retailers across the country, including Kotare Krafts, Candle Creations, Mossops Honey and Dees Bees.
Step 1: Cut a sheet of beeswax in half to make a standard-size taper candle (roughly 45cm).
Step 2: Measure the wick or ‘string’ against a cut (halved) sheet of beeswax, ensuring there’s an additional 2.5cm of wick at the very top of the candle. Use scissors to cut the wick.
Step 3: Press the wick into the beeswax sheet. Remember, there should be approximately 2.5cm of wick overflowing from the top.
Step 4: Tightly fold the beeswax sheet over the wick to secure it in place, then continue rolling the sheet to make a candle. The tighter the candle is rolled, the slower it will burn.
Step 5: Repeat the steps above to make your other candles. One sheet of halved beeswax will make two candles.
Pop your candle into a holder or secure in a glass jar (with a little hot dripped wax to hold it in place) and shine away!