Making homemade candles with your kids is a great project to get your children into arts and crafts. There are several great uses to the homemade candles you and your kids can make. Homemade candles also make great holiday gifts. They’re also very practical and come in handy in case you need some extra lighting in your garden, since they add to overall atmosphere. You can also just put them over your fireplace as a beautiful decoration and cherished memory. And by making candles with your kids you now have a shared hobby you can bond over for a lifetime.
Some parents worry about letting their children make candles for safety reasons. After all letting your kids play with hot wax doesn’t sound safe at all. It is true, young children shouldn’t be involved in traditional candle making activities until they get a little older. But there are several alternatives to traditional candle making, like beeswax candle making, that are one hundred percent safe for children of all ages.
Beeswax candle making is the ideal way to make candles with your children because it is the solution to the problems of safety risks posed by traditional candle making. Beeswax candle making is so safe for kids because beeswax is naturally soft and doesn’t need to be melted at any time during the candle making process. Your natural body heat is all that’s required to mold the wax into any shape of candle you desire. Plus beeswax is cheap and readily available at almost all arts and crafts stores. Beeswax is usually sold in sheets, and your kids will love all the different colors of beeswax they can choose from.
Beeswax candle making is also so great for kids because of how simple and easy it is to do. All your need to make a homemade beeswax candle is one sheet of beeswax, a wick, and pair of scissors if you wish to trim the wick of the candle. Some candle makers also use a hair dryer when making beeswax candles, as giving a sheet of beeswax a quick blast with a hair dryer can heat it up and make it even easier to mold without melting the beeswax.
To make a beeswax candle, start out by selecting a wick that is at least a half inch longer than the shortest side of the beeswax sheet. Then simply lay the wick on. If you want to use a hair dryer to make the beeswax easier to mold, now is time to give it a quick blast.
To start rolling the candle, lift the entire side of the wax up and tightly wrap it around the wick, making sure to seal all the edges in securely so you’ll be able to roll the candle evenly from here on. Continue rolling the candle applying pressure but not so much you leave the candle deformed. If you don’t roll the candle tight it will not burn properly so while rolling make sure you routinely check to make sure the edges are aligned properly.
After you finish rolling the candle you will need to seal it. To seal the candle just take your finger and gently apply pressure up and down the candle, and your natural body heat will be enough to seal the candle. Make sure to repeat the sealing step until the candle adheres and there’s no visible separation between the layers of beeswax. Also be careful as not to press too hard when sealing the candle, as too much pressure can cause you to make the candle.
The last step to making your beeswax candle is trimming the wick. After sealed take the wick of the candle and using a pair of scissors cut off any excess wick until the wick is of suitable length. On the bottom of the candle the wick should not be visible and as close to the base of the candle if possible, while on the other side one fourth of an inch usually proves to be a suitable length that is easy to light and allows the candle to burn properly.
This post was written by Sashka. She is a part time blogger. She loves writing about fashion, decorating , DIY projects, home improvement. This article was inspired by creative ideas and tips on safe candle making for kids.