It’s time to Light the Lights! Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights and what better way to light your Menorah for the eight nights of Hanukkah than with your own homemade Beeswax Candles.
Gather your family for this fun and simple activity.
Did you know you could make your own Hanukkah candles with beeswax sheets? Beeswax sheets come in every shape and size and color and can easily be purchased as part of a Candle Making Kit.
Watch the video and follow the steps below and you’ll be creating your own candles in minutes.
- beeswax candle sheets
- candlewick, cut into 4-1/4” pieces
- blow dryer
Measure out your sheets to 1-½” x 4” and cut with a scissors or plastic throwaway knife and a ruler to help guide you. Cut the wick around 4 -1/4″ long and lay the wick lengthwise across the beeswax so ¼” of the wick is sticking out of the wax.
Heat the wax with a blow dryer for 10 seconds so it is just pliable enough to roll the wax around the wick a few times. Medium heat setting is best.
Start rolling. Press the edges together as you roll.
Keep rolling and quickly blast the blow dryer to seal the last roll to seal the edges together. In order to make sure they are round, put candle on flat surface (like your counter top) and roll with both hands to get a perfectly rounded candle.
Place candles in your Menorah. Or tie a group of candles together and bring your homemade candles as gifts to friends and family to light in their Menorah each night of Hanukkah. Hanukkah uses 44 candles so you’ll need to make quite a few but it’s fun. Don’t worry if your Menorah has a large or small candle base. You can easily mold and squeeze beeswax right into the base of your candle holder so that each candle fits well and stands up straight.
EXTRA FUN: You can also cut Hanukkah shapes out of the beeswax with a cookie cutter and affix the shapes to wider candles with a blow dryer as pictured below.