There is something about the scent of beeswax that always makes me think of the holiday season. I remember late evenings in my garage next to my dad with pounds and pounds of beeswax ready to be molded into figurines and candles, a tradition we started when he began keeping bees. Even today, our house is filled with the scent of beeswax at Christmas when we uncover boxes and boxes of candles that never seem to lose their fragrance.
The sweet fragrance of beeswax makes for a perfect holiday gift and, like it or not, all of my elementary school teachers got a beeswax gift of some sort from me in my younger years. Beeswax candles burn slow with a virtually smoke free flame, giving off more light and heat than typical paraffin or soy candles. In addition, they do not contain the harmful chemicals or toxins candles found in the store often contain, allowing them to burn cleaner.
The supplies needed to make candles from beeswax are simple and can be easily picked up at your local craft store. They include: beeswax, candlewicks, wick tabs, super glue, pliers, and jars (I like mason).
Tutorials abound online for beeswax candle projects and if you’re looking for DIY holiday gifts this just might be the present you are looking for. When I am home over the holidays, I plan on digging up some supplies in the garage and trying my hand again at making some of these candles and sending my friends and family ones a homemade, love-filled gift.