Pretty sure "wax into candles" is as obvious as it gets, but I'm not concerned. This was a totally fun and simple (and useful!) project. I saw a beeswax candle tutorial on Oh Happy Day last week and immediately ordered a beeswax kit from Amazon.
I made up a bunch of eight inch tapers and a few smaller (about 2.75 inch tall) wide ones to fit in our reindeer candle holders. (Note, the color of the wax is much more accurate in these photos versus the top two.)
I was impressed with how easy the wax was to work with. I rolled the candles on our cold stone floor and was careful to roll them as tight as possible. According to the directions that helps them burn for longer.
I also loved how clean the beeswax burned and the subtle but sweet scent they put off. Totally rad. We only light tapers around the holidays, but I could totally see myself using some of the short and wide ones throughout the rest of winter and into spring. This was not a cheap project (the kit was over $30 with shipping) but I am totally pleased with how it turned out.
Since my brother and I were little, "candle nights" as my family called them, have been a BIG tradition. We would light around 50 candles plus the tree and sit and chat about our days about once a week throughout December. As a kid it was pure magic. This is the first year we have had so many candles (it's taken me a while to build up a holiday decor box) and I am getting Paul excited about candle nights. I'd LOVE to continue this tradition with our little ones in a few years.
if you are curious, basically all of our decorations are from Target or Crate & Barrel holiday clearance with a few exceptions : those wood candle holders from Peg & Awl, and glass taper holders from CB2 a few years ago. Here is the ampersand string art tutorial.
This is project 17 of 27. I am attempting to complete 27 craft projects using 27 different materials before I turn 28 on 02.22.13. You can follow my progress here on the blog or on pinterest. Birthday challenges are my favorite. You can see the 26 Projects I completed while 26 here and the 27 materials I have used so far here.