We attended a Yuletide Festival this December and one of the things that my daughter and I enjoyed the most was the candle making. I thought it was so beautiful watching the children walk slowly around a table and dipping sticks with wicks tied on them into beeswax and then cold water. They continued this rhythm until they had a wonderful candle.
I of course got home and couldn't wait to do it with my older kids on Tuesdays and after school.
Fortunately, I had all the materials. I am regularly given coffee tins which I used in a pot of hot water as a double boiler. I first melted down the wax in a larger tin and pot on the stove top, and then transferred the wax into a smaller, taller tin and pot of water that I kept on the warm setting on the hot plate.
As the children walked around our table, they dipped their wicks into the wax, let it drip, then dabbed it onto a piece of wax paper. They then walked over to the cold water and dipped the candle into the water.
As the children walked around we played some Holiday music.
We did this project on two different occasions. The first was during one of the days of Hanukkah and we talked about honoring the light and the mitzvah of Hanukkah.
The second time we did this project in the afternoon with a small group, this particular day was the day before Winter Solstice and we discussed that we were approaching the shortest day of the year, and that we are bringing our own light into the world through making our candles.
Both felt like a sweet way to honor the concept of light and the importance of it in our lives.
It was very exciting for the kids to see their candles grow each time they walked around the table.
We had a wonderful time enjoying the simple process and ease of making these candles.
One student used her candle on her Daddy's birthday cake, how sweet!
Here are some of our candles.