Beeswax Christmas candles: How to make them yourself with Pearl & Ruby in Spalding
We have chosen to showcase this festive craft because it is great for all ages to have a go at, safe and fun, writes Kayleigh Ayre, of Pearl & Ruby in Red Lion Street, Spalding.
These wax 'Christmas trees' are a great addition to light up your festive table and also make fantastic stocking filler gifts or school teacher gifts. Beeswax candles produce a warm, sweet scent, whether burned or kept intact. Their natural honey yellow colour is sometimes dyed, opening up many decorative possibilities!
Follow these steps to complete your creations:
You will need:
A natural beeswax sheet
A candle wick cut to size
A decorative bee pin (optional)
Ruler and scissors
Lay the sheet of beeswax on a flat surface and measure out long triangles (approx. 40cm in length) and cut to shape.
Warm the wax slightly with a hairdryer as it makes it easier to manipulate.
Place the candle wick along the widest edge and make a tight initial first roll to secure the wick.
Keep rolling the wax by pushing it forward using gentle pressure. Keep the bottom aligned and the candle will gradually taper to give the Christmas tree look.
To finish the candle, warm the end tip of the wax and press it down to seal. Trim the wick and add the decorative bee pin.
Did you know beeswax candles can clean the air when they burn?
Beeswax releases negative ions when it burns and pollen, dust, dirt and other pollutants in the air all carry a positive charge. So the negative ions released from burning beeswax negate the positive charge of air contaminants, and the neutralised ions are sucked back into the candle or fall to the ground!
Beeswax candles clean the air and can reduce indoor pollutants, therefore they can effectively reduce asthma, allergies and hay fever.
Thank you bees!