We have been taking advantage of the gorgeous Spring evenings by eating our dinner outside, al fresco. Before dinner is ready, we light a fire in the fire-pit using dried pine needles and pine cones we have collected. The kids gather sticks and dried leaves too. We chatter and laugh as if we are camping! After dinner, when it has grown dark, it is s’mores time. We light candles, roast marshmallows over the coals and watch the stars come out. It’s all very fun indeed.
These night-time soirees have inspired me to make a few special candles for us. I stocked up on some beeswax, set aside some pretty, recycled jars and dug out the candle-wick I’d been saving.
If you need some high quality and gorgeously smelling beeswax, I have some for sale in The Magic Onions Shop, in half pound and pound blocks.
I have a crock pot that I’ve dedicated to melting beeswax which makes things really easy for me. But, you can make a simple bain-marie to use on your home stove for easy and safe wax melting too. Here is a link to a previous beeswax project that explains how to make a simple and safe bain-marie.
To make the candle, I cut the wick to length. I dip the end of the wick in a little melted beeswax to stick it to the bottom of the glass jar to keep it in place.
A stick across the lip of the jar, keeps the wick straight.
A sheet of wax paper is a great surface to work on. If there is a wax spill, simply let the wax cool, peel off and reuse. When my children are helping me, I have a bowl of room temperature water on hand, just in case there is an accident. I haven’t had to use it yet, fingers crossed.
Let the beeswax set and Voila… such a pretty and aromatic candle to use for al fresco Spring dinners.
Isn’t little Miss Bunny cute?! She is one of the projects from the Spring Magic Craft Box.
Blessings and magic,