One of our rainy-day activities in our home is to bathe all of our beautiful wood in gorgeous beeswax polish. The kids and I LOVE this task… there’s something so rich and rewarding in working with the natural goodness of beeswax. Our wood drinks it in too and everything looks wonderfully woody and happy when we are done. The beeswax and olive oil leaves our hands and skin feeling smooth and soft. So, when I suggested that we should collect all of our wooden goodies yesterday and do some polishing, the kids let out a whoop of excitement (of course, it’s also a tradition to put a batch of cookies in the oven to treat ourselves after our hard work.)
(Note: the gorgeous felted pebbles in our newly polished wood bowl can be purchased in The Magic Onions Shop)
I make the polish using only beeswax and olive oil. 4 ounces of beeswax to 16 ounces of olive oil – or one part beeswax to 4 parts olive oil. You can use other oils but I prefer olive oil because I always have it on hand.
* 4 oz beeswax
* 16 oz olive oil
The beeswax needs to be melted thoroughly. I work with beeswax a lot and have a crock-pot that I use for all my beeswax melting needs. You can also melt beeswax by making a simple bain-marie on your stove top. Here are instructions for making your own bain-marie using a pot and a recycled jar.
When working with melted beeswax, I always line my working surface with wax paper so that if there is a spill, I can wait for the spilled wax to harden and then gently pry it off the wax paper to use again. When my beeswax is melted, I use a small yoghurt container that I know holds 4 oz, to measure out the wax. I can throw out the container when my mixing is done… less mess.
While the wax is melting, gently warm the oil in the oven, microwave or on the stove top.
I use a recycled container to mix the warm wax and oil together. I pour them in together and use a stick to mix them. I let the mixture sit a little to cool and then mix again. The more you stir the mixture, the smoother it will be. When it is thoroughly mixed and has cooled into a wonderfully smooth and golden paste, I transfer my beeswax polish into a wide-mouthed jar with an airtight lid. It will last for a year… or two if I keep it in the fridge.
When we were done polishing our wood, the kids wanted to wax some more. I let them make one of the crafts that is in this Spring’s Magic Craft Box. We painted some wooden eggs in a lovely soft shade of blue and then polished them with our beeswax polish, letting the wonderful balm sink into the thirsty wooden eggs.
Look at our pretty eggs…
Exciting news, friends… the Spring Magic Craft Boxes are now available. This sweet robins nest is one of the 4 nature-inspired crafts you and your kids will find in your box. Spring Magic Craft Boxes are available in The Magic Onions Shop.
Blessings and magic,