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Making Chanukah Candles

Making Chanukah Candles

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As the days grow shorter and winter peaks its head, our role is to bring even greater light to the darkness. Lighting Chanukah candles is one of the ways that we accomplish this. A holiday that all children look forward to, the more they can prepare for the holiday, the more memorable it will be. This is why making beeswax candles is the perfect easy craft to do with kids and prepare your home for Chanukah. These hand-rolled candles, made from sheets of beeswax, come in various colors, from ivory to deep olive green, and are perfect for using in the Menorah and are easy to create. 

  1. First, you will need to gather your supplies. Everything you need can be purchased at any local craft store. You will need:
  • Utility knife
  • Ruler
  • Sheets of bees-wax (cut into 2 x 4.5 rectangles)
  • Wicks (cut into 5.5 inch lengths)
  • Blow-dryer (or anything that can warm the wax to make it more pliable)

  2.  Using the utility knife, cut wax sheets into 2 x 4.5 inch rectangles.

  3.  Cut the wick into 5.5 inch pieces; tie a knot close to one end.

  4.  Warm the wax (with the blow-dryer), just until it is pliable, for about 10 to 15 seconds.

  5.  Lay one strand of wick along the edge of a cut sheet of wax, so that the knot is at the bottom and there is ¾ inch of wick hanging beyond the top of the wax.

  6.  Tightly roll the wax around the wick; press the seam with your finger to smooth and seal.

If you want to use the candles for your own menorah, after you make your first candle, check to see if it fits into your Menorah. If not, you can play with the size of the wax sheets until it is a perfect fit.

Enjoy!

Chaiya Shira Jankovic is a middle school English teacher, currently residing in Denver, Colorado with her husband.
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Chana Haifa, Israel December 15, 2008

beeswax Chanukah candles This is a great craft to do with kids and it's easy enough so that even a Mom who's not artsy-craftsy at all can do it! We had a bit of a problem making the ends of the candles small enough to fit in the candle cups/holders though. I gather I should just use somewhat smaller sheets then? Love the blowdryer idea! Reply

Kelly Rae Sydney, AU January 20, 2007

Beeswax Candles These candles are incredibly easy to make and smell so delicious when burning.

In the past I have only purchased sheets of 'natural' colored beeswax. I had no idea they came in colours!

They also make great gifts and keep their scent for a long time so one can have extras stored for later. The bottoms can be molded by hand to fit into any candle holder as well.

Thank you so much for the fantastic article!
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Anonymous Loveland, OH December 12, 2006

Chanukkah candle article Wow...what a wonderful and innovative way to get children involved in the celebration of Chanukah with the emphasis on a positive, creative endeavor. I am excited to give this idea a try!!! Thank Mrs. Jankovic for the suggestion. I look forward to reading more from this author. Reply

Anonymous houston, TX December 11, 2006

Thanks for the advise I very much enjoyed reading the article on "Making Chanukah Candles". I truly appreciate Mrs. Jankovic's sound and practical advise how to intigrate children into Chanukah festivities.

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