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.