Havdalah bee's wax candles are simple to make, and a nice crafting activity for kids. Make a bunch for gifts, and while you're at it, how about making some little chanukah candles? Admittedly, little chanukah candles require more skill, but look amazing, so do give it a try!
sheets of bee's wax, in natural or colored, one sheet per candle (generally)
a tiny decorative bee (optional)
Carefully lay a sheet of bee's wax on a flat surface, place two wicks just inside the edge closest to you, and start rolling away from you carefully and consistently for a tightly rolled beautiful candle. The sheets are rectangular, so you can decide if you'd like a taller candle like this one, or a shorter and wider one, by rolling from the short side of the sheet.
With or without the little plastic bees, which you may or may not be able to find, there's nothing quite like bee's wax candles! And of course you may be able to find some little bee charms, or little wooden bees, which could also work.
And now for a little Hebrew lesson: The word "havdalah" comes from the hebrew word l'havdil, which means to separate. And the havdalah ceremony which we perform (which includes lighting a havdalah candle) separates between shabbat and the new week. What better way to honor this beautiful time and usher in the new week than with a home made candle!
Whoops almost forgot, you'll certainly want to decorate some nice matchbook covers to go with your candles, right? So check out my washi tape matchbox, as well as my decoupaged matchboxes, both great projects for all ages!
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