How-to: Make Beeswax Cut-outs to Decorate Candles (or Your House)

  • stacked candles: Press out an even number of cut-outs, and divide them into two stacks. Cut a wick to size and press it in between the two stacks, using a heat gun, if necessary.
  • adding beeswax cut-outs using a heat gun
    Sydney uses a heat gun to add her name in beeswax cut-outs to the candle that she made.

    decorative candles: Press beeswax cut-outs onto any candle, homemade or store-bought, using a heat gun to warm up the wax and make it easier to adhere the cut-outs, if necessary. This is an especially useful trick to use with candles for a party or other event, since you can easily embellish them with a name or number using the beeswax cut-outs.

  • buntings: Beeswax cut-outs are thin but stiff; in terms of workability, they’re distant cousins to felt. Use a hole punch or awl to put holes into two sides of the beeswax cut-outs, then use twine, knotted between the cut-outs, to string them into a bunting.
  • Christmas ornament: Punch a hole at the top of a single beeswax cut-out or a stack of cut-outs and tie a loop for hanging from the Christmas tree.
  • luminaries: Beeswax cut-outs can also be pressed into upcycled Mason jar or oiled paper lanterns–you’ll probably need to make ample use of your heat gun (or a little hot glue) to adhere the wax, but it will be nicely translucent when the lantern is lit.

Beeswax cut-outs are a nice way to use up the scraps of wax sheets that tend to accumulate when you make your winter’s supply of candles. The biggest challenge in my house, and one that I don’t even attempt to take on, would be to convince my two kiddos that every single candle in our house does NOT need to be blinged out with a million cut-outs!

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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