Beeswax Makes Easy Christmas Ornaments that Smell Sweet, Too!

A Few Sheets of Beeswax are all you Need for These Cute and Easy Christmas Ornaments

If you want to turn out a lot of crafts, easy Christmas ornaments are a must. Anything expensive or complicated is going to have you thinking “why bother?” These beeswax ornaments are the perfect solution. They are cute, simple, inexpensive, and to top it all off, they smell fantastic. Better yet, you have two options. You can decorate your Christmas tree with beeswax gingerbread or make fantastic themed candles for gifts.

What You’ll Need

— several sheets of beeswax in Christmas colors or natural shades (available at any craft store)
— Christmas cookie cutters (my favorites are gingerbread men and trees)
— cutting board
— hair dryer

If you’re making tree ornaments (shown): ribbon for hanging and a sharp toothpick

If you’re making candles: candle wick

The instructions for these easy Christmas ornaments are basically the same whether you want to watch them melt or hang them from the boughs. In fact, they’re so easy you could actually do a batch of both.

Tree Ornaments:

1. Lay a sheet of wax on the cutting board.

2. Cut out three shapes (all identical) with the cookie cutter.

3. Gently warm the wax with the hair dryer and press the three sheets firmly together. While still warm, use the toothpick to work a hole through the top of the ornament. Thread a ribbon through for hanging and just that quickly, you have perfect and easy Christmas ornaments.

Candles:

1. Lay a sheet of wax on the cutting board.

2. Cut out eight shapes (all identical) with the cookie cutter.

3. Gently warm the wax with the hair dryer. Press two sets of wax together so you have two stacks of four. Sandwich the wick between the sets, leaving about a half inch sticking out the top.

4. Press the two piles together. It’s very important that they stick tightly, so don’t be afraid to pull out the hair dryer again. These candles should be strong enough to stand up on their own with eight whole layers of wax, but if you’re worried there are a couple of things you can do:

— drip some wax on a plate and “glue” the candle in place (beeswax is much stickier than ordinary candles);

— burn them in a pie plate so that if they fall, they don’t have anything to destroy;

— create a matching candleholder out of clay; or

— don’t burn them — just enjoy the sight and smell.

If your ornaments start to develop a white film, a quick blast with the hair dryer should eliminate that problem. Package them neatly and you should be able to enjoy these easy Christmas ornaments for years.
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