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A Winter Night Craft

This simple project is perfect for the days leading up to Christmas and also makes a great gift.  Instructions are easy:

cut stars from beeswax

cut star shapes from yellow or white beeswax sheets,

beeswax stars on candle

place on your candle and press lightly with your fingers.

The warmth of your hand will help the beeswax stick to any candle.

completed candle
You can use these beeswax stars on any other candle you have handy. They don’t have to be made of beeswax for this to work.

That’s it!  Scroll down for resources.

Stars on finished candle

Candlelit Heart

by Mary E. Linton

warm with your handsSomewhere across the winter world tonight

You will be hearing chimes that fill the air;

Christmas extends its all-enfolding light

Across the distance … something we can share.

You will be singing, just the same as I,

These familiar songs we know so well,

And you will see these same stars in your sky

And wish upon that brightest one that fell.

I shall remember you and trim my tree,

One shining star upon the topmost bough;

I will hang wreaths of faith that all may see –

Tonight I glimpse beyond the here and now.

And all the time that we must be apart

I keep a candle in my heart.



All you need is star shaped cutters. We used Kemper Tools Klay Kutters Star Set, which includes 5 different sizes and retails for $10.95. You can buy them from Prairie Craft online. If you know of any other stores that carry them please leave a comment on this post so we have more resources! The candle pillars are made by Living Crafts contributor Jan Schubert of Bee Happy Candles. The photos of the orange and walnut wotives you see on her home page are from the article she contributed in the Winter 2009 issue of Living Crafts! For this project, she dipped her natural beeswax pillars in dark blue beeswax, to give them a night sky effect. All you have to do is cut star shapes from yellow beeswax sheets (we used the Stockmar brand). We bought the single color box and the color used is 05 Lemon Yellow. In her article for the Winter 2009 issue of Living Crafts Jan teaches you how to make walnut and citrus votives. I used her walnut votives as floating candles for my holiday party along with flowers, and it was a real hit. Here’s a photo:

Floating Walnut Candles
Orange Walnut Candles

Living Crafts Winter 2009

I’d love to hear about other candle making and decorating ideas from your family!

Today’s Giveaway

We’re offering you a complete kit, with a box of the beeswax decorating sheets, a package of 5 star cutters, and 6 each blue pillar candles for a night of creative family crafting this holiday. This package is valued at $85. To enter, please leave a comment on this post by 8 p.m. Eastern Time, Sunday, December 19th. Comments close at that time, and the winner will be announced Monday, December 20th.



Update: The winner of the Giveaway is Danielle:  “A wonderful family craft for the holidays, thank you!”

Posted by Living Crafts on Dec 17, 2010 12:09 PM | 178 Comments

178 Responses to “A Winter Night Craft”

  1. Robin says:

    Nothing beats the scent of beeswax, especially as you’re working with it. Lovely gift!

  2. Lynne says:

    We have made these candles before. It is a great, easy and rewarding project. Beeswax burns so beautifully and smells so good. Thank you for offering such a great give-away!

  3. Greeblygreebly says:

    What a lovely craft! We loooove beeswax at our house and those candles are so pretty!

  4. Laura D says:

    This would be such a perfect project for our family.

  5. Danielle C. says:

    Every post on your website leaves me awe-inspired. This craft is absolutely breathtaking!

  6. Monique Verdin says:

    Would love to do this!!

  7. Frau Holle says:

    Beautiful beeswax project. Please enter my name in the drawing, thank you.

  8. Diane says:

    Lovely. What a great, yet simply idea!

  9. Nicole R says:

    What a wonderful project to do with my daughter! Thank you for all the wonderful ideas on your website.

  10. Rebekah says:

    We would have so much fun doing this!

  11. Nadja says:

    Great giweaway and great idea for long winter nights!

  12. melissa melnik says:

    Beautiful! We just made the waldorf lanterns. Great christmas gifts!! Thanks for all the lovely crafting ideas.

  13. Kirstin says:

    I love the pillars!! We have used the Nova Naturals cutters, too, they work great! Fantastic candle ideas, thank you!!

  14. Willew says:

    Just the craft I have been wanting to do with my little ones. Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. Katie says:

    What a great project!

  16. Amanda says:

    What a fantastic project! I love the stars. This would be so much fun!!

  17. Tisa Lucchesi-Cook says:

    very sweet candles- love the colors…

  18. Denise says:

    We LOVE to do this craft! I’d love to have the blue pillar candles– and I’ll happily share the star cutters and wax with others, since we have a good supply.

  19. Cristina Eury says:

    I used white pillar candles & decorated with different colors to create a scene for a child’s birthday, ie flowers, grass at the bottow, a sun at the top. They are beautiful! The love this idea of using the blue candle as the background! It’s so beautiful! I wish I had star cutters, as I had just fumbled around free-handing it…awkwardly…

  20. Susie H. says:

    How neat! Thank you especially for all the resources! xo.

  21. Cheryn says:

    the best magazine…the best projects and resources!

  22. Wendy Kelley says:

    My girls would love this!

  23. Linda Meziere says:

    I love beeswax candles.

  24. Mipo says:

    We were just rolling the honeycomb sheet bees wax last night. What a neat idea to use the star cutter tools to make decoration on it!

  25. Lisa says:

    Nothing better than the smell and beauty of beeswax candles during the holidays!

  26. Shannon Hudson says:

    Will definitely be trying this craft! Thank you so much for the idea! I’m looking forward to switching it up for different holidays (red hearts for Valentine’s Day, etc.)

    • Living Crafts says:

      Shannon, this is such a great idea to do different onces for different holidays. Kemper Tools has different shapes to make hearts, flowers, and so on. thanks for sharing! pardis


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