One of the best things about the holidays are the traditions that go along with them. Whether it’s making cookies, family outings or just sitting down to a meal together, these small rituals take on a much larger meaning. Each year, rather than Friendsgiving, Adam throws a Hanukkah party for our friends. The celebration grows as new friends and significant others join, and last year I was accepted into the fold as co-host. It has become one of my favorite traditions as he gets to share his own family traditions with us and teaches everyone something about the holiday.
This year I wanted to contribute to our decorations, mostly because there are none, by making our own Hanukkah candles for the menorah. It turned out to be so easy! I had a friend over, and we made a craft night of the project. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be Jewish to appreciate this DIY; they make great birthday candles too!
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 lb candle wax
Candle wicks (I made one set of nine candles)
1 metal container/ coffee can
1 pot of boiling water
Something to stir your wax with, such as a wooden skewer
Blue liquid dye (not water-base)
Glass of cold water
Tip: I bought a candle making kit at Michaels for the wax, wicks, stirring stick and the metal container.
First fill half of your pot with water and boil.
Cut your wax into smaller chunks, so it will melt faster. I had to ask for help with this step. Trying to saw through all that wax was going to take longer than I had patience.
Put your wax in the metal container and set it down in your container of water on the stove. Stir the wax occasionally.
Once the wax has melted, add your dye. The more dye you add, the darker color your candles will be. I used about a quarter of the container of dye for my 1 lb of wax. If you want dark blue candles, I suggest adding about half. Mix the dye.
Remove the wax from the water on the stove and transfer to a safe surface. Take your wick and dip it into the wax. Remove and immediately dip into your glass of cold water. Repeat until you have a candle! If you get long wax drips on the bottom, you can roll the candle on a hard surface to get a smoother shape and then cut off the extra wax.
Lay your candles out on the paper towels to harden. I left mine out overnight.
When your candles are hard, paint on a layer of Mod Podge then sprinkle your glitter on the candle. I set the candles in the menorah to dry for 24 hours.
If you used votive wicks, cut the metal plate off the top of the wick, and you’ve just made your very own Hanukkah candles. Easy peasy. What are your favorite holiday traditions?