- Sheet of beeswax
- Utility knife
- Newspaper and wax paper
- Yardstick Candlewick
- Place the beeswax on newspaper covered with wax paper.
- Lay the yardstick so it bisects the wax diagonally.
- Cut the wax in half along the yardstick with a utility knife. Set aside half the wax.
- Each wax triangle will make 1 candle.
- Turn the paper so the shortest edge of the wax triangle is near you.
- Cut a length of candlewick 2 inches longer than this edge.
- Lay the wick along this edge so a little wick sticks out beyond each end.
- Starting at this edge, help your child roll up the wax and press it into the wick.
- Work slowly so the warmth of her hands softens the wax.
- Continue rolling the wax, trying to keep the perpendicular edge (which will be the bottom of the candle) even.
- When you've finished, press the end of the wax triangle firmly into the candle.
- If the bottom of the candle is uneven, tap it gently on your work surface.
- Trim the wick to 1/2 inch at the top of the candle and cut off the wick at the bottom.
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