Month: December 2013

Making Beeswax Christmas Ornaments - from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells
Another handmade ornament that Sola and I made for some of her teachers was beeswax ornaments. To do this, we first took a metal candy/cookie mold and put ribbons in all of the molds, as shown in the picture below. The ribbons that worked best for this project were 1/8” white satin ribbons. Ironically, the ribbons proved to be the most challenging aspect of this craft. First of all, we learned the hard way that any colored ribbon will show through the beeswax. Secondly, we had problems with the ribbons floating down and showing through the ornaments, even when we used white ribbon (note the snowman at the bottom of this post and you can see the ribbon is showing through his face on the right side of the photo). Eventually, I tied the ends in a knot so the ends would not spread apart and float as easily. In addition, I learned that the knot needs to be as close as possible to the ends of the ribbons, in order to prevent the ends from floating. (Note that I remembered to put newspaper under the molds to protect the counters this time! See, I can learn! I only need to repeat a mistake about a dozen times first, but I eventually catch on.)
Making Beeswax Christmas Ornaments - from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells
Next, we melted the wax the same way we did when we made our autumn leaves luminary.
Making Beeswax Christmas Ornaments - from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Then we poured the wax into the molds (adult job). I spilled some, but the ornaments easily detached from the spilled wax. We let the ornaments set for about one hour (or until solid) and removed them by gently pulling on the ribbons. They smell delightful and when we put them on the Christmas tree, the lights heat them up just slightly, such that a faint smell of beeswax fills the room
.Making Beeswax Christmas Ornaments - from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

For the last two years, we have been trying to make homemade Christmas ornaments. One of the easiest that we have made so far was a needle felted gingerbread man. Making a gingerbread man in a wonderful beginning needle felting project for children. To needle felt a gingerbread man, you just need a cookie cutter, […]

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