Amazing Hostess Gifts - Handcrafted Votive Candles
Handmade votive candles are wonderful small gifts, and making them is a good way to use up beeswax left over from other candle making projects. Just about any small, shallow vessel, such as a Jelly Jar, Sea Shell, or even a Lemon Skin, can be put to new use as a votive. To make the potted terra-cotta candles shown here, start with a collection of three- or four-inch flowerpots (we like the really natural ones you can find a your local plant nursery).
1. Close the drainage hole with a penny or a bit of aluminum foil.
2. In an old saucepan, melt a block of beeswax.
3. Tie a 6-inch length of medium gauge wick (called "W-2") to a twig or pencil. Dip the entire wick in the wax, and pull it straight with your fingers. Suspend the wick in the center of the pot. Pour a tablespoon of wax into the pot to secure the wick in the bottom; let harden for 15 minutes.
You can add crushed lavender, citrus zest, essential oils, even herbs you have in the kitchen to scent your candles!