I cannot remember when, but several years ago, we could not buy Hanukkah candles form anywhere nears us. And it was too late to get it from online.
We live in Hawaii where there are not so much populations of Jewish people live.
Local grossly stores and other decoration stores normally carry the Hanukkah candles around holiday season every year, but that year was a one of those “off holiday season” Hanukkah.
So, we just made the Hanukkah candle!!!
This year Hanukah is just around Holiday season and we can buy the Hanukkah candles from Safeway or other stores, no problem. And we have some stocks from previous years,
But my son just wanted to make the Hanukkah candles.
Our older son is eight-year-old now, and he wanted to make the Hanukkah candles as a gift for grandma, grandma, aunts and uncles who are Jewish and live in mainland. And I am hoping this post is somehow useful for people who want and need to make handmade Hanukkah candle.
And English is my second language, so forgive me any mistake w/writing…
So here we go, happy Hanukkah! Let’s make the Hanukkah candles!
Please be very very careful, the heat from stoves and melted candle wax may burn you.
What you need to make Hanukkah candles
- Ordinary candle (mine was a $5 box, with ten candles)
- Heat-resisting container (I used a empty jelly glass bottle)
- a Pot and water (for double boiling)
- Cotton 100% string (I had some roast beef strings, but does not have to be that one)
- Crayon (optional)
- Ten-foil to cover working area
- Strings and clothespins to dry candles
Cut the candles. Small enough to fit in the container.
I used a empty jelly glass bottle.
(When you are done with this project you can close the lid and use it for later!)
When you are done making the Hanukkah candles, it is hard to clean the container with wax all over, so use something you don’t regret to throw away.
Boil the water but not to bubbly.
If it’s too bubbly, the container starts dancing and water may jump in.
You don’t want that happen.
Put the container with the candles as a double boiler.
Make sure the heat is simmer enough to not let it dance too much.
It takes time to melt and meanwhile we can work on the area around it
Use strings and clothespins make a candle drying area.
Does not have to be above stove but should be somewhere within your arm’s reach
I covered underneath with the ten-foil, so its easy to clean it later.
(in this picture the clothespins are not straight, I fixed it later. Make sure the strings stay straight down)
Getting melted, and you will see the candle strings separated.
the bottle is very hot, so make sure to use a pot holder.
You can leave the strings there but I removed it with chopsticks.
Again anything you use get very waxy, so make sure to not use something you don’t want to throw it away.
Now we need cut some cotton strings.
The roast beef cotton string was little too thick for the candle, so I separated it.
just untwist to separate and twist back again.
We had some other (store made) Hanukkah candles to see the size.
If you really don’t know, call your mom and she will tell you how long it should be.
Just make it little longer than you need to have because we will trim it at the end.
Put some crayon into melted wax glass container
This time we had blue crayon.
After all crayon melted, you should have nice blue melted candle wax.
Ready to make the Hanukkah candles?!
Obviously the bottle is too short to dip whole string, so you have to tilt it to soak into wax. (wops this pic does not have blue crayon…)
And you need hung to let it dry.
It drys enough to move to second dip in several second.
This time we just had several strings all together and did first dip, and came back to the first string and did all over again.
You can make 44 Hanukkah Candles at the same time if you have space and motivation. Or just make few to see how it goes as a sample project.
Maybe eighth dip we did at this point, still super skinny.
(the white ones were made by my five-tear-old, but he gave up..)
Make sure to not let the wax cool down. Keep it on the simmer boiled water.
I was working with my son, so to make sure to not get him burn, I removed the glass container from the boiling water, let him dip three times or less and brought back it to the boiling water to keep it melted.
Be safe and find a best way for you.
The wax forms thin layer and makes ugly bump on your candle if it’s too cool.
The wax Should be warm and smooth liquid.
Not big enough yet
need more dips
Lets measure it
Don’t remember maybe 20th dips
Getting big enough
Cut it to the size you want
if its too big, you can trim it. It’s should be still soft to trim.
Again use plastic knife or something you don’t worry about cleaning it.
We made the Hanukkah candles!
if you have a help for your eight-year-old who is a very good boy, it will only take less than one hour.
(If I were all by myself probably 30 minutes or less…)
My husband told us, it should last at least 30 minutes. So check it if you can burn one, as a test.
When the cotton string inside is too thick it burned faster, when the string is too short, it does not last long.