Recently I came across some great poker shaped cookie cutters. They were in the shapes of diamonds, spade, hearts, and club. After seeing them I couldn’t help but be inspired to use them to make some poker shaped candles out of beeswax.
These simple poker inspired beeswax candles make the perfect hostess gift or even something you can make for your own weekly poker game.
Working with beeswax candle is a simple an easy craft. You do not have to have any candle making experience to accomplish this simple poker themed craft project.
Overall I think this simple poker themed beeswax candle project should take you less than 30 minutes. You should expect to pay about $20 for materials, but you will end up with a large number of great poker themed candles.
To Make These poker themed Beeswax Candle you Will Need:
14 pieces of beeswax in red and black
size #3 cotton candle wick
Diamond, spade, club, and heart shaped cookie cutters
The first thing you need to do is to Unroll beeswax. Do this on a flat work surface. You may want to go ahead and plug in a hairdryer near you. This will help to gently heat the beeswax any time you need to.
Now, use your poker themed cookie cutters to cut out an even number of card suit shapes from the wax. I like to cut out 10 pieces for each candle my poker themed cookie cutters for this project, but you can do 8 or even 12. Play around with the thickness of your candle so that it works for you.
Now, you need to separate cuttings into two even piles.
From the first pile take one piece of wax at a time and stack it onto another from the same pile and press firmly so that they stick together.
Now, Once all of the wax from pile one is stuck together does the same thing to pile two. You should have two even stack so poker themed beeswax.
When both piles are done put a wick between both playing card suit piles. You will need to press firmly until they are stuck together.
You may find it handy to use the hairdryer at this point to gently stick the wax pieces together. Do not melt the wax completely. You don’t want to ruin the look of your poker themed beeswax candles. A little heat really will go along way in making the poker themed shapes stick together.
Use candleholders that have the spike in them to hold the poker themed beeswax candles in place.
Those great candleholders that hole about 5 candles at different heights are a great way to show off your Christmas shapes.
You can complete this candle craft project as described before, but add some fun embellishments to make the poker themed candles really unique. I like to cut some smaller card suit beeswax shapes out with mini cookie cutters. Make sure these will fit onto the original shape. Then press the smaller shapes in place on the outside of the candle. So, for instance you could cut out large spade shapes with you cookie cutters. Use a mini spade shaped cookie cuter and you have a simple and elegant more three-dimensional look to the whole candle.
Always cut the wick down to about 3/8 inch sticking up over the poker themed candle. A wick that is too long can be a dangerous fire hazard.