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Project

Wax Snowflakes

Just like the real thing, no two of our wax snowflakes are exactly alike. To create them, we used a special cookie cutter set that contains separate pieces for making cutouts. Choose wax with a honeycomb finish, which has a pretty pattern and texture. Hang the flakes on a tree or in a window.

Introduction

For any of these projects, you need only master a few basic techniques. Find 8 1/2-by-16 3/4-inch sheets of beeswax-and many of the other materials-at crafts stores. Store leftover sheets and your creations in a cool, dry place.

Materials

  • Colored beeswax sheets
  • Baking sheet
  • Hair dryer
  • Metal cookie cutters
  • Cotton wicking
  • Cocktail picks
  • Flat toothpicks
  • Silver cord
  • Thumbtack
  • Utility knife
  • Ruler

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Place a wax sheet on baking sheet; apply low heat from hair dryer. Cut 4 or 6 shapes (depending on the thickness you want) with a cookie cutter. You'll layer the shapes to create a more substantial figure.

  2. Step 2

    To make a candle, align a length of wicking down the center of one of your shapes, leaving about 1/2 to 1 inch of space at the bottom and allowing 1/2 inch to extend over the top. If you'll be placing the candle on a dessert, align a pick (use cocktail picks for larger candles and flat toothpicks for smaller ones) at the bottom, leaving a bit of space between wick and pick. Lay another shape on top, and press together with fingertips, beginning at the center and working outward. Repeat to join remaining layers, adding equal numbers on both sides of the wick. When all shapes are in place, apply low heat from a hair dryer; press again. For an ornament, sandwich a looped piece of cord between the innermost layers, and adhere as above.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, Volume 145 December 2005

Reviews (5)

  • KellySpears 3 Dec, 2008

    Look on the "Attaching WIcks

  • kimjharvey 31 Oct, 2008

    Am I missing something in the directions? What are you supposed to do with the cotton wicking, silver cord (can figure that out I guess) thumbtack, utility knife and ruler? Guess you need to be creative, and maybe these tools will help? Really poor instructions!

  • origamidoll 13 Dec, 2007

    My cookie cutter set came today and they are perfect for this project. See previous post for source.

  • origamidoll 7 Dec, 2007

    I googled "snowflake cookie cutter" and found some sources. One is "The Cookie Cutter Shop" (www.cookiecuttershop.com), which offers an 8-pc set of outside and inside cutters. I just ordered a set, plus some other cute cutters to make the shipping worth it. An Amazon.com shop also has a simiilar set but charges more for shipping. And google shows a few other sets and sources.

    I am a snowflake nut, myself.

  • 2bikegirl 6 Dec, 2007

    My daughter is interested in trying these--any idea where to get the special cutters?
    Thanks.