Summer is the perfect time to make these mini havdalah candles. All it takes is a hot summer day and some thin candles in a foil pan.
Start with some thin candles. I found mine online from the Crate and Barrel outlet store.
Wait for a hot sunny day. Place the candles in a disposable foil pan and place in the sun. Depending on where you live and the temperature will determine how long it will take for the candles to get soft. Be careful they don't melt too much or you'll have a runny mess! They should just be soft enough to be flexible so you are able to braid.
These can also be placed in a microwave oven for two minutes or so (again, every oven is different so you'll have to experiment) just until they are soft enough to braid. Work quickly before the wax starts to harden.
Mine are short and will only be used a few times...for a longer lasting candle look for long tapers.
Older children can join in making these...as long as they know how to braid.
Wrap a bunch of candles in some silky ribbon—it makes a great hostess gift! If you'd like to learn more about the havdalah ceremony you can read about it here.
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