beeswax star garland

It's beginning to look like Christmas around here, and I love it.
I saw a tutorial somewhere recently on making a garland of beeswax stars, cut from those bumpy sheets of beeswax used to roll and make taper candles. I loved the idea, so I asked at Hands on Crafts, our local source for all things crafty, and they had smooth sheets. Which I like so much better than the bumpy ones! They also have metallic and coloured beeswax sheets, in gold (pictured above) and red, I believe. The plain sheets that I bought were $2.50 per sheet, and I cut 15 large stars from one.

The sheets are super thin, and need a brief warming with a hair dryer to soften them a bit. This helps to prevent them from breaking. Then, just cut them with a cookie cutter (you need to press really firmly on all of the corners to make sure the cutter is through), and string them into a garland,  or individual ornaments if you prefer.

These would also make great little tags for gifts; especially tied to jars filled with homemade goodies. Super simple, inexpensive, and cute! I'll definitely be making more of these before we deliver all of our gifts; act surprised if you get one, okay?


  1. What a fabulous green decorating idea! Thanks for sharing this and your hints and tips on how to make it work better. :)

  2. what a great idea! i just adore beeswax. garlands too.

    i'm down to my last few bars of soap and wondering if you'd like to barter again (after christmas of course!).

    xo, molly

  3. What a great idea! I am sure it smells wonderful!

  4. Thanks, Teresa!

    Molly, I would love to! I'll send you an e-mail.

    Alli, you're totally right - that's one of my favourite things about it, and I forgot to include it in the post. It smells amazing.

  5. Sherrie, these are so pretty! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Anonymous12/08/2011

    What a fabulous idea Sherrie. I have some beeswax ornaments for the tree that I ordered last year from etsy and they smell heavenly. I also love the idea in the first picture of stringing the ornaments. I have a basket full of antique balls that I just might use for this. Thanks for posting. Vickie xxo

  7. What a simple and lovely idea!

  8. What a great idea, so simple and beautiful. And I bet the stars smell nice too :)


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