How to Make Blackened Beeswax Ornaments

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Long before we were able to buy colorful glass balls to decorate our trees. People made their own natural decorations for their homes or the holiday tree. That desire to create beautiful things from nature remains alive today. Beeswax is a common crafting medium and to make it a bit unique, the process of blackening is often used. With a few materials, you you can begin your own family tradition. Learn how to make blackened beeswax Christmas ornaments to use for the holidays and keep for years to come.

Various blackened beeswax wax ornaments.

Blackened Beeswax Ornaments for Christmas

The tradition of using wax for ornament making seems to have originated in Germany. It was German bakers who were first to use tin cookie molds to create beeswax decorations. 

In colonial America this tradition continued. These pioneers used what they had on hand. Many types of molds or forms were used to create beeswax projects. 

Stoneware cookie molds were a favorite and they are still used today. Just another one of many amazing uses for beeswax.

What is Blackened Beeswax

In addition to the normal lovely appearance of beeswax, many crafters enjoy using paints, wax colorants and scents to make unique creations.

If you want a deep blackened wax project, using an artificial wax colorant or crayons is the most reliable method. This is a bit different than the traditional folk-art craft – but it is a more reliable way to achieve a consistent dark shade..

There are several ways to blacken wax but the most common natural method is with ground cinnamon.

These directions will teach you how to create our own blackened beeswax ornaments using cinnamon.

Honestly, mine are more brown than black because of the type of cinnamon I choose to use. However, the process is exactly the same.

Materials

  • molds
  • beeswax
  • cinnamon
  • mold release spray
  • hanger

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Molds

Using clay cookie molds (such as the Brown Bag Molds – or similar) is one of the easiest ways to create ornaments with wax. They cool slowly.  

Any size mold will work well and those with a deeper depth are easier to work with and will produce a sturdier ornament. You do need a mold-not a cookie stamp.

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Many crafters love using the old Brown Bag Cookie molds – as I am in this project. I found mine on Ebay.

Prepare your clay cookie molds before pouring wax. They should be clean with no bits of dirt, dust, or debris inside the molds.

Beeswax

If you are using raw beeswax, be sure you clean your beeswax before you start. The color of beeswax used for this project does not really matter – don’t pay extra for light colors.

Purchase wax straight from a local beekeeper or you can buy bars or pellets ready to use.

Cinnamon

You can use any type or brand of cinnamon. The darker – the better as we will be rubbing it into the wax surface. For most crafters, Saigon cinnamon is the darkest available variety.

Major steps of making blackened beeswax Christmas ornaments by melting wax pouring into mold and brushing with cinnamon.

Process Steps

1. Safely melt your clean wax. This is best done in a small double boiler that is dedicated to wax projects. Overheated beeswax can become flammable. Be careful – you only need to melt the wax.

2. Prepare your clay cookie mold. Buy a can of mold release – you will be glad you did. In a pinch, a light brush of olive oil can work.

3. For the first one, expect to make two pours. You might skip this step if your clay mold is already warm. The wax may pull away from a cold mold too quickly and curl. The second pour is usually nicer.

The hanger will be inserted before the wax starts to solidify. Fold a section of jute in half and stick the cut ends in the hot wax. In a few seconds, you should be able to let go.

4. When the ornament is cool but still warm – remove from mold. Spread on a heavy coat of cinnamon and rub firmly. If you have trouble getting the cinnamon to stick – try warming the surface just a bit with a hair dryer.

Let everything cool with the ornament on a flat surface. Use a brush to remove the excess cinnamon.

Expert Tips:

  • Some types of cinnamon are darker than others. I used Ceylon cinnamon (pictured ornaments) because that’s what I had on hand.  If you chose a darker cinnamon (Saigon), your ornaments will take on a more blackened appearance.
  • Safety Alert – Beeswax is flammable if overheated. Always melt wax with constant supervision and take all precautions to prevent fire or burns.
  • Don’t skimp on the mold release or it will be difficult to remove your ornament.
  • Make sure your cookie mold is sitting on a level surface.

Use Blackened Beeswax Ornaments Without a Tree

Well not everyone has a tree to hang ornaments on but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them. Here are some ideas of how to use them even if you do not put up a tree.

  • Use as part of a centerpiece for the table
  • They can be used in lieu of regular place cards
  • Special additions to a holiday wreath
  • String a garland of ornaments across a window

This is a great folk art craft to recreate natural decorations for your home. I prefer the natural color and scent of fresh beeswax. However, you can add any fragrance approved for candle use to your wax ornament.

More Ideas

This is only the beginning of the many beeswax project you can make. This tutorial for making scented wax sachets is another cool way to freshen up any room.

For those of you who enjoy natural bath products, these easy beeswax soap recipes are something to consider.

And, if making things and giving natural gifts are “your thing”, consider making some homemade fire starters using beeswax. They are easy to make and use and make a great small gift.

Final Thoughts

Creating your own blackened beeswax ornaments is a great way to bring an old-world tradition into your home. With thousands of mold choices, you are only limited by your imagination. The process can be used to make special ornaments for any occasion.

Various beeswax christmas ornaments blackened image.

Blackened Beeswax Christmas Ornaments Tutorial

Charlotte Anderson @ Carolina Honeybees, LLC
Create your own unique blackened beeswax Christmas ornaments using these step by step directions. This process uses clay cookie molds and ground cinnamon for a truly traditional hand made Christmas ornament experience.
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Tools

Supplies
 

  • 8 ounces beeswax (net wt)
  • 18 inches jute twine for hangers 3 pieces -6″ long
  • 1 can Mold Release Spray or cooking spray
  • 6 tablespoons Cinnamon any dark

Instructions
 

  • Melt beeswax using the double boiler method.  You do not want it to be extremely hot –just heat it enough to turn the wax liquid.
    Melting wax in pot image.
  • Prepare your clay cookie molds (Brown Bag or other).  They should be clean with no bits of dirt, dust, or debris inside the molds.
    Generously spray each mold with a coating of mold release or cooking spray.  This helps remove the finished ornament from the mold.
    Using spray on cookie mold image.
  • Use a level to ensure that your molds are setting on a level surface.  Use small craft sticks, etc to make sure the mold is level both ways. 
    This helps prevent wax from pouring over the side while filling.
    Use tool to level mold image.
  • Cut the jute twine (or whatever your hanger choice material) into 6” lengths.  They can be any length but 6” inches works well for me.
    Sections of jute twine to make hanger for blackened beeswax ornament image.
  • Slowly fill the cookie mold with melted wax, do not overfill.  Only fill one ornament at a time.  As the wax cools in the mold, you will notice the wax pulling away from the edges. 
    Once the wax is completely set but still warm – remove the ornament from the mold and throw it back in the melting pot. Seriously,  this was a practice run. 
    Now check that the mold is clean with no wax residue – spray again with mold release .  Why throw away the first ornament? 
    This practice run warms the clay mold and makes the second ornaments look better with less marring. (But you don’t have todo a test run if you don’t want to.)
    Molded beeswax ornament cooling in mold image.
  • For our second try, again slowly fill the mold with melted beeswax. Once the mold is full ofwax you are ready to add a hanger. 
    Take a hanger cord and push both ends down into the hot wax.  Use a craft stick if necessary and hold the hanger under for just a few seconds.
    Cord used as a hanger for beeswax ornament image.
  • Within the next 15 – 20 minutes, the second pouring should cool enough to remove from the mold. 
    While the beeswax ornament is still warm – rub ground cinnamon on the beeswax surface on both sides.  This gives the beeswax ornament a grubby, folk-art look. Very cool. 
    Rubbing powdered cinnamon on beeswax ornament image.

Notes

*Some types of cinnamon are darker than others.  I used Ceylon cinnamon because that’s what I had on hand. If you chose a darker cinnamon, your ornaments will take on a more blackened appearance.
* Safety Alert – Beeswax is flammable if overheated. Also melt wax with constant supervision and take all precautions to prevent fire or burns.
*Be sure your mold is sitting on a level surface.
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