Remember when the light bulb didn’t exist? Remember when oil lamps weren’t widely used either?
Yeah, neither do we.
But for many, many, many years people used candles to illuminate the interior of buildings and homes.
Imagine having to make your own candle. Definitely a bit more work than simply flipping the switch. Just in case you’re looking to empathize more closely with our pioneer predecessors, here is a quick guide to candle making…
1. Cut up pieces of paraffin wax and place them inside an old tin can. Now place your tin can inside a pot. Fill the pot with enough water to cover roughly 1/3 of your wax-filled tin can. Now begin boiling the water!
2. Wait until your wax has melted. If you’re feeling extra crafty, add some color or some oils to give your candle a nice fragrant smell.
3. Cut your wick pieces so that they are about 4 inches longer than the length of candle you would like.
4. Dip the wick into the melted wax. Pull it out and let it cool. Repeat until you reach the desired size of the candle. Flatten out the bottom of your candle by pressing it against a had flat surface!
Just in case you’re a bit too busy for the full pioneer candle making experience, stop by Zion’s Mercantile and just pick up some hand-dipped candles ready to use!