As we get closer to the holiday season you might be surprised that your little bees are doing hard work to make your gift giving easier. Rather than running to the store to buy the newest plastic gizmo why not use some of the products from your bees to make gifts?
Be it soap, candles, skin care items or straight honey, your bees provide a lot material for gifts.
One easy gift to make is lip balm. You can get containers from many craft stores but here’s the basics:
1/2 ounce beeswax
1 teaspoon honey
4 ounces olive oil
Weigh out the beeswax and measure the honey and olive oil. Melt the beeswax slowly and add in the other ingredients. No need to heat this to a very hot temperature, just heat it enough to keep the wax liquid. You can also put in flavoring in the form of mint, vanilla or other extracts, just make sure to put them in last so they don’t cook out.
Mix well and then pour the mixture into lip tubes or tins. Voila! You have gifts to give that you’ve made yourself.
Do know that your friends and family will love these homemade gifts and may be disappointed if you don’t bring them each year!