Make your own candles at a shop in Philadelphia
There’s a new place in Philadelphia for a perfect evening out, where you can make your own candle while enjoying wine and comaraderie. Wax + Wine pairs the creative outlet of candle making with an ambiance of a wine bar. This B.Y.O.B. is the first of its kind that I’ve heard of. It’s located at 10th and Pine in center city. (By the way, I have no affiliation with this establishment nor am I receiving any kind of compensation for this post; I just thought it was worth sharing!)
Do-it-yourself crafts options
Over the years, I’ve been to several do-it-yourself craft shops. Painting pottery was in its heyday when my kids were younger and I’ve been to beading parties and places where, under the tutelage of instructors, you can paint your own canvas. The draw of these places is that they have all of the tools and supplies as well as the experience to help you create a more satisfying piece. Wax and Wine is the first place I’ve heard of where you can create your own candle.
Crafting hazards: don’t try this at home
My daughters have, on more than one occasion, decided to make their own candles in my kitchen. Between ordering the supplies (and still needing to run out to the craft store at the last minute for the right size wick or more wax or something else) and taking over the stove, the process has been messy and not always as satisfying as they’d hoped. Why? Because my kitchen (and pots) is not set up for candle-making. And because we didn’t really know what we were doing. We also had plenty of “fails” when the scent that they had ordered turned out to smell more like musty attic than “morning dawn”.
The Wax + Wine Experience
At Wax + Wine, not only are you not in charge of clean up (this is the part where I hear the angels singing), but you don’t have to figure out what materials you need, nor are you required to procure them, spending hours on the internet trying to understand what you should buy. Then there is scent selection. They have 75 scents you can sniff before you select! No more disappointing candles!
That describes the “wax” part. The wine part is pretty self-explanatory; you bring wine, they supply the glasses and the candle-making expands to become an evening activity. It’s a great idea for a birthday or other special occasion or maybe a team-building activity for a small group. If anybody gives it a try, I’d love to hear what you think of the experience!