Yes, you can even use beeswax for art! This is called encaustic art. Artists layer colored beeswax on a canvas to create a 3-D look. Kids can try this at home, too. Here's some ideas.
Make sure that you have a parent help you as the wax will be hot!!
Put beeswax and colored crayons (broken into small pieces and unwrapped) in a muffin tin. Melt at 200 degrees Fahrenheit in the oven. After having a parent remove the tray from the oven, use a butter knife to carefully layer color on a piece of cardboard. Try making a sunrise/sunset or other scene! The beeswax will harden very quickly, so just add another layer if you make a mistake.
This is a fun project to do during Christmas vacation with your family. What a great new way to use beeswax!
"Bee in the Know": One of the first groups to keep bees, the Egyptians (along with the Greeks and Romans) also made artwork using beeswax. It was even used to decorate coffins for mummies!
Caroline Adams and Emily Campbell