Like wax paper, parchment paper is also treated, but has an ultra thin silicone coating, so in addition to being grease and moisture resistant, its also heat resistant. It has a wide variety of uses, many of which include cooking and baking. Parchment paper is commonly used to line baking sheets for roasting and baking, lining cake pans, cooking en papillote, funneling ingredients, and wrapping foods for storage. While you can use it for anything youd use wax paper for, that comes at a price parchment paper is the pricier option of the two. Try it for muffins How To Make Muffin Liners Out of Parchment Paper. DIY Rustic Wax Covered LED Taper Candles In middle and high school, Id have an argument each year with my dad about the Christmas candles in my bedroom window. My room was on the front of the house and was supposed to have two sets of three of those plastic candles in the window. The problem was, all those little light bulbs in my window annoyed me and kept me awake, so Id unplug them when I went to bed. My dad said it ruined the intended effect of having candles in all the front windows for anyone driving by at night I didnt care and kept unplugging the candles when I went to bed. If the modern, LED, battery operated Christmas candles were around then, I might have left them turned on because they glow more faintly almost like a real candle instead of that annoyingly bright bulb from the plug in candlesIn todays tutorial, Im sharing how to make these candles even more realistic by showing you how to make DIY rustic wax covered LED taper candles you can decorate with all year long Like many of the tutorials I share, this project is very customizable. You can choose to use beeswax, as I did, soy wax for a whiter look, or even colored or scented wax. You can decorate the tapers for Christmas, tie lace on them for spring, or make them spooky for Halloween. LED taper candlesI got a two pack on Amazon because I couldnt find any locally. They are also available in larger quantities if youre looking to make lotsWax. I used beeswax, but you can use pretty much any kind of candle wax. A glass jar, I used a pint Ball canning jar, and a pan to make a double boiler with using said glass jar, or a tempered glass cupglass you dont mind using with wax. A hobby knife or box cutter. Decorative items, optional. I used a bit of lace and burlap. Oven mits, a towel, or something else to hold the container of melted wax. Parchment paper or a crafting mat. How to cover LED taper candles in wax. The basic process is very simple melt some wax then dip the taper inUnless you have a whole lot of wax and a deep container, youll probably need to carefully tilt the container, preferably a high sided glass or jar, and dip half a candle at a time. You can melt your wax wither in the microwave or in a double boiler on the stove. For two candles, I melted about 2 oz of wax. Melting more wax takes more time, but also makes it easier to dip the candle. If youre using the microwave, keep a very close eye on it. It can melt in as little as 2 minutes or take closer to 4 5, so watch the wax carefully and make sure to use a microwave safe container. To set up a double boiler, place your wax in a jar or other high sided, heatable container. Canning jars work well Put several inches of water in a pan and carefully place the wax filled jar in the water. Try to avoid having the jar sit directly on the bottom. You can carefully set the jars lip on the edge of the pan, hold it in place with tongs, or even fit the pan with a steamer basked and let the jar sit on the basket. Place your double boiler on a medium low heat burner and watch it carefully. Some waxes melt very quicklyWhile the wax is melting, set out a square of parchment paper. Diabetic Weekly Meal Plan here. Once your wax has melted, carefully use your oven mitts, towel, or something similar to hold your container of melted wax in one hand and carefully dip the bottom end of a taper into the wax. Holding the wax container on its side is helpful you need to get wax at least half way up the taper. Remove the candle from the wax and allow any excess to drip off. Hold it in the air for a few seconds before setting it on the wax paper you want the wax to be mostly cool so it doesnt flatten out against the paper and look funny. Repeat this process with the bottom end of your remaining tapers. If you need to, reheat the wax a little. Repeat the dipping process for the top end of your tapers, quickly rotating each taper as you pull it from the wax so any drips will naturally fall down, adding to the realistic burning candle appearance. After the candles are fully cooled and the wax is no longer tacky, use a hobby knife or box cutter or even a regular, non serrated kitchen knife to carefully cut the wax around the base where it unscrews to add batteries. Add batteries, screw the end caps back on, and youre basically ready to rock If youd like, you can decorate your wax covered tapers. I wrapped a simple band of lace and burlap around each candle and held it in place with a dab of hot glue. As mentioned above, you could add just about anything to personalize the candles to your decor or the time of year This same technique can be used for pillar candles, too, which would be great for tablescapes and displays around the house. I enjoy candles, but Im paranoid about leaving them unattended or having them in places where they might pose a fire hazard, so using wax dipped LED candles is a fantastic solution for me.