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DIY Crayon Candles

Day 18- Kids Summer Fun {Ideas & Activities}

DIY Crayon Candles by Growing Up Gabel

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Love this! A new idea for kids fun activity every day for a month!! This will make long summer days SO much fun!

Help your kids make a fun and colorful candle! Then plan a backyard sleepover and let them light the night with their homemade candle.

Turn old crayons into a new colorful candle! Perfect craft for kids to help!

 

Hello there, friends of The Pinning Mama! I’m so excited to be here today to share this fun homemade candle tutorial. My name is Camille and I blog over at Growing Up Gabel where I share delicious recipes, fun crafts, easy DIY projects, and real family life. Today I’m sharing this colorful candle my 8 year old daughter and I made for a friend for Mother’s Day.

I’ve recently discovered candle making and I love it! I first made homemade citronella candles for our camping trips this summer. My daughter saw a tutorial for a DIY candle on YouTube and wanted to try her hand at this colorful craft. Since I had candle making supplies on hand, we spent some quality time crafting together.

Keep the kids entertained this summer by making your own candles! Wax colored with melted crayons make for a colorful DIY candle kids love to make.

 

To make homemade crayon candles you will need wax, wicks, old crayons, and containers. You can see in my citronella candle post which supplies I used. To color the wax for these candles, my daughter picked out 4 different colors of crayons. The first time we broke the crayon in to 4 pieces and it took forever to melt. It’s best if you can grate or chop the crayons in to the smallest pieces possible.

Keep the kids entertained this summer by making your own candles! Wax colored with melted crayons make for a colorful DIY candle kids love to make.

To melt the wax, I created a double boiler using an empty coffee can and a pot. Fill the pot with about 1-2 inches of water and bring to a slow simmer. Add the wax to the coffee can and allow the wax to melt until clear. I used an old spatula to help stir.

Melted Crayons for Candles

Once the wax is melted, turn the burner down to low. You want to keep the wax warm, but making the layers takes a bit of time. Work one color at a time. Pour hot wax in to the bowl or container with the broken crayon. Use a craft stick to stir and allow the crayon to melt. Because our crayons weren’t in small pieces, they never melted completely. I just stirred the wax around and poured the wax in the jar keeping the chunks of crayon in the bowl. This is also the point where you would add any essential oils if you want to have a scented candle. We used 1 drop of lavender oil per layer.

Candle Wick for Homemade Candles

 

Place a wick in the jar and then carefully pour the wax in to the jar. I didn’t use anything to secure the wick. I just let the wax hold it in place. You can twist it around a pencil to help keep it straight.

Layered Candle

Once you’ve poured a layer, put it in the fridge to set. If you use soy wax, this will take a bit. I found that regular wax sets up faster. When the layer is cool and firm, start again with the next crayon and the next layer. Continue on until you run out of room for layers.

Turn old crayons into a new colorful candle! Perfect craft for kids to help!

Once the last layer is set, your candle is ready to burn! I hope you and your kids have a fun summer full of creating and making memories!

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