Making candles from crayons is a fun way to use up your old, broken crayons. However, since crayon wax is different from candle wax, you will need to add some regular wax into the mix as well. If you don’t, the candles won’t burn very brightly, or for very long.
- Measure out enough wax to fill your candle holder, plus some extra, and set it aside. Try to get the kind of wax that comes in flake or pellet form. It will melt a lot quicker. If your wax comes in blocks, cut it into smaller pieces so that it melts quicker.
- You will need to add wax to your candle. Many people find that candles made from pure crayon do not burn well.
- The wax will “shrink” when you melt is, so you will need the extra wax.
- Peel a crayon. If the wrapper does not come away easily, you can cut it off using a craft blade, or you can soak them in water for a few minutes.
- Break the crayon into smaller pieces and set them aside. The smaller pieces you break the crayons into, the easier they will melt. Some people find that grating the crayon into flakes helps it melt faster.
- If you are making a striped candle, be careful to keep the colors separate.
- Place a tabbed wick in the middle of the glass candle holder, and secure it with a drop of hot wax. You can also use a drop of super glue or a piece of double-sided tape. Some tabbed candle wicks will be self-adhesive.
- Place two sticks to either side of the wick to hold it steady. Lay two sticks (such as pencils or popsicle sticks) across the mouth of the candle holder. Sandwich the wick between the two sticks so that it stands up straight.
EditMelting the Wax
- Set up a double boiler. Fill a saucepan with 1 to 2 inches of water. Place a heat-safe measuring cup into the pot.
- Place the crayons and wax into the glass measuring cup. If you want to make a striped candle, you will need to melt each color in a separate batch.
- If you plan on making a striped candle, don’t do the other colors yet. Wait until the first color layer sets.
- Melt the crayon and wax over medium heat, stirring often. This will help the wax and crayon melt more evenly. You can use a spoon to stir. If you don’t want to dirty your spoon, use a popsicle stick or a disposable chopstick.
- Take the measuring cup out of the water using an oven mitt or pot holder. It will be very hot, so be careful. Set it down on a heat-safe surface.
- Consider adding some fragrance. Once the wax is melted, you can add in a few drops of candle fragrance or essential oil. Be sure to stir the wax well to blend everything together.
EditPouring the Wax
- Pour melted wax/crayon mixture into candle holder. If you plan on making a layered candles, don’t fill the holder all the way. If you plan on making a solid-colored candle, fill it almost to the top.
- Let the candle harden before adding other colors and layers. If you add the second layer too soon, it will mix into the first one, and you might end up with an ugly color. It will take about 20 to 30 minutes for each layer to harden.
- Wait for the candle to harden completely before using it. This will take several hours. You can speed up the process by putting the candles in the freezer for two to three hours.
- Trim the wick down to ¼ inch (0.64 centimeters). If you don’t trim the wick down, it will be too long. It won’t burn right and will create a fire hazard.
- Finished. You will now have a beautiful candle.
- For a kid-friendly version, use a milk carton that’s been cut in half. After the candle hardens, you can peel the carton away.
- You can also melt the wax and crayon in a paper cup in the microwave. Microwave the wax and crayon at 30 second intervals, stirring in between each one.
- Some people find that “washable” crayons do not work well.
- If you can’t find candle wax, you can also use an old, white candle. Be sure to break it into smaller pieces and to take the wick out first, however.
- Try grating the crayon to make it easier to melt.
- Candle-making can be both fun and dangerous. You should never try any projects that use heat and fire without an adults help, and always follow candle safety rules.
- Crayon wax does not evaporate. Make sure that you burn the crayon candle in a deep dish to catch all of the melting wax.
- Children must have adult supervision for this project.
- You must mix the crayons into the wax. Many people find that candles made purely out of crayons do not burn very brightly, or for very long. The reason for this is because the pigments from the crayons clog the wick, and prevent it from burning.
EditThings You’ll Need
- Wax (flaked or pellet form)
- Tabbed wick
- Glass candle votive/holder
- 2 popsicle sticks or pencils
- Medium saucepan
- Heat-safe glass measuring cup
- Spoon or stir stick
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