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Make a Boring Day Creative: Homemade Crayon Candles With Your Kids

If you're a parent, like me, chances are you house is covered with pieces of broken crayons. In the corners of your living room, the bottom of the toy box and even sometimes, in the toilet. Rather than losing your mind, tossing them in the trash and ultimately buying new ones; why not use those broken pieces to make something new and beautiful.





Yes, I'm talking about candles.


Your children will adore creating candles with their old broken crayons and so will you! whether it's for them to keep, a school project or a gift for the holidays; this project will bring a smile to everyone's face!


Make sure that you remind your children the dangers of a stove and high heated items before you start your candle making adventure. You never want to end your fun family projects with a trip to the emergency room.


Are we ready? Let's go!


Gather your supplies:


  • Crayons (Broken, worn down or new)

  • A wax carton (Old fabric softener or milk container)

  • 3 lbs Paraffin wax

  • Two full ice cube trays

  • A double broiler

  • White string

  • Candle holders

(If you do not have a double broiler - you can use an old coffee can and a saucepan.)


Steps:


Step 1:

Trim the top off of your wax carton. Make sure to leave it six inches in length.


Step 2:

Cut three pieces of your white string into 8-inch pieces. - Winding those three pieces together will ensure that the wick of your candle burns easier.


Step 3:

Choose your candle holders. They can be anything you like as long as they are not flammable. This could be old jam jars, old baby food jars or even a pretty vase.





Step 4:

Place your wick(s) into your candle holder(s).


Step 5:

Melt 3lbs paraffin wax (cut into cubes) in the double broiler (coffee can). This process can take anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes.


Step 6:

While you are waiting for your wax to melt, peel all the paper off of your crayons. You can choose to separate colors to give a specific look to your candles or just bunch them all together to see what you end up with.


Step 7:

With the wax still on the heat and once your wax has fully melted, add in your crayons. After the wax and crayons have fully melted together, remove from heat and pour the mix into your candle holders.


(If you would like your candles to be scented, mix in a small amount of your fragrance oils into the wax and crayon mixture before removing from heat.)


Step 8:

Let the candles sit to cool and harden without interruption. The wax will remain hot for several hours. (We usually put ours in mommy's office with the door shut)



 

Next time you are having a lazy day with your kids, or you randomly find a broken crayon on the floor... Create a fun project for you and the little ones to do together.


🧡Shine Bright, Kayla


Copyright © 2022 Kayla Tackett


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