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How to Make a Candle Using Crayons

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A visitor named Nicki explains how you can use old crayons and a small milk carton to make a colorful candle. Candlemaking 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.

  • Age Guideline: 10 Years and Up
  • Time Required: 45 minutes (Does not include drying time)

The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.

Materials Needed:

  • Crayons
  • Candle Wicks
  • Pint Milk Carton
  • Ice

Instructions:
Cut off the top of the milk carton so that you have a "box" with one end open. Next, Melt crayons over medium heat (there are plastic bags available that you can place the wax or crayons in so that you then just place that bag into boiling water to melt). The crayons can be broken and different colors, but the washable type do NOT work well. You can use the wax for candle crafts found at the discount stores and add just a few crayons of the desired color to tint it. Place wick into the milk carton and fill carton will ice. Be sure that the wick is fairly centered and running the entire length of the carton. Now, pour melted wax/crayon mixture into the carton filling to the top. Let sit until hardened and ice has melted, then carefully cut and peel away the carton from the candle.

You will now have a beautiful candle. The ice in the carton caused the wax to quickly harden around the cubes. The result is a "Swiss cheese" looking candle. Each one looks a little different! These must be handled carefully after finished as the Swiss cheese nature of the candle make it fragile.

Helpful Hints from Diane in Arizona: I have done this candle project. It is fun. I have two hints: One, make sure the ice is crushed well - too large and your candle will not stay together; and two, use a taper candle in place of the candle wick. Taper candles are far easier to acquire than the wicks if you don't have a good craft shop nearby.

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