Learn how to create these candles and more.
In my previous article How To Make Candles with Kids
, I explained the process of making pillar candles, and described how your kids can place colored blocks of wax into the mold to create a fun, unique candle. While this is one of our favorites, there are other fun ways to include your kids in making their very own candle. In this article I describe how you and your kids can make candle molds using everyday items around the house. I also introduce some new techniques for producing different finishes, as well as some tips to help you along the way.
Time: 45 minutes for preparation, several hours for candles to set.
Age: 5-10's, Over 10's, excluding handling hot wax.
Create Your Own Mold
Duct tape is used to reinforce the mold.
Holes are punched through the bottom of the container and the wick is strung through.
Sticky tack holds the wicks in place.
The wicks are supported using a stick, chopsticks or skewers work great.
The first layer of wax is poured and let to cool, waiting until the wax is malleable before adding a new layer of color.
The final product created a neat layered look, and the cardboard mold made for an interesting textured finish. You could also buff the candle to create a smooth, shiny finish using nylons and elbow grease.
You can make a mold using lots of different items found around the house, including cereal boxes, snack boxes, etcetera. There are a few things to consider however, outside finish (smooth, matte, texture, seams), mold releasability, and heat resistance. The rectangular candle pictured at the top of this article was made using half of the fruit snack box shown above.
To create this swiss cheese candle, I used a disposable coffee cup. I filled the cup about halfway with chunks of ice. This way only the top part of the candle would have cavities.
I added some wax pieces to the bottom for a unique look, finishing the bottom with a thin layer of black wax.
Here is the finished candle.
Crumpling up some tin foil and forming into a container can create a pretty funky looking candle.
I added some purple wax squares to give it some flare, and dark pink at the bottom.
The tin foil candle sure is wild looking, the kids love it.
Ideas and Tips
With plenty of ideas to create your own unique molds using household items, you can get creative with your candles using several different methods, producing amazing looking candles your kids will be very proud of.
The upper green portion of this candle contains essential oils, giving it a marbleized look. I used a solid purple wax for the bottom.
Adding glitter to your wax makes for some cool effects. Found this out accidentally when using a glitter crayon for dye.
You can create blocks of wax using cookie sheets to create slabs of different colors, then break up the slabs into chunks or squares.
Making candles as a family has proven to be a lot of fun and is a great way to create some homemade gifts. I would love to see what others have found around the house to make candles with. Be sure to post in the comments below.
Remember to be careful with hot wax, making sure an adult is present throughout the candle making process. I have my kids design the candles and place the blocks of wax, I do the pouring.
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