Homemade Candles

Those of us with crafty kids have a surplus of crayons and what better way to upcycle them than making candles?  The designs can be as elaborate as your imagination allows.  Follow these easy step-by-step instructions and make sure little fingers have supervision.

DIY Homemade Candles

Supplies needed
DIY wicks (100% Cotton Butchers’ Twine) or purchased candle wicks from an online craft source
Containers for your candles (empty votives, tea cups, canning jars, etc) or forms (cookie cutters, card board tissue rolls, etc)
Soy candle melts from an online craft source
Non-stick cooking spray
Non-toxic crayons
Disposable paper cups
Popsicle sticks or disposable utensils for stirring hot wax
Essential oils of your choice
Aluminum foil or a disposable aluminum tray
DIY wicks

  1. Cut twine slightly longer than the length needed for the containers or forms.
  2. Place enough soy candle melts in a disposable cup so that it is only ½ full. 
  3. Microwave in 1 minute increments, stirring intermittently until melted. 
  4. Place wicks into the hot wax, allow the wax to absorb, about 1 minute, stirring carefully. Remove wicks and allow them to dry on either a sheet of aluminum foil or on the disposable tray.

Preparing For Containers:

  1. Take another paper cup and place a small amount of soy candle melts, about ¼ of the cup, and melt in 1 minute increments until melted.
  2. Pour a very small amount of this wax into the bottom of your container and place your wick in it, holding it as it firms up.  You might want to improvise using kitchen utensils to hold the wick vertically. *Form candles do this at a later stage.

Preparing For Forms:

  1. Spray the inside of the cookie cutters or the cardboard tubes with non-stick cooking spray.  
  2. Place the form flat on aluminum foil sheet or disposable aluminum tray.

Making the Candles:

  1. Remove the paper from crayons, soaking in warm water briefly if necessary. Break them into halves.
  2. Fill several disposable cups ¾ of the way with soy candle melts. Add broken crayon pieces to each, mixing colors as desired.  
  3. Microwave each cup in 1 minute increments, stirring with you stick or disposable utensil intermittently, until melted.  
  4. If using, add essential oils (a few drops will be sufficient).
  5. Fill each container or form as desired. 
  6. *For form candles set the wick into the first layer and allow it to harden, making sure the wick is completely vertical.  If making a layered candle, allow for 10-20 minutes in between to allow the layers to properly set. 
  7. When they are done, allow to set completely. Trim the wick to ½ inch.
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