With Valentine’s Day coming up, I’ve been on the lookout for holiday projects that I can do with my daughter. Candle-making seems like an unlikely candidate for a children’s craft, but I think this tutorial (specifically the use of the Dixie cups) helps make it more child-friendly.
We started with the following materials:
- Soy candle wax
- Dixie Cups
- Glue stick
- Lollipop sticks (we had leftover lollipops sticks, but popsicle sticks would work just as well)
- An assortment of glass candle holders and other containers (my favorite is a vintage tea cup)
My first step was to secure the wick at the bottom of each container. I used a glue stick, but if you already have the wax melted and ready to go, you can also dip the bottom of the wick into wax and press it firmly into the candle container. To hold the wick in place and keep it straight, I rested two knives on each side of the wick.
Creating Color With Crayons
There are two ways to create the color of your candles with crayons. If you want your candle to be a slightly lighter variation of a specific crayon color, you can add several small pieces of the crayon to your wax, microwave for 2 minutes, stir and then microwave for an additional 2 minutes. If you want to mix-and-match crayons to achieve a more custom color, I recommend placing several crayon colors into a Dixie cup, microwaving for 2 minutes, stir, then microwave for an additional 1-2 minutes until melted. This will allow you to achieve the color you’re going for before you start mixing in the wax.
Color mixing was definitely my daughter’s favorite part, and she had great fun seeing how different crayon combinations would turn out. As we were working, we established a division of labor: she would choose the crayons, peel the paper, mix colors and stir our melted crayons. I would handle all of the steps involving the melting, stirring and pouring of the wax.
Creating the Candles
If you’re going for a single-color candle, you can simply pour the melted crayon and wax combination into your container and allow to firm completely. To achieve the striped variation above, you start with the first color and let it firm completely before pouring the next color. This takes much longer, but I really love the effect.
I also really like using less common containers, like this vintage tea cup: