Make candles that can be enjoyed within your home or given as gifts to someone special. Working with hot wax can be dangerous, so an adult should offer assistance to kids creating poured wax candles. Candles offer a soft glow or uplifting scent, and when they're made by children, are even more special.
Beeswax Rolled Candles
Just about anyone can make beeswax candles with a couple basic materials and some creativity. Sheets of beeswax and lengths of wicks can be purchased at your local craft store for a small price. Place a sheet of beeswax in front of you, and cut a length of wick so that it is one inch longer than the height of the beeswax. Remove the wick and use a hairdryer to warm the beeswax for 30 seconds. Lay the wick along one end of the beeswax and begin rolling the beeswax up around the wick. If the wax cools, warm it with the hairdryer. Continue rolling until the sheet has been completely rolled up. Use your fingers to smooth the seam of the beeswax.
Sand candles are a simple way to create a uniquely shaped candle that can be given as a gift or enjoyed in your home. Use sand from a trip to the beach or purchase sand, along with paraffin wax and wicks, from your local craft store. Put the sand in a large mixing bowl and make an indention in the sand as a mould for the candle. Have an adult help cut the paraffin into chunks, and heat it in an empty coffee tin over a pot of simmering water. When the paraffin has melted, use oven mitts to lift the can of heated wax from the water, and gently pour the paraffin into the sand mould. Cut a length of wick and press it into the sand candle. Once the candle has cooled, it can be removed from the bowl of sand.
Candle moulds can be purchased at your local craft store to create candles that look like they were purchased from the store. An adult can help the child melt the paraffin in the microwave or a double boiler. Once the wax has melted, it can be poured into the candle mould. Position a wick within the melted wax, and use two pencils lying horizontally across the top of the candle mould to hold the wick in place. Allow the candle to cool overnight, and then remove it from the mould.
Recycled Jar Candles
Create colourful scented candles using paraffin and recycled glass jars. Paraffin wax can be melted with an adult's help, and then colour and scent can be added. Use old crayons to add colour by adding small bits to the hot wax. To create a scented candle, purchase candle scents at your local craft store and add a few drops or pieces, if it is in block form. The hot wax can be poured into a clean and dry glass jar. Tie a wick around a pencil, leaving enough to hang into the jar candle. Place the wick into the candle, resting the pencil on the lid of the glass jar.
Make unique candles using ice-cubes and glitter. Create moulds for the candles using wax paper cups. Add several ice cubes and sprinkle them with glitter. Melt the paraffin wax with an adult's help, and pour it into the cup. Position a wick in the candle, and allow it to set overnight. Tear away the paper cup while over a sink, so the melted water doesn't make a mess.