Colorful Crayon Candles
Recycle broken crayons into inexpensive, festive accessories.
If you have school-age kids, you probably have a small stockpile of crayons. Crayons are great art supplies because they are inexpensive and non-toxic. However, by the end of the school year, you may find your child has accumulated a nice collection of broken crayons. Don’t toss them! Turn them into colorful candles instead.
- broken crayon pieces
- paraffin wax (you can use tealights)
- glass jars in various sizes and shapes (for melting and to use for candles)
- small paper cups
- bamboo skewers
- essential oils (optional)
- small saucepan
Make sure the wicks you get are long enough to fit the depth of the glass jar you plan to use. It should be long enough to reach above the rim on the glass jar.
Remove the paper from the broken crayons. It’s best to use a sharp utility knife to score along the side of the crayon, then peel off the paper. Set each color inside a paper cup.
Add the paraffin wax to a spare glass jar. You need to mix the crayon wax with paraffin or beeswax. Crayon wax by itself doesn’t melt well with a wick. You can get a large bag of inexpensive tealights at large big-box retailers. You can melt the paraffin and the crayon in the microwave in 30 second intervals. We found that the waxes melt better using a double boiler method. We mixed about 2/3 paraffin to 1/3 crayon. Add a few pieces of broken crayon to the jar and set the jar in a saucepan with about three inches of water. Heat the water on medium heat. Stir the waxes with a bamboo skewer as they begin to melt.
Once the waxes are melted, remove from heat. Add essential oils, if using. Dip the bottoms of the wicks into the melted wax. Place the wicks into the center of the glass jars you are planning to use for the candles.
Pour the melted wax into the jar with the wick. If you plan to do layers of different colored wax, you’ll need to let the wax harden first before you add the next color. Use a bamboo skewer or clothespin to hold the wick upright as the wax cools.
Once the wax has completely cooled, trim the wick (if needed) so that it sits about 1/4 inch above the wax.
Light your colorful candles and enjoy! These cute candles make great DIY gifts.
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