Most children would love the idea of making candles with you and delight in knowing that their old crayons were used to create them. Candles out of crayons could also be a nice gift idea. You can make candles from old crayons. If you have kids at home, worn down crayons that don't get used anymore are probably abundant. Don't throw them out yet. You can use these crayons to make candles. This is another great recycling idea, too.
Before starting the process, discuss safety precautions with your children. Because the crayons will be melted at a very high temperature, theywill not be able to take part in that portion of the candle making procedure. Reassure them that there are several other sections of the candle making that they can still be a part of. To begin, gather your materials. You will need the following:
a wax cartoon - (from milk or fruit juice)
double boiler (or and old coffee can and a sauce pan)
white packing string (for wick)
Trim off the top part of the wax carton, leaving it more or less six inches high. Cut the string at about 8 inches long. You will later trim the wick to fit the holder. To guarantee that a wick burns better, take three pieces and braid them together. The smaller pieces of string will be used to tie the ends together. Candle holders can be anything you like as long as they are non-flammable. Vases, jars, and glasses work well.
Melt approximately three pounds of paraffin wax using the double boiler or coffee can. Cutting it into smaller chunks will help it melt quicker. This
To get the best results, only add the crayons to the wax after it has melted completely. After the crayons and wax both have melted together, remove the mixture immediately from the stove and pour the melted mixture into the wax cartons. If you prefer to have scented candles try adding some dashes of cinnamon or vanilla extract to your hot wax concoction.
Leave the candles to completely harden in an area where small children cannot reach them. Make sure that the hardening process is uninterrupted. The wax will remain hot for many hours and can scald the skin. So make sure that the candles are placed in a safe place to cool. When completely hardened, remove the hardened wax from cartons and place them in candle holders.
Making candles from old crayons is a nice project to make with your children. This procedure can also be performed at schools and childcare centers to give as presents to parents. Let each child decorate the outer part of their candle holder while adults complete the remainder of the candle-making process.
Published on January 17, 2011 by Athena Goodlight on Quazen