crayons to candles.

30 August 2011

In our house I can tell that summer is officially coming to a close by looking at the crayon box. Once a shining beacon of artful possibilities, the 64-count rainbow is worn down to little nubs by summer's end. So, as the long days of summer dwindle, I am looking forward to pulling out my candles and extending the Fall evenings by the flicker of candlelight.

How to make a crayon candle:

1. Gather your supplies. You'll need a glass jar, a couple handfuls of crayons in desired colors*, a double broiler, a few drops of essential oil and a small candle to act as your wick. (If you use a small jar, a birthday candle will work well. A larger jar will require a slightly bigger candle. I love the size of Hanukkah candles and even though we don't celebrate the holiday I've picked up a few boxes here and there as I see them.)

2. Unwrap the crayons, removing the paper, and place them into the top of a double broiler. Melt over low heat.

3. Add a few drops of essential oil to achieve the desired level of scent.

4. Pour the wax into your jar.

5. Insert your small candle into the middle, holding until secure.

6. Allow to harden completely before lighting.

* Choose your colors carefully! If you throw all of your random crayons together, you'll end up with a mucky brown color. I made a deep plum wine color, by adding every shade of blue, purple, red, pink and white I had.

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Anonymous said...

This is cool! I would have never thought to make candles out of crayons! Off to gather my supplies now.

Stacee said...

I love how your projects use things that are usually around the house already. You're so creative! Thanks!

Shelby from said...

@Stacee The reason that most of my creative projects start with what I have on hand is purely out of necessity! There aren't really 'craft' or 'hardware' stores here in Tbilisi. So, if I want something in particular I most often need to figure out a way to make do with the items I have, adding bits and bobs as I do happen upon them in this city that is still foreign to me! Thank you for the compliments...

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

We have many a crayon nub here. I love the smell of crayons. :) What essential oils mix well with crayons?

If you have a moment today, please share this with my readers @Creative Juice Thursday. Hope to see you there!

Shelby from said...

@Nicolette: Skip the essential oils and you'll be transported back to kindergarten! :) But, surprisingly, almost any floral or citrus oil will somehow mask the smell of crayons quite well. I like Bergamot quite a lot.

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