“Making Candles from Old Crayons”

“Making Candles from Old Crayons”

Making candles from old crayons is a fun DIY project that allows you to repurpose crayons that are broken or unused into cute, colorful candles. With just a few simple materials, I can transform a pile of old crayons into unique handmade candles in no time.

Gathering Materials

To start, I’ll need to gather some basic materials:

  • Old crayons – these will form the wax for the candles. I save all my crayon stubs and fragments so I have plenty to work with.

  • Candle wicks – I prefer using pre-tabbed candle wicks since they’re easier to center in the melted crayon wax.

  • Candle molds – silicone molds work best. I like using fun shaped molds like stars, hearts, animals, etc.

  • Double boiler – this indirect heat source will melt the crayons gently. A metal bowl suspended over a saucepan of simmering water works too.

  • Spoon – for stirring the melted crayon wax. Wooden spoons work best.

  • Parchment paper – to line the candle molds for easy removal.

Preparing the Crayon Wax

Once I have my materials, it’s time to prepare the crayon wax:

  1. Peel the paper wrapping off each crayon stub or fragment.

  2. Break the unwrapped crayons into smaller pieces so they melt faster.

  3. Place the crayon pieces into the top pan of a double boiler or metal bowl.

  4. Heat the crayons over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until completely melted and smooth.

  5. Remove from heat and carefully pour the liquid crayon wax into a glass measuring cup.

Pouring the Candles

Now the fun part – pouring the candles!

  1. Line each candle mold cavity with a small strip of parchment paper. This ensures easy removal later.

  2. Carefully center a wick in each mold cavity. Pinch it to the bottom or use hot glue to secure.

  3. Slowly pour the melted crayon wax into each mold, filling each cavity about 1/2 to 2/3 full.

  4. Let candles sit until hardened completely, at least 2-3 hours.

  5. Once hardened, gently pop the candles out of the molds and peel away the parchment paper.

Creative Crayon Candle Ideas

Making basic candles is simple enough, but I like to take it up a notch with fun, creative ideas:

  • Combine crayon colors for marbled or swirl effects.

  • Add glitter or confetti to the wax for a sparkly, festive candle.

  • Use crayons in coordinating colors to make rainbow or ombre candles.

  • Layer colors, letting each layer harden before adding the next color.

  • Embed small toys or objects like flowers, seashells or stars into the wax.

  • Carve or etch patterns like polka dots or stripes into the sides of plain candles.

The possibilities are endless! With a pile of old crayons, I can make dozens of unique handmade candles to either enjoy myself or give as gifts. It’s a budget-friendly project that keeps crayons out of the landfill. Win-win!