This is a quick and fun way for older children (and older adults!) to make candles. You just need some wax, cotton string for the wick, empty milk or juice cartons, and some crayons. Oh, yeah, and some ice.
Then, measure how long of a wick you will need, and tie that length plus a couple inches on to a pencil. Make the string touch the bottom.
Next, put your ice in a ziploc bag and break it into small (about 1/2" cubes) pieces with a hammer. You don't want it too tiny and you don't want it too big. I put mine in a collander and rinsed it to get rid of the tiny pieces. (I tried using my blender first, but it crushed the ice too small.)
In the meantime, melt your wax in a double broiler or a candle warmer (if you have all day). You can add at this point. The kids can put in some old crayons to custom make a color.
|Taking the picture while |
pouring hot wax! Excuse the
Let the candle sit until it is completely hardened. Then peel off the carton over the sink--- because most of the ice will have melted. Snip off the pencil. It will still take a while for all the water to get out, but once it does, you have a very interesting candle.
If I were doing it again, I think I would pour a thin layer of wax first to form a solid foundation. After it hardened, I would put in the ice and continue.