Make DIY Crayon candles with kids this Diwali

Make DIY Crayon candles with kids this Diwali

Even though the festive celebrations are limited this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, spirits are not down at all. Especially when it comes to kids, we do not wish to hamper their enthusiasm for festivals of positivity like Diwali. And hence, we bring you one of the brilliant DIYs i.e. turning old crayons into new colorful candles to celebrate Diwali. The activity will not let the pandemic dampen their hysteria and the festive mood.

Candles offer a warmth and shine that will add the perfect festive touch to this Diwali. You can make crayon candles with your child. Most of the kids have left-over crayons that cannot be used anymore and throwing them away hurts. But making candles out of them is a great way to utilise the waste colours and also add a DIY twist to your kids’ Diwali.

Procedure to make crayon candles
Making candles from crayons is a fun way to those old and broken crayons. However, since crayon wax is different from candle wax, you need to add some regular wax into the mix as well. If you don’t, the candles won’t burn very brightly or for very long.

Setting up
Measure enough wax to fill your candle holder, plus some extra and set it aside. Try to get the kind of wax that comes in flake or pellet form. It will melt a lot quicker. If your wax comes in blocks, ask your child to cut it into smaller pieces with a butter knife so that it melts quicker. You can also use old used candles lying at home, specially those birthday candles we get with cakes.

Peel and break crayons
If the wrapper does not come away easily, you can ask your child to cut it off using a craft blade, or you can soak them in water for a few minutes.

Break the crayon into smaller pieces and set them aside.

You will need 6 crayons per 1 cup (225 grams) of wax.

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Carefully place a tabbed wick in the middle of the glass candle holder and secure it with a drop of hot wax. You can also use a drop of super glue or a piece of double-sided tape. You can also place two ice-cream sticks to either side of the wick to hold it steady.

crayon candles

Set up a double boiler
Fill a saucepan with 1 to 2 inches of water. Place a heat-safe measuring cup into the pot. Place the crayons and wax into the glass measuring cup. Melt the crayon and wax over medium heat, stirring often. This will help the wax and crayon melt more evenly. You can use a spoon to stir.

Put the colour wax into the mould
Pour colored wax into the candle mould. Let the first layer dry for a few minutes and then pour layers of colored wax into each jar, making sure to let them dry between each layer. Ask your child to repeat this process and continue to pour layers of different colored wax into each jar and let them dry individually.

And your beautiful crayon candles are ready!

Inputs by Kuhoo Gupta, Founder of The K Junction

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