Fun craft projects
19. How to Make Candles Using Old Crayons
If you've always wanted to try making candles but don't want to
invest in expensive materials, here is an inexpensive way to get
1 wax carton (quart) (milk, fabric softener, or orange juice)
1 pound of paraffin wax
4 or 5 old crayons
two trays of ice cubes
a double boiler (or an empty coffee can and a saucepan)
1 piece of ordinary white package string about six inches long.
Caution: Do not heat paraffin directly over the burner. Paraffin is easily combustible.
Use a double boiler or a two-pound coffee can set in a pan of water. I put the coffee can on top of
home canning jar rings (the rings, not the flat lids). If the can is not set on top of something, the
concave bottom creates a vacuum when the water begins to heat up, plus if it’s on the bottom of the
pan, it's just that much closer to the burner.
Trim the top part of the carton off so that what remains is about six inches high. Cut the string so
that it is six inches long. (To make a wick that lasts longer, try braiding three pieces of string
together. Melt the paraffin wax over medium heat in a double boiler or a coffee can in a pan of
water. Use three-quarters of a pound for a somewhat smaller candle or use all four squares for a
larger candle. Once the water begins to boil, it will take 10 or 15 minutes for the paraffin to melt.
Break the crayons into small pieces and add to the paraffin. If the crayons are added first before the
wax is melted, the color makes it difficult to see if all of the paraffin is liquefied. Use a pair of tongs
(a scissors works, too), and dip the string into the paraffin. Dipping the string will ensure that it is
coated with paraffin since the ice cubes may prevent some sections from coming in contact with the
liquid wax. Hold the string so that it is in the middle of the carton and fill the carton with ice cubes.
Pour the hot paraffin over the ice cubes.