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Monday, December 19, 2011

Boredom-Busting Crafts: Candle Making Edition!

Today  I did one of my favorite projects: making candles! Unfortunately, I had to make a pit stop at Hobby Lobby for some supplies and nearly got run over by soccer moms. Apparently Monday is a popular day for crafting... 

These candles are extra special though, because not only are they made with wax, they're also made with ice

Things you'll need: 
Wax - I used Crafty Candles Paraffin Wax from Hobby Lobby
Crushed ice
Scent- I had "Spiced Apple", "Sugar Plum", and "Moonlight" 
Dye- Food coloring would probably work here too
Wick string
Candle mold
Double boiler
Metal spoon


First you'll need to pull the wick up through the bottom of the candle mold, secure it, and cut off any excess. 

After that, you can melt down the wax in the double boiler. Be careful! This stuff is flammable.  Two blocks is enough for an 6 to 8 inch candle (depending on how much ice you use), but 3 blocks come in a box. 

After the wax is liquefied, add your scent and coloring. The dye will look very dark in the pot, but once the wax dries it will fade significantly, so adding extra probably won't hurt. 

Next, pour about a half inch to an inch of wax in the bottom of the mold (making sure the wick is standing straight. You might have to tape it to a pencil.) 

After the base is dry, you can either layer wax and crushed ice, or fill the mold with crushed ice and pour all of the wax over it. Both accomplish the same thing, but the layering will make it a little more solid. It just depends on the look you're going for. (Layering: Purple candle; Pouring over ice: Pink candle)



The hardest part for me was waiting for it to set. The wax will have to solidify before you can slide it out of the mold. Don't bother trying to get it out early- you'll be fighting it for hours. Trim the wick and you're good to go.

Once the ice melts it'll leave tiny holes and ta-da! You've got an ice candle!


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