15. May 2014 17:22
Summer is upon us! After you've made your way back from the beaches this summer, try your hand at one of these interesting beach candle projects! It's a great way to take a little piece of paradise home with you.
Candlewic Sand Candles
- Tub / Bucket
- Glass or solid object
- Wax (141 Melt point)
- Dyes or (Color Blocks)
- Fill the tub/bucket up with sand.
- Add water and try to pack the sand as tight as possible. The tighter it packs and the less water you use, the more consistent the outside shell of the candle will be.
- Take the cup or object and form a "cavity" in the sand. Once the cavity is formed, take your wax and pour at around 195-205°F.
- Once the wax gets a film on top, place the wick assembly into the wax. As the wax gets a little harder you may want to add shells and other non-combustible decorations!
Sea Glass Votives
As you walk along the foamy coast, collect the smoothed over pieces of colorful sea glass. For a quick and easy candle project you can make a centerpiece that glows all those pretty blue-green colors.
Just grab a glass votive holder, a homemade votive or one from Candlewic, and a larger container or mason jar to set the votive holder in. Place the votive in the votive holder and lower into the larger container. Fill the space between the votive and container with your colorful sea glass. For the best glow, fill it to the top of the container.
***Photo and idea from Lovely Greens blog.
Sea Shell Votives
Many people like to collect sea shells from their beach vacations. Instead of letting them sit around or get misplaced, put them to use as candles! This project works best with larger sea shells. All you need is a wick assembly, your melted wax and the shell.
Simply place your wick assembly at the center of the shell and pour your wax into the seashell, making sure your wick stands straight. When the wax hardens you can place several of these candles on a decorative, fire-safe platter decorated with sand, pebbles, sea glass or other things you've collected on vacation!
***Photo courtesy of Where OR What Blog.
Did you try one of our summer beach candle projects with Candlewic products? Send us your photos! We'd love to see the finished products!
6. February 2014 17:36
Valentine's Day—the infamous holiday created primarily by greeting card companies. Yet, everyone enjoys receiving little reminders of how much they're loved. Candles are great gift idea for your valentine's and loved ones that won't break your budget.
There are a number of ways you can dress up your pillar candles, tea lights and decorative holders to create a Valentine's Day themed gift. We've compiled a bunch of great ideas from Pinterest to get your creativity flowing. Once you know the basics of candlemaking, these ideas for decorating and making your candles pop are simply icing on top of the cake!
XOXO Cookie Cutter Candles
This idea from the Hello Lucky blog utilizes the basic candle wax melting process but utilizes cookie cutters during cooling to achieve a festive XOXO shaped candle.
- Wax paper
- Cookie Cutters (or knife)
Once you have your supplies from us, get the step by step process on the Hello Lucky blog.
Beeswax Heart Cutout Candle
Utilize your typical pillar candlemaking process. Then, utilize Martha Stewart’s idea of punching out hearts in beeswax sheets and utilizing a hairdryer to make them tacky and stick to the pillar candle.
Get the step by step instructions from Martha Stewart.
What’s sweeter than a cupcake? This idea from the Rustic Essentials Crafting Library utilizes the whipped wax technique we talked about on our blog earlier this year.
Get the step by step tutorial from the Rustic Essentials Crafting Library.
19. December 2013 18:31
With Christmas Eve approaching fast, it's time to break out your bayberry candles! Bayberry wax is more expensive than most waxes, so if you're looking for the essence of Bayberry, try Candlewic's Bayberry Scent.
The Legend of the Bayberry Candle
*Credit goes to Jaxx Candles
When the first settlers arrived on our shores, every moment was one of survival. Everything was in short supply including candles. Generally candles were made of tallow (animal fat) which tend to smoke and give off an odor. They can turn rancid as well.
It didn’t take long for the early colonists to discover that the abundant bayberry bush had berries that would give off a waxy residue when boiled. They learned to collect and save the bayberry wax that would rise to the surface of the water and make them into taper candles.
The bayberry tapers burned longer and cleaner than the tallow version. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of bayberries to make enough wax to make a candle (about 15 pounds of bayberries to make one pound of wax). These bayberry tapers were a real treasure to the colonists who saved them for special occasions. To have a bayberry candle was a luxury to be saved and relished. It became the tradition to burn your bayberry candle on Christmas or New Years eve to bring blessings of abundance in the coming year. It is not known who actually came up with the traditional bayberry candle poem, but the tradition continues to this day:
This bayberry candle is a gift from a friend,
on Christmas Eve burn it down to the end.
A bayberry candle burned down to the socket,
brings luck to the home and wealth to the pocket.
Candlewic wishes you happy holidays and a happy new year!
13. December 2013 20:27
As we approach the holidays, groups and organizations are actively engaged in crafting activities. Candle making is a fun project you can do with children of all ages and candles are great decor for the holidays!
Now, there are certain candle projects that are ideal for different age groups. Young children should never be in charge of the hot wax tasks and should have supervision when doing candle projects. We've picked out some of our favorite kids crafts that aren't too complex to use for group parties and organizations.
Granulated/Wax Crystal Candles
Similar to sand art, this project allows kids to design a candle with their favorite colors and make neat designs. Choose from a variety of colors or go with holiday themed colors, like red, green, white or blue.
Here's what you'll need:
OR get everything you need in one handy Wax Art Kit!
See the step by step instructions for granulated/wax crystal candles.
Tin Can Luminaries
Soup cans, coffee cans, paint cans. Have each girl scout bring in their own empty tin container and create a design to punch. The actual punching should be reserved for teenagers or adults.
Here's what you'll need:
- Tin can
- Hammer & nails OR a power drill
- Tissue paper & marker
- Votive candle
See the step by step instructions for tin can luminaries.
Tissue/Wax Paper Candles
A great way to display special artwork or sentiments of even the youngest children! By drawing whatever they want on tissue or wax paper, you can transfer their work right onto the candles! These make great gifts!
Here's what you'll need:
- Tissue or wax paper
- Markers or ink-based writing tools
- Hair dryer
See the step by step instructions for tissue/wax paper candles.
This is one of the easiest projects for all age groups because they do not require melting the wax!
Here's what you'll need:
See the step by step instructions for beeswax candles here.
You can also watch our beeswax candle making video here.
27. November 2013 17:39
One of the best candle projects to make with kids in your family or youth group is wax art crystal candles. Wax art crystals, or granulated wax, is a wax that has been formed into tiny beads slightly larger than sand. The product is available in a myriad of colors and even several scents. What makes this so easy is that the wax does not have to be melted. It can be easily poured into any "candle safe" container. For anyone who has seen "Sand Art" the concept is identical except when you are finished you have a candle that can be burned.
Once you have selected the proper container take a completed wick assembly (one with a base) and place into the glass container. The best wick for this application is going to be something like a 34-40 zinc.
The best way to get started is to select several colors and gently pour the crystals into the glass container with a spoon or other dispensing tool. You can take multiple colors and layer them in the glass to the desired height. For ultimate effects such as waves, you can take a long, narrow pointer such as a knitting needle and slide down the side of the glass container. This will create "waves" in the wax. This is a project any age child or adult can enjoy. This is a great project for cub scouts, girl scouts, and camping trips. The candles can even be used as wedding favors.
The true advantage to wax art crystals is that they may also be melted and poured to make votives, pillars and even small containers. The wax art crystals are easy to handle and can be melted in any type of double boiler. The colors are slightly more concentrated, so white wax art crystals should be added to
any color to lessen the intensity. What is nice is you can mix, match and melt the crystals to get any color shade you desire.
Get started with our Granulated Wax Art Kit, which comes with 5 lb bags of granulated wax (unscented), 8-9oz hexagon jars with lids & 10 wicks!