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Beachy Candle Projects

by Chandler 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

Materials

  • Tub / Bucket
  • Water
  • Glass or solid object
  • Wax (141 Melt point)
  • Wick
  • Dyes or (Color Blocks)

Instructions

  1. Fill the tub/bucket up with sand.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. 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!


Valentine's Day Candle Craft Ideas

by Chandler 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.

Supplies needed:

  • Wax
  • Wick
  • Toothpicks
  • Double-boiler
  • 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.

Supplies needed:

Get the step by step instructions from Martha Stewart.

 

Cupcake Candle

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.

Supplies needed:

 

Get the step by step tutorial from the Rustic Essentials Crafting Library.


Girl Scout Candle Projects and Other Kids Crafts

by Chandler 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
  • Tape

See the step by step instructions for tissue/wax paper candles.

Beeswax 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.


Candle Making Activity for Kids: Granulated/Wax Crystal Candles

by Chandler 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!


Holidays are for Luminaries

by Chandler 9. November 2013 00:16

It's just about that time again. Thanksgiving and Christmas will be soon upon us, so start getting in the spirit of the holidays with new candle projects! Our favorite holiday candle décor has to be the luminary, specifically the tin can luminary. It’s such an easy DIY project and you probably have all the supplies you need already in your household! Luminaries are a great chance to use up all your leftover wax, because you can’t really see the color, only the glow. This project would also be a great one to do with your children, your neighborhood or youth group in the winter months! (But leave the power tools and nails to the adults, please.)

What you'll need:

  • Tin can: coffee, soup, or even an old paint can
  • Hammer & nails OR a power drill
  • Tissue paper & marker
  • Votive candle

How-to:

  1. Select a votive to use. Again, use up your extra wax or use votives you’ve already made.
  2. Draw your holiday design on tissue paper. Think leaves, turkeys, pilgrim hats, snowflakes, stars, candy canes, gingerbread men, Christmas trees, snowmen or even short sayings like “Give Thanks,” “Merry Christmas” and “Ho Ho Ho.” Tape your design onto the tin can.
  3. Place your tin can on a solid surface. To prevent it from rolling or damaging the surface, place some old folded dish towels or rags underneath.
  4. Use your tools of choice to punch holes along the lines of your design

Line your luminaries along sidewalks and driveways or place them in your home for an ambient glow. If you want an extra punch of holiday cheer use some of Candlewic’s favorite seasonal scents:

•   Smoked Applewood
•   White Mulberry Cedar
•   Poinsetta Pine
•   Cranberry Scone
•   Balsam & Cinnamon
•   Egg Nog
•   Gingerbread
•   Peppermint

Happy luminary making!

Check out the beautiful luminary creations of this blogger for step by step pictures:
(Photo credit goes to Rachel from the DIY Christmas Luminaries blog post.)


About the author

Hi I'm Chandler. Thanks for visiting! Illumine is all about helpful projects, ideas, and articles related to candle and soap making and the candle and soap making business.

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