Making Candles Using Old Crayons

Athena By Athena , 3rd Sep 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2_st3vp2/
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Crayons can be recycled. If you have a stash of used and old crayons, you can turn them into something useful and decorative. Make candles out of used crayons.

Recycling Idea: How to Make Candles Using Old Crayons

If you have kids at home, worn down crayons that don't get used anymore are probably abundant. Don't throw them out yet. You can use these crayons to make candles. This is another great recycling idea, too. Most children would love the idea of making candles with you and delight in knowing that their old crayons were used to create them. Candles out of crayons could also be a nice gift idea.

Before starting the process, discuss safety precautions with your children. Because the crayons will be melted at a very high temperature, they will not be able to take part in that portion of the candle making procedure. Reassure them that there are several other sections of the candle making that they can still be a part of. To begin, gather your materials. You will need the following:

a wax cartoon - (from milk or fruit juice)

paraffin wax

double boiler (or and old coffee can and a sauce pan)

white packing string (for wick)

Trim off the top part of the wax carton, leaving it more or less six inches high. Cut the string at about 8 inches long. You will later trim the wick to fit the holder. To guarantee that a wick burns better, take three pieces and braid them together. The smaller pieces of string will be used to tie the ends together. Candle holders can be anything you like as long as they are non-flammable. Vases, jars, and glasses work well.

Melt approximately three pounds of paraffin wax using the double boiler or coffee can. Cutting it into smaller chunks will help it melt quicker. This melting process will require about fifteen to twenty minutes. Remove the paper labels off from of the old crayons. You and your children may choose to sort the colors by lights and darks to get a mixture that you like; or you can also combine them all together and discover what the color it ends up being.

To get the best results, only add the crayons to the wax after it has melted completely. After the crayons and wax both have melted together, remove the mixture immediately from the stove and pour the melted mixture into the wax cartons. If you prefer to have scented candles try adding some dashes of cinnamon or vanilla extract to your hot wax concoction.

Leave the candles to completely harden in an area where small children cannot reach them. Make sure that the hardening process is uninterrupted. The wax will remain hot for many hours and can scald the skin. So make sure that the candles are placed in a safe place to cool. When completely hardened, remove the hardened wax from cartons and place them in candle holders.

Making candles from old crayons is a nice project to make with your children. This procedure can also be performed at schools and childcare centers to give as presents to parents. Let each child decorate the outer part of their candle holder while adults complete the remainder of the candle-making process.

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Craft Projects, Crayons, How To Make Candle, Recycle Candles, Recycling Ideas

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
3rd Sep 2012 (#)

Nice creative works.

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