These easy to make candles are perfect for your 4th of July celebrations. Add citronella or eucalyptus to help keep the bugs away. Then make sure to check out the rest of almost 100 red, white, and blue crafts for a truly patriotic day!
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This summer, I have been experimenting in candle making. I started with DIY Citronella candles for our camping trips this summer. I had so much fun making them, that I decided to add a little color for the 4th of July. My kids helped me make them and we had a ball crafting together.
You need very basic supplies for candle making. You will need:
Candle wicks – I use the ones with the round metal on the bottom. It just makes it easier to keep it in there.
Empty coffee can or other container for melting the wax
Start by cutting up the crayons in to the smallest pieces you possibly can. I think it would work best to grate it but I don’t have a grater I use just for crafting so we just cut them up. The crayons really just didn’t want to melt and the smaller pieces helped them along.
If you want brighter more intense colors, use 2 crayons. The wax really lightens the colors. I used disposable bowls to color the wax so I didn’t need to worry about clean up.
Once the crayons are ready, prep the jars. You will notice in a few photos that I forgot to put in the wicks until the last layer of wax. UGH. I was so annoyed!
So get the wicks in the jars before you start melting wax. I used a pencil to keep the wick standing up in the middle while the wax set.
Next, melt the wax. I concocted this double boiler using an empty coffee can. I didn’t want to clean off wax from my good pots.
Fill a pot with an inch or two of water and bring it to a simmer. Meanwhile, put the wax in the coffee can. I really didn’t measure. I just put wax in. I’m very precise like that.
Put the coffee can in the pot and let the wax melt completely. It will turn clear when it’s melted.
Work with only one color at a time. I started with blue on the bottom.
Pour about a third of the wax in to the bowl with the blue crayon. Use wooden sticks to mix and not have to worry about cleaning up. You can just toss them.
Once the crayon is melted, slowly pour the blue the wax in to the jar. Put the jar in the fridge to let it set. Make sure it completely cooled before you begin the next layer.
Repeat the same process for white and red, but you won’t need to color the white wax. I added citronella oil to the white and red wax layers for a little bug protection.
It was at this point that I realized I had forgotten the wick! Don’t be me! Put the wick in before you begin. Let the wax cool in the fridge between each layer.
And that’s it! Your red, white and blue candles are ready to decorate your 4th of July tables or help light the night.
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