Ahh, I must be dreaming of warm days on the beach again! Captain and I made these fabulous candles when we were on vacation with Grandma and Grandpa in New Hampshire during Hurricane Irene. They are extremely simple and fun! If you use a lot of candles, you can melt down your leftover ends for a beautiful lesson in recycled crafts. We didn’t have any candle stubs but fell madly in love with the peachy-orange color of wax flakes that I found at Michael’s Craft Store (I also got the short votive wicks there). We lugged home a bucket of sand from the beach and packed it tight (it should be moist) into a tub. We each took turns scooping out sand to make a little form. A perfectly smooth, round form is nice, but we really loved the ones that were more free-form the best.
What you need: Chunk of wax, approx 1 lb, clean empty tin can (24 oz size works well), saucepan, short votive wicks with metal clip on bottom.
Make smooth mold and place wick so metal is on the bottom, wick straight up. Mom’s job: Boil water in saucepan and melt wax completely in the tin can which is set in the double boiler. Be very careful with the hot wax on the stovetop. Pour wax leaving at least 1” of wick exposed. After the wax hardens, lift them out and dust any loose sand off the outside.
We used orange and cream layered wax and they turned out beautifully!
Captain really liked Grandma’s because “it looks like the shore and mine looks like the ocean where everyone runs into the waves.” She was very excited to take home a very special candle for her Dad.
I originally got this idea from my wonderful mother in law Judi, who made these back in the 70’s. There is also a project listed on education.com. Here’s to summer dreams and the smell of sand, sun and the ocean!
Good Thoughts, Karen