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Homemade Scented Candles
DIY & Crafts
We peeled the paper off a few crayons. We also cut regular unscented candles into smaller pieces.We had a few reds, oranges, browns and a few shades of browns and oranges.
We set up a double boiler system. We poured water in a large deep pan and placed all the tin cans containing the candles and crayons in there.With a medium flame we let the crayons and candles melt.
We added all the fun fall spices to the cans – apple spice, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg and cinnamon. We added a really big sprinkling and let the wax competently melt. I poured the wax in a few basic votive candle cups I had. I even poured a little in the star and pumpkin shapes ice cubes.
Here are our yummy smelling larger candles
Here are our smaller pumpkin and star candles made using pumpkin shaped and star shaped ice trays.
Notes to read:
1. I have been told that crayon candles smell bad. Well, I should say that crayon candles don’t smell bad but they don’t smell great either. My 4 year old enjoyed the “PROCESS” and so the activity was worth it. The unscented candles smelled better after the candle making because they took the fall spices so much better than the crayons. We were able to smell the apple and pumpkin spice .
2. Since we are all used to coloring play recipes with food color, please remember to not continue to do the same. If you are using a white candle and need to add color and scent go for a
crayon to add color to the candles. Just adding 1 crayon to your candle wax melt won’t mess up the smell.
This activity may come off as a project with heavy parental involvement- well nothing wrong with making something WITH your kid. For what it is worth here are the few things we did together
Peel off paper from the crayons while telling each other silly stories
Sort them into crayons- it was a bit challenging since we just did not do primary colors. The colors were varying shades of reds, browns, oranges, beiges. Sorting took more focus and needed attention to details
Collected tin cans from the recycle stash
Add water to the deep pan and watch how double boiling works- she was curious about this method and asked many questions about it.
Observe wax melting process
Add fall scents ( sensory stimulation)
Observe the melted wax (liquid state) cooling down and turning into a solid state
Add bamboo skewer and the wick.
Being proud of her creations!
Hope you and your family welcome fall with these fun homemade candles. The kids will get a big kick out of this new kind of activity.