A Great Craft to do with Your Kids!
Things You'll Need:
4-6 Ice Cubes (shape does not matter, amount will depend on cup's size)
Pre Tabbed Waxed Wick (Cotton or Zinc Cored)
Scent of your choiceCandle Coloring
1-2 Popsicle Stick, Skewer Stick, or Wick holder (optional)
Things you should know before going to the store for ingredients and making your candle:
- You can use any size cup, but if you use 4 oz cups or smaller, your candle won't turn out as good. "Hot Beverage" paper cups do not work as well due to their thick linings, but they will work if nothing else is available. And the cup MUST be PAPER, NO styrofoam or plastic because the wax will melt both.
- Paraffin is the best for this type of candle, and is most of the time, cheapest. You can get it in 10lb blocks at local craft stores, or in 1lb blocks at your local grocery store in the Candy Making aisle.
- Food Coloring does not work for coloring wax. Do NOT use crayons to color your wax! They can clog your wick and create a serious fire hazard! Candle coloring comes in blocks or in liquids. If making candles with a child, coloring blocks are best because they don't create as much of a mess.
- Popsicle stick(s) (or whatever you chose to use, if anything) is/are used simply to keep the wick from slipping to one side or the cup when you pour in your wax. You simply prop the wick up against the stick(s).
- Fill bottom pot of double boiler with water, place your wax in the top pot, and melt wax completely. Scent and color your wax once completely melted. Lower temperature on your stove before moving on to step 2.
- Place your pre-tabbed wick in the bottom of the cup, as upright as possible.
- Place ice around wick until your cup is 3/4 full of ice.
- Fill cup over the level of ice, but be careful not to over fill the cup.
- Allow to cool completely for about 15-30 minutes.
- Over the sink, carefully begin tearing paper cup apart, and pulling it away from your candle.
And You're Done!! Easy, huh?! Feel free to comment on this post if you have any suggestions on other methods of making Ice candles, or if you'd like to have instructions for how to make another candle or a paper box. Also comment if you've made a candle from these instructions, and would like to tell how it went! :)