Not only will these hand-painted candles lend a festive glow to a teacher's or grandparent's holiday decor, they'll also spark your child's imagination to come up with unique decorative patterns.
Use the point of the dull pencil to etch designs into the wax (for younger kids, it may be helpful to draw the designs in marker first). Don't press too hard, or you may accidentally veer off course. Instead, go over the lines once or twice to create a shallow groove that will catch paint.
Brush paint into the grooves. Dilute the paint as you work by occasionally dipping the paintbrush in water.
Let the paint set for about 5 minutes, then clean away the excess from around the designs with cotton swabs, being careful not to wipe any out of the grooves. To remove any spots of paint that don't wipe away easily, try using a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol (a parent's job).