Ice Candle

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Ice Candle
Total Time 2 to 3 hours Ages school-age

In this classic kitchen craft, kids (with a parent's help) can combine ice and hot wax to form a cool, lacy-looking candle. Set it in the center of your holiday table or give it as special gift that'll melt Grandma's heart.

What you'll need

  • Scissors
  • Cylindrical cardboard container (salt or oatmeal)
  • Paper towel
  • Cooking oil
  • Knife
  • White tapered candle
  • Large tin can
  • 1 pound of paraffin wax
  • Large saucepan
  • Wooden skewer
  • Crayon pieces
  • Large spoon
  • Crushed ice
  • Bowl

How to make it

  1. Ice Candle - Step 1

    Have your child prepare a mold by cutting off the top of the cardboard container. Use a paper towel to coat the inside with cooking oil. With a knife, trim the bottom from the taper so the taper is the same height as the mold.

  2. Ice Candle - Step 2

    Meanwhile, fill the tin can with the wax. Then place it in a saucepan filled with 2 inches of water and set the pan over low heat. Use a wooden skewer to stir the melting wax. Mix in crayon pieces to get your desired candle color.

  3. Ice Candle - Step 3

    Pour 1/2 inch of wax into the prepared mold and immediately stick the taper into the center, wick end up. Hold the taper in place for a minute or two while the wax sets.

  4. Ice Candle - Step 4

    Spoon 2 inches of crushed ice around the taper, then cover the ice almost completely with melted wax. Add more ice, then more wax, alternating until the mold is filled.

  5. Step 5 - Ice Candle

    Set the mold in a bowl for about an hour (it will leak water), letting the wax harden completely, then peel off the cardboard.

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