Friday, June 26, 2009

How to Make Sand Candles




Well it was the second last day of school today and in Kindergarten we had "Beach Day".

I know you're thinking....."they have to go back on Monday!"....well that's the schedule this year..go figure.

We made sand candles as our Beach Day craft. The kids had a blast and they were very easy to do.


















Materials Required:

paraffin wax (1 box will make around 6 candles)
old coffee cans or metal pot
electric frying pan
wicks
seashells
disposable plastic bowls (optional)
crayons
sand
water






The first thing you want to do is get your wax melted. Put 2-3 inches of water into your electric frying pan. I found some old ones at a garage sale for about $3.00..I use them only to melt wax and that way I don't care if they get all scratched up.

Put your wax chunks into a metal coffee can or old pot. If you are using an old coffee can squeeze one end to form a spout...this helps when pouring out the melted wax. Place into the water and turn it on low. You don't want to melt your wax on high heat as it is a combustible...I try to keep the water just below boiling. Keep extra water nearby in case you need to add some....the water evaporates as you are melting. If you want to color your wax take some crayons in the desired color....remove wrapper and add to melting wax. You don't need much about 1/2 a crayon or so. Stir your wax every so often to get it all melted. Here I'm using pencils as my stir sticks. NEVER LEAVE MELTING WAX UNATTENDED.





Because I had 37 students and I wanted a candle they could easily take home I used some plastic bowls. If you are at the beach or have time you can do this in a pail or directly on the beachfront.









Add some water to your sand...you want it sticky. Place a handful into the bowl and mold it into a bowl or cup shape. You want some depth to it so you have room for your wax.











Add shells to the bottom and sides and press into the wet sand a bit.







Add a wick....here we used wicks that had a metal disk on the bottom. They were pre waxed so they stood up....it was more cost efficient with 37 to buy them this way.

You can make your own by tying wicking to a metal washer and then dip the wick into the melted wax to stiffen it.






Carefully pour your melted wax into your mold. With young kids this should be done by an adult.







Place the candle aside to harden and don't disturb it. We had ours outside and they took about 45 minutes to harden up.








Gently remove candle from mold and brush off the excess sand.

Trim the wick if needed.





There you have it. A great summer project to try. If you have excess wax you can keep it in the can and melt it again for another candle project.

As they candles melt down you might want to make a foil bowl to set them in to protect your table.

That's it for now. The mini garden post is still coming. I am planting the gardens this weekend and will take lots of pictures.

see you then

gail

8 comments:

  1. Very nice indeed. Can't wait to try it out, I'm sure my kids will love it. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I guess those would be "sandles" then. Very cool!

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  3. so cool what a great summer project these would be cute in red white and blue for the fourth.

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  4. Do you have any idea how much I wish I could be one of your students??!! These would be so much fun to actually make at the sea shore or even lakeside with small lake pebbles. As hot as it has been in some parts of the country lately, you wouldn't even need electricity! Just set the wax out in the sun!
    I wish I could see every single one of these up close. And just think how they would look all burning at the same time! Thank you so much for sharing with us.

    Pam from Gingerbread Snowflakes

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  5. Thanks for the comments, I like your idea about the pebbles Pam I'll have to give that one a try, Toni: it would look nice in red,white, and blue,...you could even layer the wax to get all 3 in one candle..you just have to let it harden in between.

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  6. Wow, I love this! I remember doing something similar at day camp as a child. What a fun activity. I'll be linking.

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  7. What a fun craft for the kids!

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  8. You must use a double boiler the wax will ignite - some people use crock pots...

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