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Making sand candles is fun and easy to do, they make great gifts and it's a nice activity to do together with your children!
Also you can recycle leftovers of candles this way or transform old candles which you don't burn any more, if you want to go 'all natural'; use beeswax, it smells great, there's no harmfull substances in it and it makes the most beautifull candles!
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Step 1: Gather you materials

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It's time to make sand candles, first gather your materials.

- Some old candles (or leftovers of candles) or beeswax
- an old pan to melt the wax in (or a can if you want to melt the wax 'au bain Marie') and something to stir
- candle wick
-  a bowl filled with moist sand
- molds of your choice (for instance seashells, sand molds, drinking glasses, small baking tins etc.)
- a stick which is a little thicker then the wick you use and a bit longer than the diameter of your bowl

Step 2: Prepare your mold

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Gently press your molds into the moist sand in the bowl, if you're having trouble pushing the molds all the way in the sand then make the sand a little looser with your hands and try again.

Step 3: Take the molds out

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Take the molds out of the sand and look if you are happy with the result, if not, repeat the last step.

Step 4: Insert the wick

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Use a stick, which is a little thicker then the wick you intend to use, to make a hole in the sand where the wick will go.
Cut off a piece of wick (make sure it's not to short!, see next step for an example of how long the wick should be) and stick it in the hole you just made, use a little bit of sand to close the hole up, if you use to much it will be visible when the candle is done.
MsJan2 years ago
So cute. Do remember not to add fragrances since they cause cancer and make some people very ill. A Healthy Home Has No Smell !

That's not true MsJan. Please don't make assumptions. Fragrances can be natural Essential Oils or safe Fragrance Oils. Unless you have a chemical engineering degree or can prove scents cause cancer, you're make a very unsafe broad based remark. I make soaps and my bf and son make candles. All of the scents we use are body safe. Just a helpful tip. Thanks.

great idea!
scoochmaroo3 years ago
Love it! Unlimited possibilities.