If you've got kids, then chances are, you've got crayons coming out of your ears. From kindergarten up through middle school, every new school year comes with a supply list that inevitably includes a brand new box of crayons. I have three kids, which means that on the last day of school, my kids bring a lot of broken, shabby crayons home. They get tossed into a big plastic bin and get used for home projects. But a family only needs so many crayons. This project is a nice way to recycle some of those extra crayons into something beautiful.
This project costs about $10 for three medium-sized candles in containers.
Step 1: Materials
You will need:
- Broken crayons
- Assorted jars. For this project, I used a jelly jar, a small pickle jar, and the remnant of an old Christmas candle whose wick had burned out.
- 1 lb bag of soy wax (makes three small to medium candles)
- Candle wicks
- Clothes pins
- Hot glue gun
- Double burner (or two pots and one metal cookie cutter)
Step 2: Prepare the wick bottom
Add a dab of hot glue to the metal bottom of the wick.
Step 3: Fix the wick to the bottom of the jar
Push the wick's metal button to the center of the jar. Use a clothespin to hold the wick in a vertical position.
For the red Christmas candle, I glued the wick in the center of the wax that remained in the old candle.
Step 4: Peel the paper off the crayons
This is a good job for the kids.
Step 5: Fill the jars with crayons
I tend to like keeping similar colors together -- say, all reds and oranges -- but feel free to mix and match as you like.
Pretty, eh? Like old-fashioned candy jars.
Step 6: Make a double boiler
If you don't have a double boiler, you can make one by putting a metal cookie cutter in the bottom of a large pot. Fill the pot with water just to the top of the cookie cutter. Then place the smaller pot inside the larger one, so that its bottom rests atop the cookie cutter. Bring the water to a nice simmer.