Layered Crayon Candles




Use crayons to create unique candles for your home or as a gift for a loved one.

Approximate completion time: 45-60 minutes per candle.
Ages 12+, or ages 6-11 with adult supervision and assistance.

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Step 1: Gather Supplies

Crayons (any brand)
Shredded wax (any brand)
White or uncolored scented wax (optional)
Butter knife
Oven mitt (optional)
Microwave-safe cup (pouring spout preferred)
Glass or clear plastic candle holder
Candle wicks (length of wick should be appropriate for candle holder height)

TOTAL COST: $15-20

Step 2:

Take a small pinch of shredded wax and place it into the microwave-safe cup (preferably with a pouring spout).

Step 3:

Heat wax in microwave for 30-60 seconds (or until melted thoroughly) and stir if needed. Caution: wax and cup may be hot; use an oven mitt if necessary.

Step 4:

Pour melted wax into the bottom of your candle holder. Immediately place the candle wick base into the melted wax at the bottom center. Allow 30 seconds to harden.

Step 5:

Choose 3-5 crayons in your preferred color scheme.

Step 6:

Peel paper off crayons and arrange them in your preferred order from bottom to top.

Step 7:

Choose your preferred color of crayon for first layer and break it into 4-5 small chunks.

Step 8:

Add about half of the broken crayon* and about a fourth-cup of shredded wax to the microwave-safe cup. Additional shredded wax may be needed for larger candle holders**.

*You do not need to use the entire crayon for each layer. The candle will burn more efficiently when less crayon is added to the mixture.

**If you wish to add fragrance, add a half-cube of the scented wax into this mixture. Be sure to add scented wax to each layer.

Step 9:

Place cup in microwave and set timer for 3 minutes. Each 30 seconds, take out cup and stir mixture.

*You may not need to heat wax for entire 3 minutes; just heat until wax is completely melted.

Step 10:

Once mixture is completely melted, carefully pour it into the bottom of the candle holder*, making sure to avoid the inner sides and the wick as you pour**.

*You do not need to pour the entire mixture into the candle holder. Please take into account the height of your candle holder and the number of colors you wish to use as you pour the mixture to your desired thickness. For example, a small candle holder with several desired colors will require thinner layers.

**If wax is accidentally dribbled on sides, allow it to harden and scrape off excess with a butter knife.

Step 11:

Pour excess wax into a trash can and wipe out the inside of the cup with a paper towel until clean. Do NOT rinse with water and do NOT pour wax down drain.

Step 12:

Allow melted wax to cool and harden in the candle holder. You may either wait for 15-20 minutes for the layer to harden at room temperature or place the candle holder in a refrigerator for 5-7 minutes. Do NOT move to next step until layer is hardened.

Step 13:

Repeat steps 7-14 for each crayon of your chosen color scheme, making sure that the surface of the top layer is 1-2 centimeters from the top of the candle holder.

Step 14:

Once all layers of colored wax have been added and hardened, trim the wick so that it extends about one centimeter from the surface of the wax.

Step 15:

Light candle using a match or lighter. Be sure to keep all lit candles away from children and combustible items. Never allow candles to burn without supervision.

Step 16:

Create additional candles using different themes as your color scheme or varying the thickness of each layer to create more unique candles!

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19 Discussions


5 years ago

Love this fun and simple craft, thanks for sharing! How much did the supplies cost approximately?

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Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

Thanks for the question! Our supplies cost about $15-20. We also added this to the beginning of our instructions. Have fun candle-making!


3 years ago

I'm a little dubious of inhaling whatever crayola uses for coloring pigment. What may be safe to touch or even ingest, might not be true of breathing.

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Reply 3 years ago

Most crayons are nontoxic, and since they make crayon melters used to make mixed crayon colors, i think youre safe

Why on earth would you pour the excess wax into the trash? Pour it into a cup, onto a plate, anywhere, let it harden, put it in a bag and save it for later. Save up a bunch of little wax chips and make another candle, or combine to make different colours, or use for another craft..... just don't throw it out.


4 years ago

I'm going to try without wax


4 years ago

Could we do this without wax?


4 years ago on Introduction

I did this with some kids that I babysit and they loved it! We made our own labels to put on the candles and we wrapped them up to give to their mom for mother's day. It was great because it was fun for the kids and I to do together. thanks!


5 years ago on Introduction

Very Cool! For a different design, lean the candle holder at an angle while the wax hardens, and you'll get a diagonal pattern!


5 years ago on Introduction

this's really cool..!!!!!!! I'll try it right away.. Thank for sharing..


5 years ago

Would be better if you added fragrance too :)

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5 years ago on Introduction

Very interesting and colorful ! A thin layer was with multi color combination would look very good too but time consuming.


5 years ago on Introduction

nifty. it would be better if you didn't need to have all the extra wax.