Soy Candles- Colored With Crayons





I made candles using soy flakes and crayons. The crayons were used to tint the soy flakes.

Step 1: Materials and Set Up

1. I laid out newspaper. (I make a mess every time I make candles and this makes clean up a breeze.) The pictures show how I set up my table for making candles.
2. The other pictures show the containers I used. The metal container are candle molds. The smaller metal containers are floating clandle molds.
3. The glass pieces are vintage items I picked up at good-will or odd pieces I had.
4. I saw on pintrest that a person used cupcake foil to molde cute cupcake candles.( I used my metal cupcake pans to hold the shape.)
5. The blue ice Cube trays are used to make melt-aways (for warmers)
6. The last picture is old pencils I use to keep wick in place, scissors and laundry pins.

Step 2: Adding Wicks

Next, I use wick sticks (small round stickers that are sticky on both sides) and place them at the bottom of my glass items so the wick will stay in place once I add the soy wax.
I also use pencils and laundry pins to hold the wicks in place.

Step 3: Add Crayons for Color

Since I have 2 little girls they helped me peel the crayons and picked the colors.
The last picture shows the crayons added to the soy flakes prior to melting. I only used a few crayons of each color.

Step 4: Melting the Soy Flakes

When melting the soy flakes I use a double boiler method. I have an old pot and an old coffee pot. I place the pot on medium heat and stir until melted.

Step 5: Pouring the Soy Into Molds

After the soy had melted I added a scented oil. We used buttercream oil for the cupcake candles and lavender vanilla for the other candles.

I bought the oil, soy, wicks and metal molds off of ebay. I don't have a certain company I use for the oil scents. I just ebay searched "candle oils."

Step 6: Cooling Candles

Since we are in an artic freeze I placed the candles outside to cool.
Once the candles felt cool, I peeled away the cupcake foil. We used two colors for a layered look for the cupcakes.

Step 7: Finishing Touches

Last I bag up the perfect candles for gifts for the teacher this Spring and keep the not so perfect candles for my house ;) it's a fun simple way to spend a snow day!

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    3 years ago

    I tried using the crayon as dye for candles with two methods and it was not good, they did not burn well at all with the soy or the Crisco candles. did the same candles with the only change being that I used candle dye and they were great.

    I use some of the same methods you use for the molds, and I also use crayons for dye in the candles. They work great, but tend to leave residue once the tarts are melted. Have you had a problem with this as well? Great job on the instructions as well, I would have never thought to use ice trays so I am def going to try that one!

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    I liked the look of the crayons in the candles, but they didn't burn clean and sometimes smelled more like a crayon buring Than a candle. Haha

    Do the muffin papers come off the wax easily, or do you use a coating of oil or something so they remove easy? Is soy wax better than paraffin?

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    I just used regular muffin papers and they came right off the candles. I've only used soy wax. I like soy because it burns clean and is easy to set.


    5 years ago

    how do you clean out the coffee pot afterwards?

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Hi, Thanks for the question.....Once I pour out the last of the hot soy wax in a mold, I quickly rinse the pot out with hot water and wipe it out with a paper towel. I find that soy wax is really easy to work with and clean up. :)


    5 years ago

    Cool-love doing projects with melted crayons:) check out my instructable on melted crayons:)