Saturday, April 7, 2012

Fun Salt Candle

Moms!!!!  With summer on the way I want to give you a few fun, (and super easy), crafts that you can do with your kiddos.  Here is great project that requires nothing more than salt, paraffin wax or old candle, food coloring, a glass jar and a candle wick.

Using food coloring, color as many different shades and colors of salt as desired.  Layer the different colors by spooning a few spoonfuls of colored salt at a time until you reach the desired depth.  Force a candle wick, long enough to reach the top of your jar, into the center of your candle. Using a bamboo or metal shish-kabob stick, poke channels down the outside of the bottle, forcing the last color you layered into the channels.  The candle in the picture is supposed to look like fire.  My yellow layer was a less intense color and the black bled into the yellow.  If you don't want colors to bleed then use similar colors.  Once you have completed all the sand design then melt paraffin in a coffee can over a burner, (I placed my can in boiling water until the wax was melted).  You can also melt an old candle instead of the wax, this will give you color and perhaps fragrance if you use a scented candle. The wax seals the salt in place, once it has dried.

 You can really use your imagination with this project.  I discussed with the kids the properties of salt...will salt burn? 

1 comment:

  1. What a great idea!

    Debbie: rebbiedeed(at)