Inspired by a recent visit to my son’s school, where I helped to recycle candles and make gifts for the school’s Christmas market, our SparkHub Weekend Challenge for this week offers you some great ideas on how to make your own fancy candle creations at home.

Of course these candles make fantastic gifts for your kids to share with friends, family and teachers this Christmas but we can not guarantee that you’ll want to give them away when you see the results!

Ccollect all your old, worn down candles, including the broken ones (even kids crayons work too) and melt them in a pan on a low heat. Fish out the old wicks and you are ready to start creating!

Be sure to supervise your children when handling hot wax. They can get involved in the early part of adding the old candles to the pan and also setting the wick in place, before you pour the hot wax!

This is also a great opportunity to explore melting wax and discuss the different states of matter with your child. Take a look at this great guide by Gift of Curiosity to help you explain the process of turning a solid into a liquid. Learning and having fun — that’s what it is all about!

Seashell Treasures
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If you have shells lying around from your summer holidays, or are lucky enough to live near a beach, then these seashell candles are perfect for you! Blogger Yes Missy provides a great step-by-step on guide how to turn your beach treasures into beautiful candles.


All Shapes and Sizes

Screen Shot 2016-12-01 at 16.53.38Look how easy it is to make candles in fun shapes by using ice-cube trays! The kids will love making these and the silicon moulds will be extra easy for them to handle.

Here are some fun ideas for different shapes you can make:

Brains, hearts, stars, paws, dogs

 


Time for Tea

teacupI was amazed at how easy and enjoyable it was to make candles and what better way to recycle Granny’s odd china cups than to repurpose them into stylish candles. These would make great gifts for for your kid’s teacher this Christmas!  We love this guide by blogger BudgetSavyDiva. Check out her video online to see her useful step by step guide.


Back to Nature

acorn cap candlesDig around outside and see if you can find some acorns on the ground. The little caps make adorable candle holders and those little fingers will love making these tiny floating candles. Take a look at this great tutorial from GunnySack


extrasAdditional items you will need:
Paraffin Wax (to mix with your melt candles)
Wooden Skewers (to hold the wick. You can also use a pencil or clothes pegs).
Candle Wicks (use a little melted wax to hold the wick in place at the bottom).

 


Tip 1: Layer your candles by using different coloured wax, allowing each colour to set before pouring on the next!
Tip 2: Add a few drops of your favourite scented oil to the melted wax to give your candles a light fragrance.

 


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