Candles are fun to make but can take a lot of wax. This is a method of making really neat looking candles that doesn’t take as much wax.
- wax paper cups
- pencil or Popsicle stick
- crushed ice
- paraffin wax
- wax dye or old crayons (optional)
- Secure one end of the wick to the inside bottom of the wax cup with a little bit of tape. (if you have wicks with metal bottoms this may not be necessary)
- Tie or tape the other end of the wick to the pencil or Popsicle stick so it doesn’t fall into the cup.
- Melt the wax in a double boiler and colour as desired
- Fill the cup with ice. Ideally you want the chunks of ice to be between 1/2 cm and 1 cm in size.
- Pour wax into the cup until the ice is submerged
- Wait for the wax to cool and the ice to melt, then carefully remove the stick and cup. You will end up with a candle that had large holes in it kind of like Swiss cheese.
Warning: Always burn these candles on a large fireproof surface as they may collapse in unpredictable (but interesting) ways as they burn. Do not leave burning candles unsupervised.