Did you know that you can paint candles with crayons? Me either. The entire process is easier than you'd probably think!
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Use old crayons to embellish plain candles.
- An old muffin pan
- A cookie sheet and oven or electric hot plate
- Old crayons
- Natural bristle brushes
- A plain candle
Break crayons into muffin pan and melt. I melted mine on cookie sheet in the oven at 250 degrees F for 5 minutes. I had to re-melt a couple of times because the wax cools quickly.
Paint your design on your candle. Sometimes it helps to let some wax cool on the brush to harden and give you some control. I used cotton swabs to dot the pink and silver. You can use a pencil or toothpick to scrape in your design first.
Use a candle lighter to melt the wax into the candle if it is sitting on the surface. This also creates a watercolor look.
I still haven’t seen what happens when the candle melts down. I would imagine that the crayon wax will melt down the candle. It could be cool, it could make a mess. It’s best just to put a glass catch under the candle.