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Hello Honeybear Lane! It is so good to be back! This is Amy, from Amy’s Craft Bucket. Being a part of Heidi’s amazing blog and creative world has been so fun!
Are you ready to do another fun craft with your kids? How about this:
A Personalized Candle!
Doing Crafts with my kids has been a great way to beat the boredom of long days and extreme temperatures. We actually hit 119 degrees this summer. Yuck! Anyway, using your kids artwork is such a fun way to personalize a candle. Think of all the holiday possibilities! Best of all they are pretty simple to make.
You will need:
A Candle (or two)
tissue paper ( I used one that was plain white and one that had a floral design)
hair dryer or embossing tool
Step 1: Measure out your tissue paper. Roll it around your candle and make sure you see ends meet before cutting. Do the same for your wax paper.
You should now have two pieces of paper. One tissue, one wax.
If you are using the plain tissue paper, then now is the time to let your little artist get to work.
Which brings me to step 2: Color the tissue paper using crayons. ( Do you like my daughter’s hair? It was styled by the swimming pool earlier in the day)
Once your picture is completed, you can begin step 3.
Step 3: Wrap the tissue paper around the candle first. Then wrap the wax paper around it. Make sure both are taught. The idea is that the wax on the wax paper will seal the tissue paper to the candle.
Step 4: Use your blow dryer to seal the wax onto the candle. Be careful not to burn your fingers, please. I had to press my blow dryer directly on top of the candle. I am sure that heat will vary, so if your paper starts to yellow back off a little and keep your appliance moving. Embossing tools work a little better. But work with what you have. (oh, yeah, this little curly head of mine had the same hair stylist as her sister in the previous picture.
** Note in the pictures above the wax paper was not wrapped around the candle. This was our first attempt. We discovered that it is indeed better to wrap the wax paper all the way around the candle.
This is what your finished product will look like. As you can see the butterfly suffered a bit. Some of the crayon color melted off on the wax paper. The reason why, we heated that spot too long. Keep your hot air circulating. We were able to fix the artwork. We just color on it again.
So it looks like this now.:)
And the other looks like this:
The funny thing is, both of my girls loved this project. They liked how each of their candles turned out, but Cambria thought Kiera’s looked better and Kiera thought Cambria’s looked better. And they both said that to me when the other sister wasn’t around! I guess it is true, the grass is always greener on the other side. They were very excited however, to clear a place of honor on their shelves to display their new craft.
I really hope that you have enjoyed this little craft idea. For more crafts to do with your kids (and for yourself as well) please visit me at Amy’s Craft Bucket. I would love to have you!
Until the next time Honey Bear Lane!