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Crayon-Dipped Ombre Candles for $5

If you're looking for a quick and easy project that's also cost effective, here is the perfect one for you! Even if you're not big on candles, these little pretties will liven up your decor and give it a touch of class for just $5.
Time: 10 Minutes Cost: $5 Difficulty: Easy
SUPPLIES: -pillar candles (any size) -votive candles (old white candle, if you have one) -crayons -small pot -tin can -disposable utensil -parchment paper Not pictured but recommended: -kitchen tongs
STEP 1: Melt mini candles and crayon To start, I removed the wicks from two votive candles...

...then filled my small pot about half way with water, placed my tin can in the water and put two votive candles inside the can one at a time.
Once the votives melted, I broke off a piece of a red crayon...
...and added it to the melted wax.
After the crayon started to melt, I carefully stirred and mixed the waxes together until they were completely blended.
Once your wax is blended, CAREFULLY remove the tin can with tongs and place it on a sheet of parchment paper. Then, one-by-one, dip your pillar candle inside the can.
My first attempt was a total FAIL — I tried holding the top of the candle and inadvertently dropped the candle into the wax which caused it to splash up on the top of the candle.
If this happens, simply pull the candle out by the wick, take a disposable spoon and pour the crayon mixture where you need to — pour off any excess on the candle. It doesn’t look like the other two but it still looks like it has somewhat of an ombré effect. I found that holding on to the wick gave me better control of the candle. If you have a mason jar or some other see-through NON-PLASTIC container that you don’t mind throwing out after this one project, you could try and use it instead of a tin can. This way you can see how far down you’re dipping your candle.
I'm not a huge candle person but I love how something as simple as flipping wine glasses over and putting these pretty hand-dipped candles on top add a classy touch to my home decor.
*Just a side note: you don’t HAVE to use pillar candles. This method will work with stick candles as well and would look really cool in a candelabra. In fact, if I ever come across an old one, I may snatch it up and do this project again with stick candles!
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  • William
    William Burbank, IL
    on Oct 9, 2016

    They are so lovely! Great Idea! Great share!

  • Hillela G.
    Hillela G.
    on Oct 9, 2016

    They're lovely!

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Oct 10, 2016

    Ooo Courtney they're beautiful! Love the shade they turned out. Very urban outfitters feel :)

  • KAZA
    KAZA Australia
    on Oct 15, 2016

    How simple and so effective. Thanks for the idea!

  • Cvmarin
    Cvmarin Chalfont, PA
    on Oct 15, 2016

    They are lovely! Be aware that MELTING WAX indoors is extreme FIRE HAZARD! Combusted wax can splatter and start multiple fires simultaneously all over kitchen. Scary anecdotal account of this in Good Housekeeping some years ago...her kitchen totaled, burns. You can do this safely outside with no dried vegetation nearby. You can also melt old crayons by SOLAR HEAT to make candles in a black metal container in hot sun. My 3rd grade class did this at year end with their crayons, in milk cartons...

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