Sand Candles – Get Back to Nature

From Episode 205 – Hippie Dippy Brini

In the spirit of the hippie, our craft project for this episode uses all natural materials. We’re making sand candles. This craft is such fun to do on the beach if you have one near by. We made ours on a lovely stretch of beach on the pacific ocean. It was idyllic. If you don’t have a beach handy, it can be done indoors with buckets and playground sand. The candles come out just the same and no one will be the wiser.

You’ll need:
  • Wax
  • Candy thermometer
  • Wax die (if you don’t have wax die you can use crayons or an old lipstick)
  • Wicks (ours were freestanding wicks)
Method:

Heat the wax in a container that you won’t want to use for anything else afterwards. We used a sterno flame, which took forever so if you’re doing it on the beach you’ll probably want to do it over an open flame. Be sure a fire is allowed on your beach before you set one. If you’re doing it at home you can use the stove, but don’t put your wax container directly on the stove, put it in boiling water so you don’t run the risk of setting the wax on fire by getting it too hot.

You’ll want the wax to be between 140 degrees and 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the wax has melted add in your die block, lipstick or crayons and melt that up as well.

Melt the wax and dye.

Next you’ll want to dig a hole. The hole should be dug in sand that’s been compacted by the water, but not so close to the ocean that it’s in danger of being inundated by the surf. The shape of the hole will determine the shape of your candle. I like to poke three indentations into the sand once my hole has been dug to create a tripod for my candle to stand on, but that’s not necessary. Then put the wick in the hole and while holding it in place pour the wax in.

Pour the wax in the hole you've created.

It takes a little while to set up, so prepare a few activities to keep you busy while it does. Once the wax has hardened you can dig up your sand candles and brush them off. Get as much sand off them as possible, trim the wick to about a half inch and you’re ready to light it up!

Finished Sand Candles

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