Candlemaking for Hanukkah

Creating your own candles makes for a very special menorah. I didn't think this was possible, but our kids seemed to be even more excited to participate in Hanukkah traditions this year given their direct contribution and creation: a menorah that they made themselves. While we were making the candles, we had fun experimenting with colors and observing how colors change as wax cools.

  1. Ages: 5 - 16

  2. 30 minutes - 1 hour

  3. A little messy

  4. Grownup needed

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Gather your materials!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    To start, we thought about what color candles we wanted to make. Based on that, we cut up the crayons that corresponded to those colors. Be careful chopping up the crayons. Scissors also worked.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Then, we filled a paper cup about halfway with the candle wax flakes. For color, we added a few pieces of crayon. For a darker, more saturated color, add more crayon. Surprisingly, we found that a little bit of crayon can add a decent punch of color.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Then, we stuck our cup in the microwave for 45 seconds or so. If the wax wasn't melted, we would put it back in for 30 seconds at a time. Once it was melted, we gave it a little stir to make sure the color was distributed.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    Place the wick in the plastic cup, which is the mold for your candle. Then, carefully pour the melted candle wax. You can decide how thick or thin you want that layer to be.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    Before you add a new color to your candle, make sure that the color underneath it is cooled and hardened! We decided to make a tri-colored candle. For each new color, we followed the steps to melt and pour.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Step 7

    Once the candle was completely hard, we jiggled and pulled it out.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

  • Step 8

    And there we have our new candle of our own design. My kids were pretty proud of theirs.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 8

  • Done!

    We made 8 more to create an entire set of candles for our special DIY Hanukkah menorah.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 9

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