DIY Treasure Candle
Crafts for Older Kids
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Long ago, when I was a teenager I loved going into the many new age shops that we had in our area. A popular product at the time was Treasure Candles. As the candle burns treasures and charms reveal themselves. The anticipation of finding the treasures is usually more fun than the treasures themselves.
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DIY Treasure Candle
When my daughter became interested in making candles we decided to make our own DIY Treasure Candle.
Not only did we have fun making the candles together, but we also found that they are great gifts. Treasure Candles are easy to personalize for whoever is lucky enough to get their own DIY Treasure Candle. It really makes us think about the person getting the candle and what that person likes when choosing the charms to include. We made my niece a Treasure Candle with 13 charms to find on her 13th birthday. We enjoyed making the candle and thinking about what charms she would like.
Materials for a DIY Treasure Candle:
- An old pot for melting the wax
- Candle Natural Wax – you can recycle used candles by melting them down but the candles need to be the same color and you need to pick out the old wicks as they melt.
- CANDLE WICKS
- A Glass container
- Something to stir with. – We used disposable chopsticks.
- Charms for Crafting and/or treasures that won’t be ruined by melted wax.
- A tube with one closed end. We used a cardboard roll wrapped in wax paper.
- Essential oils or extracts for scented candles (optional)
Instructions for a DIY Treasure Candle:
- Once the wax has cooled and hardened pull out the wax covered cardboard tube.
- Put the wick in the center. If you are using a new wick tie the bottom of the wick to a nut to weigh it down and keep it in place. Tie the top of a wick to a pencil/pen and lay it across the top of the container to keep the wick straight. If re-using a thinner candle just stick it in.
- Add a charm to the bottom and cover with wax.
- Allow to cool a bit, then put the next charm, cover with wax. Repeat this step until the charms are in the candle and the center has been filled with wax. The wax tends to sink in the center as it cools so you may need to repeat this step quite a few times.
- Allow the candle to cool and harden. Clean up any excess wax and your DIY Treasure Candle is ready to burn!
When you are ready to light your DIY treasure candles watch for the treasures to appear as the candle burns. Use tweezers to remove the treasure.
It's really fun when the treasures appear!