This was one of the most fun Activity Days activities we have done! Even though it takes a bit of extra time to gather all the supplies, I highly recommend it! We did this activity near Christmas time so they could give some of their candles away as gifts.
Duration: 1 session
- 6 ounces soy wax (You can find a ten pound bag on Amazon for $20 – much cheaper per pound than where I bought it, Hobby Lobby! You can also search for old soy candles at thrift stores and have a lesson on reusing things, too!) It needs to be soy wax in order to microwave it.
- Two baby food jars
- About one foot of cotton string
- 2 popsicle sticks
- 1 disposable butter knife
- 2 small nuts or metal paperclips (to weigh down the wick)
- Pieces of old crayola crayons (Do not use any other brand, as they sometimes have non-wax fillers that just don’t melt.)
Just One for the Entire Group:
- Microwave (you should have one in the church kitchen)
- (Optional) Candle scent (I purchased one $4 bottle at Hobby Lobby and had tons left)
- (Optional) Dropper for candle scent.
- (Optional) Disposable table cloth (I did not use one and regretted it afterward when I had to scrape dried wax off the counter top! As you can see from the pictures, I used towels, but they did not provide full coverage and were mostly useless.)
- I would recommend trying out the process for yourself once at home before giving directions.
- Prepare a spiritual thought about light or candles. I chose Matthew 5:14-16 (Let your light so shine), but other inspirations you might consider are:
- Psalms 119:105 (Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.)
- Psalms 18:28 (For thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.)
- John 8:12 (I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.)
- Eila’s Candle
- Candle in the Window
- Begin your activity with whatever spiritual thought about light and candles you have chosen.
- Explain the process of making the candles:
- Put as much soy wax flakes as you can into the baby food jar.
- Press and squish down the wax as much as possible.
- Add more wax and repeat until the jar is packed full.
- Put all the jars of wax in the microwave and set for 2-3 minutes.
- While the microwave is running, use the butter knife to scrape wax off of a crayon color of your choice. You should get a pile of shavings to be about the size of 1-2 quarters. Any more wax than this will not melt into the soy wax, it will just sink to the bottom.
- Check the wax in the microwave. Add more wax if it was not packed tightly enough and there is too little melted wax in the jar. Microwave longer if not all the wax melted.
- Have the adult remove the wax from the microwave using hot pads.
- Add ten drops of scent to the jar.
- Add the crayon shavings.
- Use the butter knife to stir the wax thoroughly.
- Assemble the wick by cutting a 6″ piece of string, tying a nut/paperclip to one end, and a popsicle stick to the other.
- Hang the nut/paperclip on the string down into the wax until it touches the bottom.
- Wind any extra string around the popsicle stick until the nut is barely touching the bottom, the string is taught, and the popsicle stick is resting on the top of the jar.
- Have the girls make two candles using the above instructions.
- Label each candle and leave on the counter overnight to cool.