Since it’s Friday, you know what that means – Friday Art Lessons! Today we are sharing how to do a fun craft at the beach! Before we left on our recent trip, my husband found a craft that he said we HAD to make while we were at the beach. I was directed to pack certain supplies so we could make Sand Candles. I must admit, it was fun to do so grab a few supplies next time before you head to the beach, and try your hand at making DIY Sand Candles. Here’s how you can make your own!
First, you’ll need a few things.
An Old Pot and Stir stick (for melting the wax)
Something to lay across to hold the wick up
Shells & Accents <– link to some if you can’t get to the beach
So let’s get started…
Did your hole in the sand. We weren’t close enough to the beach to get hot wax down to there before it would start to settle so we did bring buckets of sand up to our room. We dug holes of different shapes and sizes in the sand-filled buckets. But if you are close enough, you could technically do this ON the beach which is too cool!
You can use sandcastle shapers to get more intricate shapes too!
Next, you’ll want to “decorate” your candle. Since we were doing this with the kids, we had them put everything in first. They got to pick the shells and other pieces to put in and where to put them around the edges of the candle. You can get creative with this and you can add more as the wax starts to set, but if working with kids, you might just have them do it prior and leave it.
And this is when you’ll set the wick in place. Do your best to set it in the middle.
Melt the wax. This part is pretty simple. Put your pot on the stove, and melt a cup full of wax. While the wax is melting, add in shavings of crayons in your chosen colors to change the color of the wax. We picked blue to have a beachy feel but try any color you want. Or even … COLORS Plural!
Pour your wax into your sand hole. Make sure to hold your wick in the center so it stays in place. Don’t worry if certain accents you added move a bit, that’s ok. They’ll all make an appearance when the sand candle is burned. 🙂 Allow the wax to set and harden for around 4 hours. Once the wax is in, grab your stick, lay it across the candle (without touching the wax), and let the wick rest on it so it doesn’t fall down into the wax.
Once the wax has hardened completely, carefully dig around the candle until you can lift it out by the wick. Brush off any excess sand carefully, burn your sand candles, and enjoy! We recommend burning on a glass plate or candleholder just incase your candle isn’t super straight. 🙂
We grabbed enough accents to bring home and make more of these! We plan to make these as gifts and maybe even add a few fun ones to the stock over at @adoptafairyco!