Craft Projects for Kids


Sandy Shore Candle
A Sandy Shore Candle brings the beach into your home.
A Sandy Shore Candle brings the beach into your home.
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Make a Sandy Shore Candle with your kids. This new technique using wax crystals is much safer than making traditional candles. Simply pour the crystals into a container, insert a wick, and you're ready to glow!

How to Make a Sandy Shore Candle:

What You'll Need:

  • Clear Small to Medium Drinking Glass (heat resistant)
  • Sand
  • Shells
  • Candle Wax Crystals: Mystic Blue, Cornflower Blue, Soft Teal
  • Wax-Coated Candle Wick
  • Waxed Paper
  • Tacky Glue
  • Craft Stick
  • Scissors

Step One: Cover the work surface with waxed paper. Using the craft stick, spread a layer of glue around the bottom edge of the glass, going 1/4 to 1/3 of the way up the glass. Pour some sand onto the waxed paper and roll the glass in the sand. Let glue dry completely.

Coat the outside of the glass with glue.
Coat the outside of the glass with glue.
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Step Two: Decide where you will place the shells around the sandy area of the glass. Attach the shells with glue. You may have to hold a shell in place for a short time while the glue sets.

Decorate the glass with sand and shells.
Decorate the glass with sand and shells.
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Step Three: Pour mystic blue crystals in the bottom of the glass until you reach the top of the sand. Tilt the glass and add about 1/2 inch of cornflower blue crystals. Tilt the glass the other way and add about 1/2 inch of soft teal crystals. Keep tilting the glass and alternating all 3 colors to make a wave pattern.

Fill the glass with the colored wax mixture.
Fill the glass with the colored wax mixture.
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Step Four: Insert the wick into the center of the wax crystals until it reaches the bottom.

Lower the wick into the candle.
Lower the wick into the candle.
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Step Five: Cut the wick off 1/2 inch above the surface of the crystals.

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