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Making Sand Candles


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Don't have a candle mold?  Make one out of sand!  This is a great budget-friendly tip that's great for anyone who wants to make unique candles for themselves or as gifts.  Since the wax has to be extremely hot for this project, safety precaution is a must.


The main thing to remember when making these candles is the wax has to be extremely hot. Boiling water will not get the wax hot enough so direct heat is needed. Be very careful; do not leave the wax unattended for any reason. I have had the most success with temperatures over 300-degree F. The best type of wax to use is a soft wax like the type that is used for container candles.

  1. Take a metal bucket or other non-melt able container and fill it with sand.
  2. Make a depression in the sand that is the desired shape of the candle. A Bowl shape is the best.
  3. Your first pour should be plain candle wax. This will form the "bowl." Let this cool.
  4. The second pour needs to be cooler as not to disrupt the "sand bowl." The color and fragrance should be added to the second pour, because they cannot stand up the high heat and are to expensive to waste on sand. I suggest adding your wick after the second pour by heating a metal rod like a coat hanger.
















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Would love to try this project but not enough info and needs pictures.

need pictures

This sounds like a really great idea for candle making. they would be great for gifts... but I would really love to see pictures or even a "How too" video! that would be fantastic.. I havent made candles since i was young , but this would be a great way to get back into it! thanks for the great idea!

I would like to see pictures too. thank you

I would like to see photos of this process. Also, I would like to know how the first pour makes a bowl shape without turning the bucket to do so, or is that how it's done? Also, could you install the wick after the 1st pour, but before the second one by suspending it by a rod across the bucket or whatever you use? Like, wrap it around the rod and seat it on the bottom, on top of the first pour? Thanks, Sharon


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