Saturday, December 20, 2008

25 Days of Christmas: Day 20

Ice Candles
Materials Needed:

Empty half-gallon cardboard milk or juice carton (rinsed and dried)
10" white candle
ice cubes
candle scent- optional
2 lb. wax

Prior to melting the wax you can prepare the mold. Place candle in the middle of the carton and fill with ice cubes. Make sure candle is centered while filling carton. Place carton in freezer until ready to use. Melt wax in coffee can placed in a pan with several inches of water over low to medium heat. Add bits of crayon/candle coloring and candle scent as desired. Stir wax while melting usingan old wooden spoon or wooden dowel. Do not leave melting wax unattended on stove. When the wax has melted, remove the mold from the freezer and slowly pour the melted wax into the mold. Make sure the coffee can is not too hot to handle prior to pouring the wax. Fill to the top of the mold and let sit for at least 15 minutes. The ice cubes will start to melt and you can drain water out of the candle by holding over the sink. Let candle sit for another 15 minutes and drain again. Repeat several more times, then carefully peel away the carton from the candle. Let the candle sit for several more hours in order to ensure all of the water has drained out. You can dust the outside with glitter for decoration. Place on a ironstone plate, decorate bottom of candle with greenery, light & enjoy.

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