I have been making our recycled advent candles again recently (in essence following the same process as for our Easter Eggs Candles but with a “normal” mold). Red Ted asked if he could draw some numbers on our candles (1 through to 4 for the 4 Advent Sundays) which made me think – why not draw on the candles? I love how these are a great gifts kids can make – be it for Christmas, be it as a gift to teacher or even for Mother’s Day or a gift on Valentines! More Than a Momma actually came up with a very clever “transfer” idea – when I first saw the post, I thought she had used a special kit, but no! It is super clever. Check it out. But in the meantime we found that permanent markers worked too.
- plain candles (we made these from last year’s candle left overs),
- marker pens (we actually found that Stabilo and BIC worked better than Sharpies in this instance!)
With the Sharpies it helped if we scribbled on paper in between drawing – to help get the ink flowing if that makes sense. I would do that with all the pens you used at the end to make sure they are still working properly!
UPDATE: if you have Posca Pens, these should work really well!
How to make your DIY decorated candles
1) Make your candles
2) Design a pattern.
3) Get drawing!
I love that Red Ted wanted to make his as a gift for teacher! So sweet of him.
Pip Squeak’s Flowers would be great for a Mother’s Day Gift?
And why not do hearts for a Valentine’s Day Gift?!
Looking for more Gifts Kids Can Make ideas? Here are some of our favourite from the year gone by: