Ice pillar candles

By Susan Rogers on November 14, 2013

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This project works with melted wax or soap. Supervise children closely. 


You'll Need...

  • candle wax (available at craft stores)
  • coloured wax crayons (great way to use up old crayons)
  • ice cubes
  • mallet or meat tenderizer
  • waxed milk or juice cartons
  • taper candle



1. Cut the top off the waxed carton and rinse it out. Wipe the inside with vegetable oil to help the finished candle slide out more easily after the wax hardens.

2. Melt a tiny bit of wax from the bottom of a candle and pour it into the centre of the bottom of the carton. Push the taper into the soft wax to hold it upright in the centre. Let dry.

3. Wrap ice cubes in a towel and use a mallet or meat tenderizer to break into chips.

4. Melt three separate colours of crayons and/or candle wax in a microwave-safe bowl. NOTE: Before you start to build your pillar candle, make sure you have all three colours of melted wax and your crushed ice close by. The wax will harden quickly once it hits the ice and it must be warm enough to melt into the colour below in order for the candle to slide out of the carton as one piece.

5. Pour a small amount of the colour you’d like on the bottom of the candle into the carton, then quickly spoon in some crushed ice, cover with next colour of wax, spoon in more crushed ice, quickly pour in next colour of wax to cover and repeat until the wax fills up to the top of the taper.

6. Allow wax to cool completely (about one hour), pouring ice water into the sink as it melts, about every 15 minutes.

7. Slide the finished candle out of the carton, or peel away the container.


Originally published in ParentsCanada magazine, November 2013.

By Susan Rogers| November 14, 2013

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