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How to Make a Sand Candle

Pretty up your picnic table with an easy-to-make sand candle. This one was made to suit a star-spangled soiree, but you can create any shape you want. So dig in.

Materials Needed:

  • 1-lb. bag of soy wax flakes
  • All-purpose or play sand
  • Waxed 3 ½-in. wire wick with clip
  • Candle wax dye


Step 1

Dampen sand 4-5 in. deep in a bucket, a sturdy cardboard box or a sandbox. Dig out a star shape 7-8 in. across and 2-3 in. deep. Make a small, shallow circle in the center to help the finished candle sit flat on a table.

Step 2

Melt wax flakes and dye in a double boiler over medium heat. Slowly pour melted wax into sand while holding wick in the center of the star. Allow wax to harden completely, about 4 hours.

Step 3

Carefully dig around the candle until you can lift it out. Lightly brush off excess sand. Light and enjoy!