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.
- 1-lb. bag of soy wax flakes
- All-purpose or play sand
- Waxed 3 ½-in. wire wick with clip
- Candle wax dye
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.
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.
Carefully dig around the candle until you can lift it out. Lightly brush off excess sand.