A great activity for a rainy day, and always a hit with the kids, these peppermint oil melt and make candles smell…amazing.
Almost any vessel can be made into a candle. In this recipe, we used some antique silver – a little sugar bowl. We’ve also used interesting looking tea cups, and recycled jars. You should try to find inspiration in the essential oils you are using. Since we are using peppermint oil, it reminded us of peppermint tea, and hence the tea cups, sugar bowls, and creamers came to mind. If you have candle making materials, kudos! And if you don’t, that not a problem. We will show you where you can improvise with what you probably have laying around the house. Finding all the things that go into the recipe without making a trip to the store can be a great scavenger hunt activity for the little ones.
So, the first improv item is the wax. If you don’t have a couple of pounds of paraffin for making candles, you can just melt down the stumps from some old candles. The second great improv is that you don’t need wicks, you can use jute twine. And of course, you can improvise any kind of way to hold that wick steady in the molten wax. And lastly, let your imagination run wild with what vessel you want to make your peppermint oil candle in. You can use sea shells, jars, little clay pots, really anything that is not flammable can be fun to make a candle in. If you want to add colors, you’ll need a set of candle dyes. Food coloring won’t work because it needs to dissolve in water, and there is none in the recipe.
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A great rainy-day activity with the kids, these peppermint oil candles are only limited in their cuteness by the teacup you choose for them...
- Enough candle wax to make two candles in your chosen vessels
- 2 vessels (such as teacups)
- 6 inches of wick cord
- 30 drops of peppermint oil
- Place chunks of wax into mason jar
- Immerse mason jar into boiling water or melt in microwave
- Stir occasionally until all wax is melted
- Remove from heat
- Add the peppermint essential oil
- Pour wax into teacups
- Tie wick around a straw or pencil
- Immerse wick into wax, resting straw on rim of tea cup
- Allow the wax to harden for two hours
- Label them with something cute and share one with a friend
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