As fall approaches, it’s time to find fun indoor activities to entertain your little ones. There are tons of fun candle crafts to enjoy with your kids. Candles are easy to find, and they make excellent crafts because they’re both beautiful and functional. Here are five candle craft ideas to get you started when making art with your children.
Decorative Candle Jars
You can decorate candle jars in so many ways! One idea is to wrap the outside with construction paper. It gives your little ones a blank canvas to create anything they want on their candle. They can use markers, puffy paint, glitter, stickers, and more to craft a jar that’s all their own. Another idea is to let them paint the outside with Mod Podge and then cover it with glitter, colored paper, or string.
Using Play-Doh or another air-dry clay, your kids can sculpt their own candle holders. Use the candles you have around the house—whether that’s long-lasting tealight candles or pillar candles—to design these holders and ensure you make the right size. Once the clay dries, kids can paint them however they please.
Pillar, taper, and votive candles offer opportunities for decorating. Young hands may enjoy crafting votive and pillar candles the most. Using finger paints or acrylics and brushes, they can customize how their candle looks.
Save this activity for advanced crafters in your family who are mature enough to handle a carving tool. With a potato peeler or even a butter knife, kids can carve unique designs into the sides of pillar candles and votives. Once they’ve finished carving their designs, use paint, markers, or a food dye to fill in the carvings and make them stand out.
You can decorate candles using markers and pens as well. Kids may enjoy having more control over the design they make using a marker rather than a carving tool or paintbrush. Your child likely uses markers at school, so let them use their favorites to make their candle look stunning.
Entertaining the kids this autumn doesn’t have to be about going to the orchard or a pumpkin patch every weekend. You can have fun in your own backyard or at your kitchen table with these fun candle crafts to enjoy with your kids. Talk to your children about which of these candle decorating ideas they want to try first.