I love coming up with creative handmade gifts every year for Christmas. I first saw this idea for cookie-cutter candles on PopSugar.com and knew I wanted to try making some. My mom has TONS of cookie cutters, so I sorted through them, picked out my favorite holiday shapes and got to work.
WHAT YOU NEED:
• Metal cookie cutters
• Crayons (optional)
• Metal-tabbed tea-light wicks
• Small saucepan
• Clean tin soup can
• Aluminum Foil
• Masking Tape
• Craft sticks (for stirring)
To turn a cookie cutter into a mold, you must first run masking tape along the edge of the cutter, snip the corners with scissors, and fold the tape outward so that the cutter sits flat on the foil.
Fill a small saucepan with a few inches of water, then fill the clean tin can with beeswax and place the can into the saucepan creating a double boiler. Over medium heat, bring the water to a simmer and watch the wax as it melts using a craft stick to stir. If you’d like to add a color to your wax simply drop in a piece of crayon in your desired color.
Tip: If you want to make multiple color candles at once, use a different tin can for each color. You can fit 2-3 cans in the saucepan at once, melting all the wax simultaneously.
Place a metal-tabbed tea light wick at the center of each cookie cutter, then begin pouring your wax into each one. You’ll notice in the photo above that some of the wax leaked out of the tree cookie-cutter. This can happy very easily. I recommend pushing down on the cookie cutter while pouring the wax.
Tip: Pour a thin layer of wax into the bottom of each cookie cutter and let cool for a few minutes. Then fill them up the rest of the way. This will help prevent the wax from leaking out of the cookie cutter.
If the wax does escape, simply let it cool and break it apart. Then put it back into your tin can and melt the wax again.
Once the wax has completely cooled (1/2 to 2 hours), remove the masking tape and pop them out of their cookie cutters or you can leave them as is.
Tip: If you have trouble getting your candle to pop out of the cookie cutter, place it in the freezer for about 20 minutes or until they pop out easily.
I just love how my candles turned out and I can’t wait to give them as gifts this year! What are you making this year?