Tuesday 2 August 2011

Sand Candles

I have always been fascinated by sand candles, but never really attempted to create one, so I thought I better change that. Well, I don’t know why I waited so long as it was really easy to create, wasn’t very messy and was rather an enjoyable experiment.

I have put together a how to series so that you might also give it a try.

You will need:

Candle colouring
River/Sea sand slightly damp
Container or bucket to hold sand
Tin to melt wax
A skewer or old spoon to stir the wax

  • Fill your container with the sand and remove the clumps. Push your desired form into the sand. I have pushed out three holes in the base so that I can have a cauldron-looking candle.

  • Add any other indentations that you may desire, remember as you fill in the wax it will fill up all holes. I have added some sea shells and glass beads which I pushed into the sand, but not too far inside, because you want it to still adhere to the candle.

  • Push the waxed wick into the base of the sand so that it sits firmly and stands upright.

  • Melt the wax and add your colour and fragrance.

  • Carefully pour your wax in to your sand imprint. I decided to make my candle two-toned so the bottom half is filled with black wax. If you decide to do different tones with this candle, I would advise that you allow the first colour to set a bit before you add the next colour. I carefully laid a skewer close to the wick to keep it standing upright.

  • When the first colour has set, melt the second colour and pour that on top of the first colour. If you are doing a single coloured candle you would miss this step out and have filled your form to the top with your initial colour.

  • Allow to cool completely. Then you can pull your finished candle out of the sand. You could leave the sand clinging to the outside as this also looks quite nice, or using a paint brush, sweep the remaining sand off your finished candle. You may find that your beads or shells might fall off, you can just glue these on with a drop of craft glue, or a drop of melted wax.

I will be linking this post with all of my Link-Up parties 


  1. Thanks so much for this lovely tutorial:)

  2. hi :) thanks for commenting on my blog....and wow! you have lots of great crafty ideas here! LOVE IT! thanks for all the inspiration :)

  3. Hi Jarka,

    Thanks for the nice comment. Have a great weekend.

  4. Hi Linda,
    Thanks for commenting, loved your candles, they turned out wonderfully.


  5. Wow how cool! I've never made a candle before. Thanks for sharing with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party :))

    Have a great week!

  6. SOO cool. I love the little gems in it.

    1. Hi Shiloh,

      Thanks :) and thanks for visiting.

  7. This are too cute thanks so much for sharing such a wonderful tutorial!
    I'd love for you to visit my blog.
    Have a great weekend!

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

    1. Hi Ana,

      Thank you so much.
      I will definitely be visiting your blog.

  8. What an interesting candle!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

    1. Hi Jill,

      It was a pleasure to link up with you. Thanks for visiting.

  9. Great project, and so happy to meet you on Craft Schooling Sunday! Love having new contributors and especially when they live in a country that's not usually represented! Yippee, and hope you'll join us regularly now that the kids are in school!

    1. Hi creativejewishmom,

      Thank you, I will definitely be joining in as much as I can :)
      Thanks for dropping by.

  10. Fun--I've never tried making candles before.

    1. Hi Steph,
      It is so much fun, once you start it is pretty hard to stop :)
      thanks so much for visiting.

  11. I've never made candles before but this looks pretty easy AND fun! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout! Hope to see you back this week!


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