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Whip Up Snowball Candles for the Holidays

December 15, 2016
By Donna Erickson - Prime Time With Kids , OVParent

Bring extra holiday light into your home during the December holidays with candles. Instant mood creators, the flickering light not only brightens a dark winter evening, but it also quiets us down after a busy day and becomes a subtle conversation pacer.

Here's a fun way to create festive wintry candles by whipping up melted paraffin wax and frosting it over and around a round candle or votive, so that it resembles a pretty white snowball Or, add some whipped wax to pillar candles to look as if covered with freshly fallen snow. Make extras for gifts, too.

Snowball Candles

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You'll need:

Ball-shaped candles or 2-inch or

larger votive candles

Coffee can, or other sturdy tin can

such as a clean

28-ounce stewed

tomato can

Paraffin wax (available in

the canning section of

most grocery stores)


Medium heat-resistant

bowl used for crafts

Small metal whisk or

fork used for crafts

Dull craft knife or brush


Here's the fun:

1. Bend one side of the rim of the can to create a spout, then place a brick or two of paraffin wax in the can. An adult should set the can in 2 inches of water in a saucepan to create a water bath. Heat the water until the paraffin melts, keeping an eye on it at all times. Never place the can on the burner or over an open flame, because the wax is flammable.

2. Carefully pour the melted wax in the bowl and let cool, about 20-25 minutes. It will develop a firm crust, but it should not be hard. Gently beat the wax and thick liquid with the whisk or fork until it becomes a fluffy white consistency. It's amazing to watch the transformation!

3. Kids can spread the warm whipped wax around a candle, keeping wick exposed. If your candle isn't round, add more wax as it hardens and mold a ball shape with hands. Let wax harden before use. If you have extra wax, re-melt in tin can and add to pillar candles. To create snow on pillar candles, "frost" the wax onto the sides and top of a candl with the knife or a craft paintbrush, keeping wick exposed. Sprinkle with glitter for extra sparkle.



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