Craft Ideas Using Wax

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Whether using beeswax or leftover candle wax, there are many craft ideas that use wax for molding or decorating. Painting or dripping wax on surfaces is very popular as is making candles.


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I like to recycle glass bottles, such as soy sauce, sweet and sour sauce, etc. into decorative glass bottles. Here is one I made using scented candles to drip onto the bottle.

Do not use little tea candles, as the center can come out while still on fire. I have had this happen before. This bottle smells so good, and then I put things like flowers, pretty rocks, potpourri, etc. in them.

In order to make them, you light a candle that smells good, and then hold it over on its side until the flame makes the wax melt. I hold the bottle sideways and let the wax fall down the length of it. Sometimes I do dots and patterns. But is it supposed to look like an old, old, candlestick that has years of candle drippings on it.


I put some leftover lace around the top this time. They do not make suitable candle holders, since the wax would melt (obvious to some, but I tried it once :)

I like to look at them. I have made them all my life, they are kind of a fall tradition around here at our house.


Source: From Girl Scouts, a long, long time ago.

By Robyn Fed from Tri-Cities, TN

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January 24, 2005

I am looking for new wax crafts ideas. I like making a glass full of a beverage, something that looks real.



By Cheryl from Missouri (Guest Post)
January 24, 20050 found this helpful
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Have you tried making "Swiss cheese" candles? You put crushed ice in a coffee can with the melted wax and when it cools it has holes like Swiss cheese.


If you use orange wax, it looks like cheese.

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January 27, 20050 found this helpful
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I saw a neat craft the other day. It was a wax bowl. The lady had blown up a balloon and put the soft wax over the balloon and let it harden. Deflated the balloon, flipped it over and she had a bowl. When the wax was still soft she had set it on the table in order to get a flat bottom. She then took dried flowers and attached them to the bowl with a little bit of melted wax and then covered them with another thin clear layer of melted wax. The bowl would have measured about 6 " high and about 6" in diameter across the top. Neat idea!

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By Rosie (Guest Post)
March 14, 20080 found this helpful
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Go to this website for a neat idea.


If you don't wish to look at the website, then here is my description: NEWSPAPER COASTERS AND PLACEMATS. Wax some newspaper pages and roll them up into long strips. Lay the strips on a flat surface and roll them around and flat like a 'Catherine Wheel Firework' or 'black liqurice swirls'. Fasten the end. Stitch them together with strong twine. Voila!
I would really appreciate some information on how to wax the paper before rolling it, so if anyone has an idea please post it here.

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April 23, 20090 found this helpful
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We used to take a picture and stick it on to a bar of soap, then melt our canning wax and dip the top of the soap into the wax to get a good coverage on the picture. Makes pretty guest soap, or soap to just decorate. Can also be used, and if careful, the picture will stay on nearly the life of the bar. Makes great gifts too.

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March 26, 2004

I have a giant block of wax. I think it is used for candle making. I know very little about that. I believe it is paraffin wax. What are the uses for this around the house other than candle making. I bought it at a garage sale a while back.


Thanks, Jake.


March 27, 20040 found this helpful

Here's a reader's tip from our archive...

Cheap Fire Starters

During this cold period of the year, fire starters for your fireplace can be made by taking a paper egg carton (not the Styrofoam kind), your dryer lint and some paraffin wax. Put lint balls in the egg carton cup, pour melted paraffin wax over them. When wax has hardened, you can then cut each cup apart and use to start your fires. Works great for campfires also. This is a trick we learned from the Boy Scouts.


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March 29, 20040 found this helpful

Parafin wax can be melted and poured on top of jams to prevent mould from growing. Also add small amounts of parafin to melted chocolate to make it smooth and shiny for coating, dipping strawberries etc.


But my best advice Jake, don't buy stuff at garage sales you have no use for!

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By Kimmer (Guest Post)
April 11, 20040 found this helpful

I have used parafin wax for firestarters too. But my FAVORITE use is making "Buckeyes". They are a chocolate covered peanut butter candy that looks like a buckeye (from the tree). These are always a favorite with family and friends.

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April 30, 20040 found this helpful

Here is a link for some craft projects using Soap Scoops. and

This is a link for reusing Soap Scoops for extra measuring cups when baking. Whenever you reuse scoops make sure you clean them well.

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By Tawnda (Guest Post)
May 5, 20040 found this helpful

You can also use paraffin wax and rub it on your chest of drawer or kitchen and bathroom drawer sliders to help it slide better. Works well on wood and metal. Saves wear on your drawers.

Would probably even work on sliding closet doors as well.

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By billie (Guest Post)
February 20, 20050 found this helpful

parrafin melts at a low heat, and is very good for your skin, melt it and dip your hands in it, let it dry, then peel it off. makes skin very soft and smooth

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By Enter your name (Guest Post)
June 22, 20050 found this helpful

wax carvings?

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By chan (Guest Post)
July 17, 20050 found this helpful

how do i put paraffin wax on the bottle labels to prevent the labels from being eaten away by acids?

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By susie (Guest Post)
November 20, 20050 found this helpful

I melt 1 large bag of toll house chips and 1 1 bar of parafin to dip my chocolate, will it hurt you to eat that much parafin?

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November 21, 20050 found this helpful

Usually much less paraffin than that is used in candy making. I'd use 1 Tbsp. (grated) at the most for 1 bag of chocolate chips. It helps the chcolate set and gives it a shine. I don't think eating a lot of paraffin is good for you.

After looking at several recipes, I've seen several that use that much paraffin, some of them just dip the candy in heated parafin to give it a coating.

Here's a link about paraffin as a coating with some warnings:

Susan from ThriftyFun

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By katie (Guest Post)
November 3, 20061 found this helpful

hi im a beauty student and we use paraffin wax for hand and facial treatment. just dip your hands in the melted wax and wrap your hands in plastic bags with towels around them to keep the heat in for 15 minutes and then peel off and you can re use when ever its good for circulation and keeps your hands soft

katie x

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By Ali (Guest Post)
November 20, 20070 found this helpful

When you melt cooking chocolate, you use the paraffin to help it liquify better, and it gets a better texture and color. You can give something in chocolate to someone this christmas! :D

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By Parafin wax is poison (Guest Post)
November 27, 20070 found this helpful

Do not use large amounts of paraffin in your chocolate.

Paraffin can cause intestinal blockage and this is known as Paraffin poisoning.

Intestinal blockage caused by eating too much paraffin can cause infection and death. Treatment may require surgery.

The less poison you put in your body the better.

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By omega prime (Guest Post)
February 27, 20080 found this helpful

If you melt 40g of paraffin wax in a small pan. Then mix in 40g of sugar, and 60g of potassium nitrate into the melted wax. Pour onto foil, wrap, mold to shape, add a fuse, ignite, and poof you have a fun smoke bomb for the forth of July! :)

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By Chez Gari.. (Guest Post)
March 23, 20080 found this helpful

Injesting Paraffin Wax From Wax Paper that Your girlfriend cooked with in the oven, Streudle that was oven baked.

Don't know how toxic but it did taste like eating a scented candle. My solution is colon flush asap.
I hope this teaches me a leason in life that food is really bad all the time. I'll have to remeber always clean water and fresh fruits and vegtables only so help me god...Anyway I you hap a blessed Easter.

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By Lorien (Guest Post)
June 22, 20080 found this helpful

Jake - I totally relate, as I just bought out 5 lb.s of paraffin wax because it was being discontinued at the store and was on mega-sale. It says people use it in canning, and this season I plan on canning more of my veggies from the garden. I intend to explore this further. Everyone's advice is very helpful! Thanks!

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February 7, 2012

Melted wax from the very end of candles can be repurposed in many ways. Find ways to use your leftover candle wax or share your own ideas here.

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June 9, 2013

This is a page about painting with wax crayons. If you are looking for a new art technique that is not too expensive, try painting with wax crayons.

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