Monday, June 20, 2011

Sandy Candle Holders

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a great weekend! Today we have a fun kid craft that we actually made as a gift for Father's Day: Sandy Candle Holders! We saw this candle holder made out of beans and glue (thanks to Craft Gossip), and while we liked the idea, we didn't think beans were the right medium for us. But we did have a big bag of sand, so we wondered if we could mix it with glue and create a fun gift for dad Turns out we could...and you can too!

What You Need:
  • Sand
  • School glue
  • Plastic cup (or other object to use as a mold)
  • Tea light
  • Ribbon or other decorative materials
In a bowl, mix together you sand with glue. We used about a cup of sand for our two candle holders, and slowly added glue until the sand took on the consistancy of the kind of wet sand you'd use to make a sand castle with.

Once you are happy with the way it feels, press your sand into your container. Make sure you press it nice and tight - we found that pressing another cup into the sand helped to make it nice and firm.

Then press your tea light into the wet sand to make the right sized indentation.

Remove your tealight and tip out your wet candle holder. Let it dry at least 24 hours (depending on how big your candle holder is and how much glue you used), checking on it every so often to see if it's ready (ours took a few days to dry).

Once it's dry, you can decorate it. Our boys wanted to use ribbon, which they picked out themselves.

Then just pop in a tea light! This was a fun project, especially since the kids could pretty much do it themselves!
And Dad loved it!
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  1. Ha! Genius, I love it! Amazing what you can do with white glue. They look great, I will have to try this for my beach themed mantel. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Those are so cool - and wouldn't they make a great VBS craft also!

    BTW, Be sure to stop in at Cranberry Morning today and enter my handcrafted soap GIVEAWAY!! :-)

  3. Oh my gosh! This is so cute! I can't wait to make this with my kids! Thanks!!!

  4. Your idea is very useful to make candles in any occasions. It seems very cute, as per great look you can stick different ribbons also.
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  5. this is a great idea! I think I might try it for some summertime candle holders for around the house! :)

  6. AWESOME!! It makes me want to try it with that funky blue crayola ($7!!!) sand! We have a little left over- HOW AWESOME!

  7. I made these 2.5 weeks ago with my niece and nephew for their mother's birthday... and they're still not completely dry! I made sure not to use too much glue, but I used fine decorative sand, so I'm not sure if that's the problem. I bought stuff from the dollar store for the kids to decorate them, and they had fun.

  8. Thank you! I've been wondering if I could do this.