It’s Teacher Appreciation Day! – Hiland Dairy

It’s Teacher Appreciation Day!

Show Your Gratitude With a Homemade Candle

I had some amazing teachers growing up, and now my kiddos do, too. Say thanks by giving them one of these homemade crayon wax candles to show your appreciation. These candles are creative, fun and made with … wait for it … ice! You read that right, pour melted wax over crushed ice in empty Hiland Dairy cartons and the results are amazing.

Homemade Crayon Candles

Homemade Crayon Candles

What You’ll Need:

Homemade Crayon Candle Supplies

  • Hiland Dairy cartons, various sizes
  • Crayons
  • Soy wax
  • Pre-waxed wicks, 8-9 inches with metal washers
  • Plastic cups
  • Crushed ice
  • Scissors
  • Knife
  • Small nail or push pin
  • Craft sticks or small wooden dowels


  • Rinse each carton with warm, soapy water. Allow to dry completely.
  • Using scissors, cut off the tops of each carton to the desired height.

Homemade Crayon Candle Step 1

  • Turn each carton upside down and poke a hole in the bottom of each carton using a small nail or push pin. Feed a wick through the bottom of each carton and pull through until the metal washer is flush with the bottom.
  • Wrap each wick around a craft stick or small wooden dowel until the stick or dowel is resting across the top of each carton.

Homemade Crayon Candle Step 2

  • Unwrap six crayons of the same color and break them into small pieces. Tip: I used a knife to quickly cut the crayons up into small pieces. Repeat with each color you want to use.

Homemade Crayon Candle Step 3

  • Place the broken crayons into separate plastic cups. Add one cup of soy wax to each cup.

Homemade Crayon Candle Step 4

  • Microwave wax for two minutes. Stir the contents of each cup with a separate craft stick or wooden dowel. Repeat until the contents of each plastic cup are completely melted.

Homemade Crayon Candle Step 5

  • Add crushed ice to each milk carton, about 2/3 full.

Homemade Crayon Candle Step 6

  • Pour the first color of wax over the ice, reserving about two tablespoons. Add the second color until the ice is covered. Pour the remainder of the first color on top.

Homemade Crayon Candle Step 7

  • Allow the candles to set for two hours, then drain as much water from the candles as you can.
  • Turn each carton upside down and cut the metal washer off of each wick. Carefully peel the carton off of each candle.

Homemade Crayon Candle Step 8

  • Let the candles dry overnight, allowing the wicks to fully dry before burning.

Diva’s Tip

Place a candle on a candle plate, wrap with cellophane, tie with a bow and voilà! You have the perfect teacher’s gift.

The Dairy Diva

~The Dairy Diva

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