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How to Make Glitter Candles

How to Make Glitter Candles
How to Make Glitter Candles
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If you're looking for a simple craft idea to do with you kids, teach them How to Make Glitter Candles. They can make them to give to teachers, grandparents and friends. You could also use them to decorate your own home. The DIY glitter candles would look lovely on a mantel or decorating side tables. This technique could also be used to make a DIY centerpiece for a wedding or dinner party. It's so simple that children can help prepare for the big day. They'll have so much fun playing with the glitter and making something beautiful.
What is glitter made of and other fun facts about glitter:
While you're making your glitter craft ideas, you probably aren't thinking about how glitter is made. You're probably thinking something like "how much glitter is too much" and "oh no, how am I supposed to clean this up?" Answers: you can never have too much and I'm sorry, but you're stuck with the glitter mess (seriously, it's impossible to clean up completely).
Glitter isn't just randomly crushed up plastic or foil. It's actually cut precisely into specific shapes like hexagons, circles, squares, and any other shape you can possibly imagine. Color is applied to a copolymer sheet and a reflective material like aluminum foil is placed on top of that. Then it's put through a rotary cutter, which results in precision-cut pieces of uniform size.
Glitter sticks to everything because of the static electricity generated between its small particles of metal or plastic and almost every surface known to man. Trying to clean it up will only leave you frustrated and still surrounded or covered in glitter. You can try aggressive vacuuming and loosening glitter with a rubber glove or lint roller, but it is a war you've already lost. There will always be a little bit of sparkle somewhere, no matter how hard you attack it.
Eating glitter is ill-advised, but most glitter available commercially is non-toxic and won't hurt you in small amounts (or more realistically, it won't harm your small child who enthusiastically shoveled purple glitter in their mouth or up their nose). That being said, if you're crafting with glitter and your kids, you should keep an eye on the glitter jar and look out for any tell-tale signs of glitter consumption (glitter mustache, glittery expulsion following a sneeze, etc.) just in case.

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsMixed Media/Miscellaneous

Age GroupPreschool & Kindergarten, Elementary School, Pre-Teens, Teens

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