How to Make Snow Candles This Winter

Instead of building yet another snowman this winter, try your hand at making snow candles. Easy to make and requiring only a few tools and ingredients, this DIY art project uses freshly fallen snow as a mold for crafting molten-hot wax into candles. The results are wonky, oddly-shaped candles that may or may not have blades of grass or small twigs stuck to their bottoms from when they hardened. OK Whatever breaks this winter craft down into a few easy steps:

  • Melt the wax: You can do this either by using new wax or by melting down old candles in a pot of water. It’ll likely take around an hour to fully melt and if you get scented wax, get ready for lots of smells.
  • Make the holes: Using a butter knife, choose a patch of snow that is no taller than 8 inches. Make a narrow hole down to the ground with the butter knife, about 1 to 2 inches in diameter.
  • Pour the wax: Bring the piping hot wax outdoors and pour it in the holes, stopping an inch or two below the surface.
  • Add the wicks: Before putting in the wicks, tie a paintbrush or a long stick around one end. Then stick it in the hot wax, with the brush or stick on the surface of the snow to prevent the wick from falling in and hardening in the wax.
  • Unearth your candle: Wait anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour for the wax to harden. Test it with your finger before gently unearthing it from the snow with your hands.
  • Tidy it up: If there is grass or dirt stuck to the candle, feel free to pry them off. If the candle won’t stand straight, slice the bottom to an even level with a knife.