School is back in session. In the spirit of all that our wonderful educators have been through over the past year, we came up with a simple gift to show gratitude with this handcrafted candle holder.
Make 3 Ingredient Dough
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 3/4 cup water
- Brass Candle Holder for Birthday Ring
- Cookie cutters in the shape of your choice (optional)
In a small pan, over low heat, combine ingredients. Stir continuously until the mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat when the dough comes together. Do not overcook. Set dough aside to cool under a damp cloth for 10 minutes, then knead together to form a ball. If the dough is still sticky, add more cornstarch.
Create or Cut Out Shapes
Grab a chunk of dough and roll it out to be roughly ¼ inch thick. Children can use their hands to press and shape the candle holder or use a rolling pin and cookie cutters for a more polished finish. Avoid making the dough too thick to avoid excess drying time.
Create a Well to Hold a Candle
Press the base of a candle, or our brass candle holders, into the dough to create a well for your candle to sit. You may also use a small cookie cutter to cut a circle making sure your candle will fit inside.
The dough will shrink a little bit during the drying process, so make the hole ever so slightly larger than the holder, or keep the candle holder in place. Set your project aside for about 24 hours, or until thoroughly dried, depending on your climate.
Finish with Paint
Once your candle holder is fully dry, remove the brass insert and candle. Use the paint of your choice to let your child decorate the candle holder’s base. We used Stockmar watercolors but avoided getting the candle holder too wet, as the dough could start to get mushy. Handle with care during this process to prevent cracking.
Add a candle and let your child give one to their favorite teacher, front office staff, or school directors! They will love this practical handmade gift, perfect to keep on their desk and appreciate in a quiet moment during the school day.
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