Candle Crafts for Preschoolers

5 Candle Crafts for Preschoolers

Candle crafts are a delightful and engaging way to introduce preschoolers to creative activities.

These crafts not only cultivate a child’s fine motor skills and artistic expressions but they are also a fantastic way to celebrate different occasions or brighten up your home with a personal touch.

When it comes to preschoolers, safety comes first, so these candle craft ideas use LED tea lights which are safer alternatives to conventional candles.

Working with preschoolers requires patience, guidance, and most importantly, fun activities that keep them involved and excited.

A DIY approach with budget-friendly materials ensures that these craft projects are accessible and stress-free.

Let’s get ready to explore the illuminating world of candle crafts that are perfect for little hands.

DIY Wax Paper Lanterns

Overview of the Project

Wax paper lanterns are simple to make and they exude a lovely, soft glow that fascinates children.

Preschoolers will revel in the opportunity to craft these beautiful lanterns that can be used as a decorative nightlight in their room or during a family dinner.

Materials Needed

· Wax paper

· Crayons shavings

· Iron (to be used by an adult)

· LED tea lights

· Construction paper

· Scissors

· Glue or tape

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Fold a piece of wax paper in half and let your preschooler sprinkle crayon shavings on one half of the paper.

2. Fold the wax paper over the shavings and iron on a low setting to melt the crayons, supervision and operation by an adult is crucial here.

3. Once the paper has cooled down, wrap it into a cylinder and seal the edge with glue or tape.

4. Cut out stars, hearts, or any preferred shapes from construction paper and attach them to the lantern for decoration.

5. Place an LED tea light inside and watch the warm colors flicker through the wax paper.

Tips for Making the Most of Your DIY Wax Paper Lanterns

· Use different colored crayon shavings to create a multicolored light effect.

· Ensure the lantern is stable, if necessary weigh down the bottom with a paper ring or use a bit of playdough.

Variations and Customization Options

· Experiment with leaf or flower imprints for a nature-themed lantern.

· Instead of standard shapes, preschoolers can add paper cutouts of their favorite cartoons or animals.

DIY Stained Glass Votive Holders

Overview of the Project

Stained glass votive holders are an artistic project that can brighten up any room.

They are simple enough for preschoolers to help make, offering them a chance to learn about colors and light.

Materials Needed

· Clear glass jars

· Tissue paper in various colors

· Mod Podge or white school glue diluted with water

· Paintbrush

· LED tea lights

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Tear or cut the tissue paper into small sections.

2. Have your preschooler paint a thin layer of Mod Podge onto a section of the glass jar.

3. Stick tissue paper pieces onto the glue and continue to layer until the jar is covered.

4. Seal with another layer of Mod Podge.

5. Once dry, place an LED tea light inside and watch the colors dance.

Tips for Making the Most of Your DIY Stained Glass Votive Holders

· Layer different colors of tissue paper to explore color mixing.

· For easier handling, preschoolers can apply the tissue paper pieces to a clear plastic cup instead of a glass jar.

Variations and Customization Options

· Create thematic designs like rainbows for spring or pumpkins for Halloween.

· Add glitter to the Mod Podge for a sparkling effect when the LED light is on.

DIY Paper Cup Candle Holders

Overview of the Project

This craft is perfect for seasonal decorations or as a component of a small gift.

Paper cup candle holders are adorable and customizable, and they can be designed to suit any occasion.

Materials Needed

· Paper cups

· Colored or patterned paper

· Glue

· Scissors

· Stickers or other embellishments

· LED tea lights

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Measure and cut the colored or patterned paper to wrap around the paper cup.

2. Decorate the paper with stickers and other embellishments based on a theme or simply let your child’s imagination take the lead.

3. Glue the paper around the cup.

4. Once complete, place an LED tea light inside the cup to create a cozy ambiance.

Tips for Making the Most of Your DIY Paper Cup Candle Holders

· Use paper with interesting textures like tissue paper or doilies to create different lighting effects.

· For a group activity, each child can make one and display them together for a collective art piece.

Variations and Customization Options

· Draw or paint directly on the cup for a more freehand art activity.

· Seasonal themes like snowflakes or leaves make these holders versatile for any holiday.

DIY Seashell Tea Lights

Overview of the Project

Seashell tea lights are a wonderful way to remember a trip to the beach or start a collection.

They bring a piece of the oceanside indoors and preserve those beach day memories.

Materials Needed

· Large seashells

· LED tea lights

· Sand (optional)

· Glue (if needed)

· Tiny pebbles or sea glass (for decoration)

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Ensure the seashell is clean and dry.

2. If your shell isn’t flat enough to safely hold a tea light, fill it with sand to create a level base.

3. Press the LED tea light into the sand so it’s snug.

4. Decorate around the tea light with pebbles or sea glass if desired.

Tips for Making the Most of Your DIY Seashell Tea Lights

· Have a selection of shells so that preschoolers can choose their favorite.

· The natural curves of the shells will provide a unique flickering effect with the LED light.

Variations and Customization Options

· Paint the seashells with non-toxic paints for more colorful holders.

· For a themed party or event, these can double as fun table toppers that guests can take home.

DIY Balloon-Dipped Candle Holders

Overview of the Project

This creative project transforms simple materials into a stylish holder for an LED candle.

It’s a unique and sensory experience for preschoolers as they dip balloons into heated wax.

Materials Needed

· Small balloons

· LED tea lights

· Wax (to be melted by an adult)

· Parchment paper

· Food coloring (optional for colored wax)

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Inflate the balloons to slightly larger than the tea light circumference.

2. Melt the wax in a double boiler and add food coloring if desired.

3. An adult should dip the bottom of the balloon into the warm wax and then place it on parchment paper to cool.

4. Once the wax base is solid, pop and carefully remove the balloon.

5. Place an LED tea light into the new wax base holder.

Tips for Making the Most of Your DIY Balloon-Dipped Candle Holders

· Let the wax cool slightly before dipping to avoid the balloon bursting.

· Apply several layers of wax, letting each layer cool before the next dip to increase sturdiness.

Variations and Customization Options

· Mix different colors of wax for a marbled effect.

· Attach ribbon or lace around the edge of the wax base once it’s cooled for an elegant touch.


Engaging in crafts allows preschoolers to explore their imaginations and develop fine motor skills, while also spending meaningful time creating personalized decorations.

Each of these candle crafts offers a safe and creative way for young children to take part in making something special, bringing a little light and warmth into any setting.

Remember to enjoy the process as much as the result.

The joy of crafting with preschoolers is watching their faces light up with pride as they create something beautiful.

So, gather your materials, embrace the spirit of creativity, and fill the room with the happy chatter and laughter of little ones crafting their hearts out.