Candle painting

Candle painting

There aren’t many things more exciting than magic – especially when you’re a kid. So why not let them create some with candle paintings. Watch their faces light up as a secret image is revealed on what looks like plain paper as water paint is smoothed over the top.

What you need:

  • white paper
  • plain white candle
  • watercolour paint
  • paintbrush
  • jar of water

Number of players:


Step 1. Gather your supplies so they are all within reach.

Step 2. Draw a picture, write a letter or just doodle some patterns with the bottom of a white candle.

Step 3. Dip your paintbrush into the water and swirl around in the paint of your choice until it’s relatively thick with the paint. You don’t want it too watery or the image won’t show up. Paint over the paper and the wax will resist the water, leaving the image amongst the paint. Just like magic!

Step 4. Paint alone or with friends, the more the merrier.

This craft was put together by Belinda Graham at the Happy Home blog.


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