Make something stylish out of used coffee grounds this weekend with a fun DIY with the kids: homemade coffee-scented candles. They look good enough to display and will fill the house with the type of good-morning aroma you can’t get enough of.
- Paper coffee cups
- Dry coffee grounds
- Candle wax (soy-based, ideally)
- A microwave-friendly measuring cup
- Candle wicks
- Brochette sticks
- Paper towel
1. Start by setting your wicks (which you can find at any craft store, along with the candle wax) into as many paper cups as you want candles. To ensure your wicks stay centred, tie one end to the middle section of a brochette stick and set a stick across the top of each cup.
2. Melt the wax: you can use old candle remnants or any type of wax you like, though soy wax is preferable for how clean it burns and the fact that it’s unscented. To melt it, place it in a microwave-friendly cup with a spout (like a measuring cup) and heat it in a microwave set at medium for approximately 2 minutes, or until liquid. Repeat as needed if you run out of wax during the process. (You can also melt the wax in a double boiler on the stovetop.)
3. Pour approximately 2 cm of wax in the bottom of each cup to create the candle base. Then the fun starts: carefully pour in alternating layers of dry coffee grounds and wax until you get to the top of the cups, ensuring the wicks stay straight throughout.
4. Let the candles cool and set for 3 hours — for the kids, the waiting game will be the hardest part! When they’re completely hardened, use the scissors to cut the wick about 3 cm from the top of the candle, then cut away the paper coffee cups to reveal your works of art. If needed, smooth the edges with paper towel.
Light up, and enjoy the glow!