The kids and I love using cookie cutters for Ramadan crafts. Today we tried our hand at using them to make candles in the shape of a mosque.
Recently I was paid a visit by With a Spin, who left me with her beautiful Islamic cookie cutters. They are in the shape of the crescent moon, star, mosque and minaret.
We used the moon and star in our Quilled Moon and Star Tutorial, back in February, and today we brought out the mosque and minaret to make wax candles. They were so simple and easy that before the day was done, we had even more cookie cutters sheets covered in fun designs.
My oldest daughter, the teenager, helped with today’s project and she thought it was easy but you do need an adult to help with the pouring of the hot wax.
To melt the wax, we needed a double boiler. We simply put a Pryex measuring cup inside a pot of boiling water. We placed the wax and the crayon (only half) in the cup and waited for it to melt down completely and then cool to around between 100 – 120 degrees.
We laid parchment paper on a cookie sheet and place our cookie cutters on top. We added a wick to the center of each cutter. For the star and moon, we placed a wick with a clip stand but they were too short for our other two cutters, so we used longer wire wick for those two.
My daughter pressed down on the cookie cutter while I poured the hot wax inside.
She just needed to press down for a few minutes for the wax to set. Once the first layer hardens, gently pour more wax until the cookie cutter is full.
Once our wax hardened, it created a concave in the middle, so we added a pink crayon to the left over wax for a second color and poured it into the recessed areas. It made this really neat double layer.
When everything cools, we gently pushed the candle out of the cutter. The moon in our mosque didn’t make it all the way, so I might suggest waiting overnight for everything to really cool. But honestly, we were just too excited to see how our new candles looked.
Here is a side view of the candle to show the first poured layer.
You can really have some fun with layering different colors.
Just be careful with these candles when you burn them and make sure they are in a bowl to catch the wax. And never, ever, ever, under any circumstances, leave a candle unattended. Especially around children. (Yes, I know from experience, I still have a 4 inch scar on my right arm from a Ramadan candle burn when I was 6, so please be careful.)
These turned out so nice and would make great homemade Eid gifts. Soak and wash the cookie cutters very well if you do plan on using them for cookies. But I have a feeling we’ll be making more crafts with ours, so stay tuned!
And to have more fun with mosque crafts, visit our 99 Creative Mosque Projects.
If you do decide to make your own candles, show us on Instagram for a chance at a repost by using #CraftyRamadan.