Science, Tech, Math › Science How to Use a Crayon as a Candle Share Flipboard Email Print Anne Helmenstine Science Chemistry Activities for Kids Basics Chemical Laws Molecules Periodic Table Projects & Experiments Scientific Method Biochemistry Physical Chemistry Medical Chemistry Chemistry In Everyday Life Famous Chemists Abbreviations & Acronyms Biology Physics Geology Astronomy Weather & Climate By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Chemistry Expert Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of Tennessee at Knoxville B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Hastings College Dr. Helmenstine holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and is a science writer, educator, and consultant. She has taught science courses at the high school, college, and graduate levels. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Updated October 28, 2019 If you don't have a candle, but need some light, make a candle from a crayon. It's easy to do, plus each crayon burns about half an hour. Materials crayonslighter How to Make the Crayon Candle Use the lighter to ignite an end of the paper around the crayon. It's easier if you melt the pointy part of the crayon off first, plus you can stand the crayon in the melted wax, making a homemade candle holder.Enjoy. It's that simple. Just be sure to keep the crayon away from flammable materials. Let it burn on a fire-safe surface, just in case it falls over. Safety Information Crayons are not intended for use as candles and they do not burn as cleanly as a 'real' candle. You can smell the burning paper and the melting wax. Also, this project is suitable for adults or should be performed under adult supervision.