Aug 17, 2007

How to make a wax dipped stuff animal.

Have you seen the yummy smelling wax dipped bears?

They sale them at craft fairs and stores for $15 to $30. This is the time of year to get ready for those craft fairs. This would be a great Craft for a wahm or sahm to make some extra money for the holidays.

They are quite simple to make yourself with a few supplies and a little time.

Stuffed Teddy Bear or other animal
1 lb. wax
1.5 oz fragrance oil
Double boiler or crock pot
Thick Rubber Gloves w/ Lining
Drying Rack
2 Forks
Blow dryer

I used a large pot with water in it with a tight fitting bowl set down inside of it.

Use tongs to lower in your stuffed animal very slowly. Roll it around using the tongs.

Be careful the wax is very hot.

Any type of cooling rack will work.

Fluffing the stuffed animal is the key to a nice looking wax dipped stuffed animal. Do not worry if you see the wax start to dry and flake, we can fix this later.

If you feel that you have messed to the point that the hair dryer will not help just redip the bear and start over.

It is best to allow it to dry overnight.


Jointed bears seem to work best.

Longer haired bears work better than short hairs.

The most common sizes used are from 6" to about 10".

Better quality stuffed animals will hold up better to hot wax... some cheaper glued bears can fall apart. The glue will melt on some of the cheaper ones causing them to fall apart.

Try to use oils that are clear or very light in color on white or pastel bears.

For extra scent pour concentrated fragrance oil into the inside of the bear before dipping.

Do not set waxed bears on wood surfaces as the oils in the wax can stain the wood!

Average 6 - 10" bears sell for anywhere from $15.00 to $30.00 retail!

The bears will naturally lose scent over time. Refresh them by sprinkling with refresher oil or warming them with a blow dryer.

They are not toys and should be kept out of the reach of children.

Try using colored wax on matching colored bears for a dramatic look.

If your wax bear is dusty, clean him with a blow dryer on the cool setting.

Do yu really want one but are not sure you are ready to make it? Check out the super cute ones at Apple Blossom Candles

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Rebecca said...

I have never heard of or seen these before. Sounds like an easy way to make money at a craft fair though!

Alexandria said...

I'm trying this out for a trade show that I am registered for. I'm really excited to try it. I took a look at your blog to see if your directions were different than the ones that were given to me else where. Seems to be roughly the same thing :D

Dallas Wahms said...

I love it! You are so very creative. I think you should sell them on here for us underachievers!



redbarbi said...

I love these and I'm going to try and do some with my grandson. He loves to do crafts with me. I've got two shops on ETSY, please feel free to come on by. or

Anonymous said...

Where can you get long haired shaggy bears cheap? I've been spending many days and hours. Looking online with no luck. Wanted bears shaggy near snout/ mouth as well not just body.