I love candles and how they add a romantic charm to a room. It’s funny the little things that make you feel homely, snug and safe. Bring you comfort. I have always thought about how home should be a haven; somewhere were you retreat from the world. This post has been sitting for a while, I had thought I’d post it way before Christmas, but actually, as the days are still cold and the nights long, I thought it wasn’t too late to have a go this simple and charming wee diy.
I have always loved beeswax candles; the rustic charm of a candle you have rolled yourself, a natural product and one that adds a homely warmth. In the run up to Christmas we made a lot – we gave them as teacher’s gifts, the girls sold them at their school craft fair and we burned them through the long dark evenings of winter. But here we are, on the cusp of spring and we are still enjoying their natural charm. The making of these beeswax candles is an all age activity, one that can gather you around the table, the smell of the beeswax and the oily feeling on your fingers as you roll sheet after sheet. Can you tell I loved it?! It’s not too late…you can make a few to burn through the last few dark nights of winter.
I bought our beeswax sheets from here and the wick from here. We tried a variety of shapes and sizes using this 20cm x 20cm sheet and ended up with a lovely wee collection of candles to burn through the winter. We used a full sheet, half sheets and our littlest even ended up making the tiniest ones she could! It really is as simple a diy as you can get!
// Cut your wick longer than the length of the candle to be rolled. Lay it on the very edge and press it into the sheet firmly. Very carefully turn the edge over the wick.
// As you roll press firmly downwards. Continue until the end of the sheet. Press down the last edge into the candle.
// Trim off the end of the wick that you don’t need and that’s it…you’re done!
Somehow the candle brings a feeling of comfort…as it burns, a feeling of homeliness, contentment and the weight of a long day easing away. I love how we all got involved, that the chatter, giggles and concentration of making are enjoyed long after the table has been cleared and the mess put away.
The nostalgia of moments shared. The start of a winter family tradition? I think it’s set in stone now. And looking ahead, with the change of the seasons will bring new traditions…’change is the norm’ as a friend said to me last night. Sometimes I don’t like it; I want to stay in the comfort of the known and enjoy the moments in the her and now but then spring is coming and her beauty is just hiding under the surface. Little glimmers of it are pushing through. And with her brings new hope, that change can be good and that new traditions can be forged.
What about you…what spring traditions do you have in your house? I’d like some inspiration!
I joined up with a few lovely blogs to think about the things that bring you comfort…have a read through their posts…