Thursday, 27 November 2014

Advent Candles


I love Advent - both the calenders & the candles - all my memories of Christmas start with the advent candles and the magic of watching the numbers burn away to the count down to Christmas.

When I was a little girl I can remember reading a Christmas book all about winter celebrations in Sweden and becoming enchanted by the story of St Lucia - seeing pictures of the little girls dressed in white dresses, carrying candles and wearing St Lucia crowns. The light from all the candles reflected in the snow was magical. I wanted to be like them.......


Since then we have always had Advent candles, but, as I've got older and busier I often forget that the candle is burning and end up not just burning away one number but often the whole week - one memorable occasion I burnt the candle right down in one night - so I have now come up with a fail safe way of having an Advent candle burn each night without the risk of burning away too many days...

I make my own with tea lights.......


To Make your own you will need 25 tea lights, a sheet of heavy watercolour paper, either number stamps & ink or you can use just a pen, a ruler and some herb leaves......


First off print or write your numbers on to the watercolour paper. Write 2 or 3 of each number just in case you rip or damage one...... I fold the paper first so I have a guide for printing and cutting later.


Once you've got your numbers, lay a ruler along the paper and tear off into strips - you can cut them if you wish but I like the rough edges you get.....


you then need to use the ruler again and tear each number off the strips..... this takes ages and you do need to concentrate on each one otherwise they rip and damage.....


I also printed some as words - like this - for four large Advent Candles - one to light each weekend before Christmas Week - I'm going to work out an arrangement with them for the dinning table....

Anyway, back to the tea light making......


Once you've got all your numbers, place one on each of the tea lights - up to the number 24


Sprinkle a few herb leaves onto the candles - I used fresh Thyme I'm hoping it will release a little scent!....


Now grab the two spare tea lights, remove from their metal case and then remove the wick and metal disk underneath so you are just left with the wax. Place the wax into a heat proof dish and microwave for 1-2 minutes to melt.....


Here's some melted candle wax!!!!!


Pour a little wax onto each number & across the herb leaves - use a cocktail stick to push the number down into the wax, if it curls, and to guide the herbs into the required position.....



Leave them to dry completely...


and then arrange on a decorative plate or in a glass dish or jar ready to light from the 1st December.....


Have a lovely Thursday and a great weekend

Liz x