Monday, 19 May 2014

Cabin Candles

My neighbour gave me a bag of OLD candle ends and candles that would not burn or had lost the wick - you know because that is what people do to me. "You could do something with these Jo," they say.

The girls and I set to work making cabin candles in OLD jam jars. They measured the wicks and threaded on a little base to weigh it down, we secured the wick with a felt pen to keep it central.



We melted the candles in an OLD metal bowl on the gas ring. Then sifted out any debris - OLD wick ends, labels, matches etc. with an OLD soup spoon.



Next we poured the wax into an OLD plastic jug, topped up the jars and talked a lot about science type things - hot/cold/melt/solid/liquid/energy/fuel/recycling/light/dark....



They stood in cold water for two hours and there you are, four NEW cabin candles and a science lesson for inquiring minds. What to do next? make four more with purple wax ends of course.





Thanks for stopping by. Jo xxx

11 comments:

  1. That took me back in time, I remember doing that with my girls. A wonderful job Jo with great memories to treasure. Have a great week.

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  2. I love everything about this! I have no doubt that people pass things on to you! What a cool lesson for your girls! And those candles are stunning. I can imagine a cozy night at the cabin with them all lit! So fun! Happy Monday Jo!!! Nicole xo

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  3. What a great idea, Jo. You're very resourceful. People say that to you because they KNOW. :)

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  4. This is great and they look so pretty. I bet your girls loved doing this, definitely one for me to try. :)

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  5. I have fond memories of making candles as a child. There was an annual event at my primary school where ladies from the local social club overviewed children and adults dipping long wicks into big containers of hot wax to slowly build up layers of wax. They would then cut shapes out of the still hot candle, turn it over and stick to the candle to reveal the layers of different colours. The kids and I made rainbow coloured jar candles from wax ends two Christmasses ago and it was so much fun. I must collect some more wax ends for another candle making day soon. Thanks for evoking wonderful childhood memories Jo.

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  6. Great bit of recycling there and perfect for your lovely cabin!! Glad that you enjoyed making these and making something from nothing! xx

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  7. That was brilliant and so satisfying for your girls - I remember doing something similar with my SIL years ago, and adding in a few little decorations as we slowly poured and 'grew' the NEW candles! Thanks for the reminder Jo! Joy x

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  8. A great idea! I love the way nothing is ever wasted in your house. x

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  9. Lovely...you are very resourceful Jo :-)
    x xXxX Tracey

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  10. Your new candles are great Jo ... it's amazing what loveliness can come from candle ends ... Bee xx

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