Winter has descended with plenty of chill in the air and abundant snow blanketing the ground. As someone who grew up in southern Georgia, I have a hard time getting through these cold, cold months. It makes you want to nestle up inside, and turn to anything that will give you a little extra warmth. I’ve found that candlemaking is an ideal craft to bring some a glow and added comfort this time of the year.
Each year, after celebrating Hanukkah, I enjoy gathering up any leftover candle wax and making candles for next year’s festivities. It’s certainly good to recycle what’s at hand, but it’s even better to spend some post-holiday time fostering the meaning, making and miracle of warming lights. You can take a peek at my own process in the images above.
Whether or not you’re looking to recycle some leftover wax or simply seeking a way to cut the chill indoors, there are many delightfully warming projects in Candlemaking the Natural Way by Rebecca Ittner. What room in your house wouldn’t benefit from a little candlescape?
To help you along the way, we’re offering up an easy and accessible free project from the book:
Tissue Paper Transfers by Cathie Filian. Just click on the project name at the left, and you’ll be good to go. Have fun, but I warn you: if you’re as much of a cold curmudgeon as I am, you might find yourself with a houseful of homemade candles!