It’s almost the start of the winter festivities … Halloween, Bonfire night, that other one that happens towards the end of December, so there’s lots of crafting opportunities coming up.
If you’re looking for something a little special to put in your window to draw the trick and treaters closer (or scare them away) try this candle topper project taken from our book Everything Oz.
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They’re made using wax pellets, candles and cookie cutters. So when you’ve finished making biscuits for your little hobgoblins why not give these a try.
I’m Melting … Witch Candles
YOU WILL NEED
Black candle colouring
Medium lead-free wire wick
An old sauce pan
A tin can or metal jug
Baking tray with sides
Witch cookie cutter
Black table candles
1. Place the wax pellets or beads in an old tin can or metal jug. Place the can in an old saucepan, if necessary resting on a trivet. Fill the saucepan with cold water to just below the rim of the can. Bring the water to the boil, then turn the heat down to a simmer until the wax melts. When the wax is molten add some black candle dye.
2. Line the baking tray with parchment. Pour the black wax into the lined tray, leaving a small amount in the can. Allow the wax to cool till it is pliable and soft to the touch.
3. Using the cookie cutter. press out two witch shapes per candle and peel away from the parchment. Place a length of wick on the inside of one wax shape, about one third should be visible above the witches hat and two thirds on the wax. Lay a wooden toothpick on the bottom third of the witch. Press them into the wax firmly.
4. Using the leftover wax, stick the second wax witch shape on top of the first, matching up the contours and sandwiching the wick and toothpick in between. Allow to cool.
5. Cut the tops of the black table candles and place in a microwave for 10 seconds to soften the wax
6. Make a hole in the top of each table candle by skewering with a toothpick. Position the witch-shaped candles in the tops of the table candles by slotting the toothpick into the hole.
Here are three great sets of cookie cutters…
1. Halloween cookie cutters £2.79 Lakeland Plastics
2. Wilton Halloween cookie cutters £4.00 John Lewis 3. Wilko Embossing Cookie cutters £2.50 Wilko
And here are some places to get the wax supplies…
thorne.co.uk (for wax pellets, wicks and dyes)
candlesontheweb.co.uk (pretty self explanatory!)
ikea (for black pillar candles)
and here’s where you can find out more about Everything Oz