Friday, September 26, 2008
apple candle holders.
The boys have been wanting to make apple candle holders ever since we picked up our first batch of apples. So today we finally made a few! They are easy to make and look nice on your fall nature table.
You just need apples, mini cookie/clay cutters, a little hammer, taper candles, and a corer or knife.
The kids gently hammer fall shapes into the apples - we have a set of mini cutters which includes a leaf, apple, pumpkin, and acorn. Hammer in enough to cut into skin, then remove. The point with this is that as the apple sits out a bit it will shrink and turn brown in the pierced area, making the design show up clearly.
The grown-up then cuts a hole in the top the right size for the taper. We put a little clay in the hole to help hold it in place, and then the boys pushed in their candles. They also embellished the holder a bit using a colorful paper leaf on a wire by pushing it into the back of the apple and bending it behind the candles (far enough away to not ignite or get wax drips). The leaves look like they are glowing when the candles are lit!
We love when it starts getting dark a bit earlier - it is a good excuse to light our beeswax candles and sit at the table together. We do puzzles, play board games, and listen to music or books on CD. Makes for a nice family evening. These candle holders will only last a day or two, but they are fun to make!