We’re in October already, and it’s officially Autumn, the season for candle light. There is nothing uplifting about waking to darkness or noticing the light has faded before teatime, but the soft glow of candlelight around the home helps to ease us into the physical and emotional changes we experience at this time of year. Autumn is a season for rest and taking stock, for harvesting and preserving and for rearranging our spaces to maximise on comfort and cosiness. Candlelight has always been a part of that for me.
Last year I made a stock of beeswax candles for the first time and loved not only the finished product, but also the process of making them with my own hands. Rolling soft sheets of wax between my fingers like a dough is satisfying, and the price of these is a fraction of what you’d pay for the ready made variety. They are also easy enough for even preschoolers to help make.
I cut my sheets in half to get the right thickness of candle for our candlesticks (we buy our sheets here). Then tightly fix the wick into the edge of the sheet rolling over a fine layer of wax to secure it (this is the wick we use). Once secured I extend the fingers of both my hands over the sheet and roll slowly until I have a candle! I like to push the bottom end of the candle in a bit to secure the wick before cutting it both ends to the right length. It takes about 20 seconds to make one candle which will give a good few hours of sparkle to your home. The simplest of activities for when you have a quiet moment to yourself, or if you’re looking for something seasonal to do with the children.