If the weather calls for snow in the upcoming weeks, this is a very fun way to celebrate with the children. We tried this a few years ago and it was so fun and timely as we approached Candlemas time.
We used soy based wax but any wax will do…
After melting the wax, we found an area with deep snow and made indentations in the snow with a canning jar.
I also found some amazing wicks at the craft store. I do have wicks from beeswax candles but these were more sturdy and I figured I’d struggle a lot less with them as they stood upright already. We wrapped our wicks around paintbrushes to the correct length of our holes.
After the wax was fully melted on the stove, I went and poured in the wax.
To add a little color, the girls added some watercolor paints. This would be better to do when it’s on the stove maybe.. as it really didn’t add to the coloring of the wax as they expected but it was pretty and worked good enough.
OK, so here is my blogger truth. These candles did NOT work out like I wanted. I figured the depth of the hole would give us nice big candles but some of the wax seeped underneath which ended up giving us very short candles!!!!
Instead of getting discouraged, we clipped our wicks and put our candles in the snow. They looked so beautiful when we lit them, we soon realized that maybe we didn’t make a mistake at all.
Maybe they were just right.
If you have snow (or sand) near you and decide to give this activity a try, please share a link to it here in our comments section.