Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Herbal candle


Make yourself a merry little Christmas. 24 days of gifts and makes to create a frugal home made Christmas.

DAY EIGHT:


Herbal candle wreath




This is a simple Herbal wreath made from kitchen garden herbs.

You will need:
Rosemary
Bay
Thyme
Basil
Parsley

Any other herb of choice as long as it is fresh. You could make a flowery one using nasturtiums and calendulas as well.

Garden twine

Dried Orange

Dried Lavender wand (Optional)

A terracotta pot. I gilded mine using gold leaf gilding kit brought from any art section. A candle of choice. Again optional. You will also need a base to set the pot and wreath on.

Make a wreath from Rosemary. Lay the Rosemary against each other and at the bottom of the stem wrap twine tightly to hold the stems. Add the next Rosemary against the last, bring the twine down around the Rosemary loosely and then wrap tight, at the stem, to hold the Rosemary in place. Continue this way until you have a wreath. Tie off the twine tightly. 

Now begin to add the other herbs, gather them up and using the garden twine wrap them around the wreath tightly. Continue as you did the Rosemary wreath, wrap the herb bouquet tightly and then loosely bring the twine down to the next section add a bouquet of herbs, wrap tightly around the stems. Continue this way until you have the entire wreath covered in herbs.

Sit the terracotta pot on a dish, then add the candle. If you don't want to add a candle you can fill the pot up with other useful kitchen cooking items, such as dried herbs or seed packets. If you don't want a real flame candle you can also add one of those solar flickering ones as well.

You can decorate the wreath with dried orange slices, some tinsel, a small lavender wand.

As always be careful when burning candles. Never leave unattended. Never leave around pets or small children. Don't let any greenery near the naked flame. Be safe.




I hope everyone is having a good day or evening where ever you are.



2 comments:

  1. Good morning Shiralee, another lovely project; I am enjoying this series so much. My hope is that I am better organised in 2016 and can borrow some of your ideas for next Christmas.

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    1. Barb,
      I hope you are enjoying the cool weather we are having. 2016...where did the year go?
      -Shiralee.

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