First one, then two, then three, then four... Advent is at the door, and we’re now well into the holiday decoration frenzy.
This year, there is one thing that can't be missing: real
- 27 long white candles
- 4 empty, clean and dry
Coca-Cola20-oz. PET bottles (with the labels carefully taken off; you'll need them later)
- 1 wax crayon per candle, in the desired color (alternative: wax coloring bar). We’ve opted for red, green, silver and black
- An old pot
- 4 toothpicks
- 4 metal nuts
Step 1: Cut up the candles
Break six long candles or cut them lengthwise with an old knife and take out the wick.
Take two wicks, tie them at the ends, and cut off the protruding wick. Then tie a metal nut to one end of the wick and a toothpick to the other.
The wick should be long enough for the nut to reach the bottom of the bottle, when the toothpick lies across the lid of the bottle. If it doesn’t quite work: Simply untie it again and adjust the length accordingly!
Step 4: Melt the wax and fill the bottle
Melt the wax along with a wax crayon of the desired color in a container of water, then carefully pour it into the empty bottle. Leave a few centimetres at the upper rim of the bottle. Caution! The wax shouldn’t be too hot, which can cause the plastic bottle to contract. If in doubt, allow the wax to cool down a bit.
Now for the slightly tricky part – take the candle out of the bottle. The easiest way to do this is with small, sharp scissors. First, remove the toothpicks from the candles. Then, on the flat surface, where the label would otherwise be, pierce a small hole in the bottle and cut it open all the way around. Don’t worry if it leaves a little mark – we will be able to hide this later with the label. Then carefully remove the plastic from the bottle. This can be achieved more easily by cutting the plastic bottle piece by piece.
Now undo the knots where the toothpicks were and shorten the wick to a suitable length. Next, fasten the label. It won't stay on by itself? Just use double-sided photo stickers! If your labels are from a larger bottle, you can trim them down to the appropriate size.
Once the plastic covers have been removed from all the candles, the wicks have been shortened, and the labels fastened, simply decorate with some fir sprigs – and you’re done! As soon as the flame of the candle gets close to the labels, you should remove them.
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