This year I have made and presented a selection of videos for the December issue of Red Magazine, you can find them online direct here, or follow the below instructions.
These stunning candles give off a gorgeous festive smell when burnt and look great on a mantle piece, you could make them for gifts or keep them all to yourself.
YOU WILL NEED
20cm lengths of dried cinnamon sticks, available from florist suppliers
Church candles – varying sizes
elastic bands (wide enough to fit around the outside of candle)
Dried fruit, ribbons and trims
Using your candle as a guide; cut the lengths of cinnamon sticks as evenly as you can to the correct length with a pair of strong scissors.
Using the two elastic bands, place one at the top and one at the bottom of the candle and place the cinnamon sticks side by side around the edge. Once all of the candle is covered, wind the garden string tightly around the outside & cut away the elastic bands.
Have a tea towel to hand. Place onto an old small plate and place in the microwave at maximum heat for 25 seconds. Remove from microwave by holding with tea towel and give a good squeeze. Place back into mcrowave for a further 25 seconds and repeat.
The wax should have now melted into the cinnamon to hold it into place. If you feel you need to repeat this process, do it one more time for 15 seconds. Leave to cool fully, out of the way of children.
Once cool, remove the string.
Decorate the candle by wrapping the rustic garden string around the middle and attached the dried fruit or trims.
NB: Always have a responsible adult present when working with candles. Never leave a lit candle unattended.