Candlemas and Badgers

candlemas candle

Sometimes two craft ideas collide. One is a sample to take into school for a Candlemas craft activity. The other idea uses felting.

3 candlemas candle

I started off using the classic tissue paper glued onto a jam jar. I used a battery tealight to test the effect of the light through the different layers. As I tipped the jar this way and that, a real candle would never have survived. At one point it was upside down, which I’m pretty sure would have put a real flame out and flooded the liquid into the jar.

candlemas candle craft activity

I wanted a more organic looking flame. If I’d used paper it would have given a clean outline. A little wool fibre made a good alternative. This is where the two craft ideas collided. I used a tiny bit of black wool to make the wick.

inside jam jar

I’m always fascinated to see the other side of whatever I make. Sometimes it gives an interesting effect.

candlemas jam jar craft activity

Next time I’d like to use just the wool fibre. I wonder……

(It’s Candlemas today. I was fascinated to read that the Groundhog Day tradition is supposed to originate in Europe. Instead of a Groundhog, it is meant to be a creature such as a badger or hedgehog that is pulled out to inspect the shadows. If it sees its own shadow, it is meant to return to its hole to continue hibernation. 

Not sure about you, but I cannot imagine putting my hand in a badger’s sett and hauling one out.)

4 thoughts on “Candlemas and Badgers

  • Tuesday 3 February, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    This is so pretty. I love the texture for the flame it adds a lovely realistic element to it

    • Tuesday 3 February, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      It did turn out well. Just wondering if I can get a classroom of 4 and 5 year olds to shape the flame in quite the same way. Might need to do another sample. 🙂

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