Weekend Snapshots: Snow Crafts

February 10, 2014

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Friday's snow day turned into an epic snow weekend, so I decided to take advantage of our rare wintery weather with some fun snow related activities, including my first snowman in 15 or so years. We call him Handsome Devil, and built him near the chicken coop out back to keep the hens company.

On Friday evening, I stumbled across a tutorial for snow candles from Bear Mountain Botanicals, and decided to try it the next day if the snow was still going strong. It was, so I did.

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For the wax, I melted down a bag full of old candles, and mixed in a cup or two of beeswax pellets. Once all of the waxes were melted, and the old wicks fished out, I brought it outside, along with a small jar and some wicks, to an area where the snow was at least 8 inches deep. I used the jar to make impressions in the snow, poured the wax into the impressions slowly, and had Matt hold the wicks until the wax was firm enough that they could stand up on their own. With the below freezing weather and surrounding ice, it didn't take long for the outer layer of the wax to harden.

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Once the wicks were set, I let the candles remain in the snow for another 30-40 minutes before digging them out and bringing them inside to dry. I cut the wicks an inch above the wax, and voila! They were ready to burn.

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In my opinion, this snow craft is pretty neat. I really like the texture the snow leaves on the outer edges, and it's the perfect way to re-purpose the wax from old, used up candles. I'll definitely be making more of these on our next good round of snow.

Also, I think they'd work really well in this snow craft, which I will definitely be trying ASAP.

7 comments:

  1. I love how they're each their own unique shape!

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  2. Me too! Unique like the snowflakes that created them. :)

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  3. Oh man, I grew up in the snow and we never did this. Dying to try it out but I have a feeling mud candles might not work as well...

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  4. @Milla: Haha, you never know! Could be a whole new awesome thing.

    @dharmaanchor: Thanks! They were super fun to make. :)

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  5. Those candles are fantastic! We have plenty of snow here and I've been hoarding wax scraps for ages to melt down into new candles...

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