Let's make little seedpod candles. - The Magic Onions

Let’s make little seedpod candles.

There is something magical about a candle… it’s little flickering light adding warmth and glow to the night. We often light a candle at dinner time and the kids take turns to blow it out when we have finished our meal. Beeswax candles are favorites… their warm golden color, their sweet honey smell. We have all types of candles, some hand dipped, some that are amazing shapes and colors. It is always a treat to light a candle.

Today we made adorable little candles with seed pods we picked up on a walk recently. We are going to take these sweet candle boats with us to South Africa so that they can light our Christmas table.

handmade beeswax waldorf acorn candle
We made them by melting the wax in a bane-marie on the stove.

I cut candle wick (from a craft store) to the right length for the pods. When the beeswax was melted, I dipped the end of a wick into the melted wax and used it to stick the wick onto the bottom of the seedpod.
Then, I poured the melted wax into the seedpod, let it cool and our Christmas candles were ready to wrap for the journey.

Look how sweet they will look on our Christmas table.

You can find beeswax for sale online (I have a few blocks listed in my Fairyfolk shop)

Isn’t it wonderful what you can make using gifts from Mother Earth?

Blessings and magic,

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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. Cute idea. Looks like little boats. The Bavarian Christmas linky party is now open-won’t you come and join us at http://dobermans-by-the-sea.blogspot.com/2010/11/1st-christmas-linky-party-at-dobermans.html

  2. these are great!

  3. Unbelievable – I picked up a bag of these seedpods just yesterday to use as Christmas mangers. But I’m going to keep a few over and try this wonderful idea. Thank you!

  4. Donni, These are great! What kind of pods are these? It is interesting that you posted this today, because I posted a tutorial today on making a rustic birch bark ornament. It is wonderful the gifts you can make from mother earth. :)

  5. Does anyone know what tree these pods come from? Nobody seems to know the tree but there must be some clever person out there who knows :-)

  6. @themagiconions

    I think these pods might come from a Brachychiton (bottle tree) if that helps.

    Also, i love the creative use for the pods. It’s actually inspired me to try and make my own. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I’m am not the clever person who knows the tree…but, these are beautiful! :)

  8. Oh these are fantastic! My ten year old is reading over my shoulder and I think that a walk in the woods is in order after our crafting morning! I have a very good idea where some perfect seed pods are. How fabulously creative.

  9. I love this idea. We are planning to make some candles in sea shells. We’ll collect a few seed pods also now. Thanks :-)

  10. So very sweet

  11. Lovely! we had a wonderful time candle dipping ourselves.

  12. ohmygosh, these are adorable!

  13. They look like dried milkweed pods. That is what we will use for this craft. Next year I will save many!

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