Last week during the "Valley Freeze" as lots of locals call it, we had to grab out candles and fire them up! I for one, love cold weather and love the time that the whole family gets to spend together... I guess other families get irritated after not having electricity after a few hours. We went without electricity (or heat) for ELEVEN hours! That is pretty long, but in that time I got so much done for the wedding, I folded and put away lots of clothes... it was so fun! The girlies got to stay up late, but after a while we all started to get cold, so we bundled them up in their beds.
So back to the candles. Candles are very safe but only when used properly. Did you know that more than 15,000 candle fires are reported annually and nearly 40% start in the bedroom. That's crazy, and most of those fires are because someone wasn't watching or used the candle improperly. Check out the National Candle Association for lots of safety tips and information that you should know. Also CLICK HERE for fire safety rules. There's even a list of RULES!
After the first night with no electricity we had a few candles that were very low and in a tall glass holder. Here's a fun tip to get those candles lighted!
USE SPAGHETTI TO LIGHT CANDLES!
Yup, you read right. It works great and you don't have to go out and buy those long matches. I also upcycled some candles the next day to make new ones! I say never throw away candle (or soap) bits, just melt them down to make a new one. It's a great upcycled gift for a friend or teacher, especially with Valentines next week. So if you have any Floppy Candles laying around jump on this fun and easy How-To!
HOW-TO MAKE RECYCLED CANDLES
Tin cans (clean very well)
Pot of water (1-4 cups depending on how much candles you have)
- First start to head up the pot of water.
- Second, cut up all the candles into 1-2 inch chuncks or smaller to have them melt faster. You can mix colors together, but sometimes it doesn't work out too well, so keep the different colors separated.
- Next put each colored candle pieces into a tin can. This tin can will be used to hold and melt the candles.... Let the wax melt till clear
- While wax is melting lay out lots of newspaper and place your candle holders on top and tape the wick on a pencil and place into your candle holder. Be creative you can place two or three wicks in the candle holders. Don't have a candle holder, use empty egg shells or a wine bottle!
- After the wax is clear pour into the desired candle holder. If you want to be creative let a layer cool and add a different colored wax on top!
- Let it cool and viola! You have a brand new candle to enjoy!
HAPPY GREEN TIP TUESDAY!