Autumn brings simple things. Outside our windows we watch as nature reminds us to notice. Colors to keep us warm while cooler weather approaches.
The first leaves at our feet. The slowing chirp of crickets as the air cools.
The golden light of a hand poured candle.
– small (decorative) pumpkins – organic beeswax – wooden wicks (most craft stores carry these) – double boiler (a glass bowl over a pan works just as well) –
If you haven’t heard about the amazing benefits to using beeswax… I had a little Science lesson with my lemon beeswax candles. In addition to helping the bees, burning longer, and being free of the toxins in most paraffin candles; beeswax candles actually purify the air while burning. It’s pretty amazing, and I’ll never burn any other type of wax after reading up on this.
Carve to remove the lid of your pumpkins. (The store-bought serrated carvers really do work better than anything)
Break your beeswax into pieces and place in a glass bowl over a pan filled with simmering water.
While your wax is melting, scoop the insides out of your pumpkins. The sides are fairly thick, but I actually went through the thin bottoms of a couple accidentally.
Once your wax is almost melted, cut your wicks and dip the ends to coat the base of your wick with enough wax to adhere to the bottom of your pumpkin. Some wooden wicks come with a base to hold them upright while you pour the wax.
When your beeswax is entirely melted, pour into each pumpkin – holding the wick steady while doing so.
Set aside to cool and harden completely. I’ve lit mine before the 8-12 recommended hours, but they burn longer if they’ve had more time to harden.
Trim your wicks, and light these lovelies.
It’s Autumn. It’s simple things.