Please tell me that you have a PhD in horticulture.
Or a Master’s in vegetable recognition.
Or even just that you frequent the produce section of Wal-Mart on a regular basis.
You see….I made this really cute project. It’s easy and simple and fun and I totally think it would rock your Thanksgiving table.
It’s a candle that I made using….well….ummmm…..well……I’m not sure exactly.
I wish I knew what it was.
But I don’t.
So you can understand the need for a PhD right about now.
I can state with absolute certainty that it is a random harvest vegetable.
A really cute random harvest vegetable….that was on clearance at Wal-Mart for only .02. And when I saw that .02 sale….I started frantically grabbing them and tossing them into the cart as if any moment hoards of random vegetable candle makers were about to descend on the Wal-Mart produce section.
I’m not sure why I was in such a hurry, really.
There wasn’t even anyone around.
Just me and the occasional banana consumer.
But with .02 vegetables…..you can never be too careful
Candle Project Using
a Random Harvest Vegetable as a Mold
(inspired by this project)
Vegetable (to be determined)
Pieces of old candles
Step 1: Melt wax
This step is so easy.
If there were an academy award for easy craft….this would win….right behind sharpie drawing and hot gluing.
I just collected candles and pieces of old candles and wax and melted them in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler….you can create your own using this method.
Step 2: Cut off top of vegetable.
While wax is melting, cut off top of vegetable (enough to be able to get your hand inside).
Scoop out seeds and loose strings.
Wonder if the seeds are edible.
Wonder if the vegetable is related to a pumpkin.
Wonder if you should have taken Home Economics 5th period instead of Library Aide.
Step 3: Continue scooping out pulp
This requires a little patience.
The goal is to scrape pulp away from sides of vegetable and to leave skin intact to be used as a mold.
Be careful not to scrape too hard or you will tear the skin.
And whatever you do….if you tear the skin and you think you are going to cut corners by taping the hole with duct tape….if you even think this at all….at anytime…..
Step 4: Smooth down sides
When you have scraped down sides, your vegetable should look a little something like this.
Smooth down sides with back of spoon and set in canning jar to hold it steady to pour the wax.
Step 5: Pour wax
Make sure wax is completely melted to 180 degrees (you can check it using a candy thermometer).
Pour wax into vegetable shell.
After about two minutes insert wick into center of candle (wax should have cooled slightly to support weight of wick).
Let candle cool.
Trim wick to about 2 inches.
Step 6: Peel skin away from candle
Let candle cool for 4-6 hours.
Peel skin away from sides of candle (it comes off easily).
Trim any excess wax on top.
Random harvest vegetable candles.
It’s where it’s at.
Such an easy and inexpensive way to decorate your Thanksgiving table.
All you need is a little imagination, left-over candle wax and clearance produce.
And a true professional to figure out this vegetable dilemma……
…..and help to get to the “root” of the problem.
PS I’m so sorry….I just can’t resist sometimes
PS If the whole scooping and scraping thing seems too intense….I just hollowed out a bumpy random vegetable and made this simple candle with the leftover wax.
Sharing this over at Between Naps On a Porch.