This week, I'm going to share something a little different. Instead of a recipe for a simple meal (well, they're usually desserts, but sometimes savoury as well), I'm going to share a DIY. As we are now in mid to late June, it should definitely be time to get barbecues or picnics underway. I've found a few recipes for dishes you can make for a barbecue which I will share in the next couple of weeks, but maybe you'd also like something to decorate your outdoor (or indoor) dining table while you're enjoying a barbecue with friends in the evening. Here are some instructions for a DIY water candle that I found in the Tesco Food Family Living magazine for June 2015. This candle is vegan-friendly, and uses common household cooking products, and also encourages recycling.
What You Needa glass jar
a pair of scissors
a plastic water bottle
a wick from a tapered candle
1 tablespoon of cooking oil
- Choose a glass jar as your candle holder.
- Then, with scissors, cut out the base of a plastic water bottle, making it slightly smaller than the circumference of the glass jar mouth, so it will fit snugly inside the top of the jar. Pierce a small hole in the centre of the disc.
- Remove a wick from a tapered candle and tie a knot in one end, about 2.5cm (1 inch) from the top. Thread it through the hole in the plastic disc.
- Fill the jar with water up to 2.5cm (1 inch) from the top. Put the disc and wick on the water.
- Carefully pour 1 tablespoon of cooking oil on top of the disc, then light your water candle.