Things have taken a strange turn for most of us in the last month and it’s very likely that you are reading this while being quarantined, or “isolated”, at home due to the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. My family and I have been in the house for two weeks already, and we’re looking at four more weeks, so I thought this would be the perfect time to share a few witchy crafts that are easy and magickal.
Today we’ll be making some quick little candle holders that allow you to use your tapered candles in spells and rituals or to be placed in important positions on your altar to amplify energies that you’re working with, such as one for each element or corner of your home or one for each point of the pentacle. My favorite thing about them is how wonky and imperfect they turned out, because they’re meant for magick and don’t necessarily have to look cute. Side note: They are super cute even though they aren’t trying to be.
As quick as these candle holders are to make, they are still a very powerful addition to any ritual or altar due to the herbs and intentions that are kneaded into them. By taking a moment to work a pinch of herbs or spices into the clay, along with a potent intention such as “Protect this home and all who reside here.“, you can transform a basic household object into one of meaning and magick.
For this project, I made three candle holders in three different colors but you’re welcome to create as many as you’d like in any color of your choice. I wanted these candle holders to assist me specifically with protection and enhancing psychic power so I chose Lavender and Rosemary for the herbs, but you can use any herb or spice that you have on hand.
I use polymer clay for all of my altar decorations and offerings, but you’re free to use any type of clay that can be baked and hardened. I’ve purchased this Polymer Clay Set twice from Amazon because I love the variety of colors and the quality of the clay. It bakes perfectly every time and stays true to its color once it’s hardened.
You will need:
– polymer clay (about 20 grams of each color or 60 grams total)
– rolling pin
– parchment paper (oven-safe)
– cookie sheet
– a pinch or two of chosen herbs
– candles of choice
– metallic paint & paint brush (optional)
Lay your piece of parchment paper out and begin by flattening the first color or segment of clay using a rolling pin or something similar. If your clay is on the tough side, you can throw it in the microwave for ten seconds at a time to soften it up.
While your clay is flat, take a pinch or two of herbs and sprinkle it in the middle. Try not to use too much as these herbs will be dispersed through the clay and you don’t want them to overtake it.
Knead the herbs and clay until they’re mixed well but take care not to work the clay too much as it can get too soft and will be hard to mold later and possibly stick to your candle. As you do this, visualize your intention or say it out loud, keeping it clear in your mind. Imagine that you are literally working the words into the clay in your hands.
You can also use a pushpin or needle to carve your intentions directly into the candle using a phrase, a word, or a sigil to represent your intention.
Using your rolling pin, flatten the clay out again and position the candle stick on one side, about three-fourths to the right. It’s okay if you can see some of your herbs poking through, don’t try to fix them or pull them out.
Wrap the shorter end of the clay loosely over the top of the candle.
Gently roll the clay with the candle over the rest of the way until the clay overlaps.
Remove the candle gently to finish shaping the bottom of it. You can leave the seam visible or use your fingers to blend it in. You can also shape your candle holder however you want by pinching and stretching it. Repeat this process with the other colors or the rest of your clay.
Remove the candles again very carefully as the clay likes to stick to them if it’s on the candle for too long while it’s soft. If that happens, use one hand to hold the clay and the other hand with your fingertips on the candle, as close to the clay holder as you can get them. Gently wiggle the hand holding the candle and pull the clay carefully at the same time with the other hand to free the candle. Try to keep the holder in shape as much as possible, otherwise you’ll have to use you fingers to shape and smooth it again, or start over.
Place your parchment paper with your candle holders (without the candles, obviously) on a baking or cookie sheet and then pop them in the oven at about 300 F for 20 minutes or so. Let them cool completely and then you can paint them!
Once you’ve painted them and they’ve had time to dry, you can place them on your altar wherever you choose, or save them for rituals and magick work only. I’ve improvised my little candle holders as offering dishes to deities and pots to mix a few herbs in for a spell so get creative and really put yours to use.
If you’re interested in more witchy crafts, I will be posting a Part 2 in the next couple of weeks where we will learn how to create altar offerings for specific goddesses (or elements, depending on your choice) like this one that I made for Ertha, the domestic goddess associated with earth, abundance, fate, and peace:
In the meantime, you can visit my shop here to see the rest of my altar offerings, décor, jewelry, and apothecary.
Take care of yourselves. Be kind to each other. Stay mindful and magickal.
Thank you for being here.