Snow Candles

For many groups, Imbolc is a traditional time to make candles. If there is still snow on the ground, you can make snow candles!
You may have made sand candles in the past. This is the same concept.

You'll need:
Several large containers (buckets, bowls, pans, coffee cans) for snow
A large pot of water
A can for melting wax
Wicks
Wax (You can buy wax at the craft store or use leftover bits of old candles)
Toothpicks

Place the wax in the can and place the can in the pot of water. Slowly heat to a simmer. Don't boil it. As the wax begins to melt, stir it constantly.
Meanwhile, send the kids out with containers to gather snow. Tell them to pack the snow into the containers as tightly as they can.
Poke a hole, or make shape in the snow. Tie one end of the wick to a pencil and suspend it over the hole with the wick dangling down into the hole all the way to the bottom. Pour the wax into the snow and wait for it to cool. Tug on the pencil and pull out your candle. Cut the wick off the pencil.

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