A perfect way to celebrate the sun’s slumber on solstice eve is with the lighting of candles. In our family, we enjoy many little rituals that herald the flow of fall into winter and spending the evening by candlelight is one of them. Here are two luminaries, made from recycled cans, with fall and winter motifs to celebrate the shift from one season to the other.
There are several ways to incorporate them into your Solstice celebration. They make a great addition to your nature table, or you can make several and line them along the entrance to your home. We like to begin our celebration by lighting the fall luminary. Then, when our festivities are coming to a close, we use its light to set the winter luminary aflame as a symbol of the autumn season giving way to winter. However you use them, the fun you have in making them will make their simple beauty all the more special.
28 oz. can, washed, with top removed
Small can with smooth sides (water chestnut cans work great!), washed, with top removed
Black spray paint
Leaf to use as a template
Using a can opener that opens from the side (to ensure that you have smooth edges), remove the lids of the cans. After removing their contents and washing them, spray paint the larger can black and allow to dry completely.
Fill the empty cans with water and put in the freezer for several hours. The ice will help the cans keep their shape while you work.
For the winter snowflake design…first cut out a few snowflakes from paper or draw some snowflake shapes for inspiration. Then, using the hammer and nail, gently pound in holes to create a snowflake outline on one side of the can. You can tape the snowflake that you drew to the can to use as a pattern, or you can freestyle it. Accent with small clusters of diamond-shaped little snowflakes.
For the fall leaf design…take a nice long walk outside and pick up a leaf that catches your eye. Holding it up against one side of the can and using the hammer and nail, make large holes to create the leaf outline. Then fill in with randomly placed small holes. Perfection isn’t important here. Make as many holes as you like to create that beautiful crackly leaf look.
Put a tea light candle in the winter snowflake luminary and a votive in the fall leaf luminary, light, celebrate and enjoy!
Courtney Cable is a Midwestern mama who blogs about keeping a simple, mindful, beautiful, and sustainable home at A Life Sustained.