CHRISTMAS CANDLE - Outdoor Yard Decorations
Candles have cast a light
on man's progress for centuries. However, there is very little known about the origin. Although it is often written that the first were developed by the Ancient Egyptians who used rush lights, or torches, made by soaking the pithy core of reeds in molten tallow, the rush lights had no wick. It is the Romans who are credited with developing the wick, using it to aid travelers at dark, and lighting homes and places of worship at night.
The National Candle Association
is the major trade association representing U.S. manufacturers and their suppliers.
NCA is widely recognized as the leading technical authority on candles and manufacturing, and maintains an extensive Library on research at its Washington, DC headquarters.
Candles come in virtually every shape and size imaginable.
The Taper, Pillar, Votive, Tea Light, Gel, Container, Luninaries, birthday or specialty.
The pattern used for this outdoor Decoration would be the piller type.
Fabric of your choice for the body. Two decorations 1 yard
Fabric for the top and drips –usually white.
Fabric for the flame – orange or yellow
Wire for bottom and top #8 or #10
Your decoration can be thin and tall or fat and short. I made some of mine fat and short and some thin and tall.
The diameter of the top circle and height determine how the decoration will look. The pattern can be changed easily by changing the diameter of the top and the length of the body.
Most of the time you will make them in pairs.
MAKING THE DECORATION
Draw a circle with a 13 ½ inch diameter which makes a 43 inch circumference. Cut one.
Find an object that has those dimensions for that circle or use the string and pencil method for drawing this circle. Take a piece of string tie it to a pencil and measure ½ the diameter (6 ¾ inches of string). Mark the string at 6 3/4 inches. Place a dot on your paper. Placing your finger tightly down on the dot at the end of the string and holding the pencil vertically, draw around to form a circle.
Draw a rectangle 43 inches wide and 22 inches long (height of candle) and add a seam allowance (1/2) to both 43 inch sides and 1 inch seam allowance to both 22 inch sides. Cut one
TO MAKE THE CANDLE DRIPS
Make the length of the drips ¼ of the height of the candle in this example 8” and the width of the drips are the width of the candle in this case 44 inches.
Most of the time I make my candles in pairs so I cut out two drips at a time by using the following method. Drips 6 “ long with one inch seam and one inch margin at top makes 8 inches.
Draw a rectangle the width of the drips (44 inches long) and then double the length 16 inches wide. Draw a line one inch in from each 44 inch side and a line dividing the middle. Cut one. On the fabric mark the middle and one inch lines. Starting at one side of the fabric draw an extremely undulating line curving upward toward the one inch margin and downward toward the other 1 inch margin. Cut on the curvy line. You now have two drips.
Pin one set of the drips along the 44 inch side of the candle body fabric. Securely zig zag the drips on the body of the candle. Turn and cut the body of the fabric 1/8 inch away from the zig zaged edge and zig zag that edge down. This will make your drips illuminate.
With wrong sides together sew the side seams of the body and zig zag the edges together.
MAKING A FLAME FOR THE CANDLE
The flame is positioned in the center of the circle top. My flame is 2 ½ diameter. Draw a triangle 6 inch tall and a 3 inch bottom. Round the tip of the triangle, add ¼ seam allowance. Cut two out of fabric. With wrong side together straight stitch around the length of the flame, then zig zag. Mark the bottom circle of the flame in four equal parts.
In the center of the top circle draw a 2 ½ inch diameter circle and add ¼ inch seam allowance. Cut out. Mark this circle in four equal parts.
With wrong sides together match the equal parts on the flame with the equal parts of the inner circle, straight stitch and then zig zag together.
Divide the outer circle in four equal parts. Divide the body of the candle in four equal parts.
With wrong side together, pin the top of the candle to the body, straight sew the 1 inch seam, zig zag the edges of the seams leaving 3 inches open for the wire.
Turn bottom up ½ inch the turn up 1 inch. Sew in place leaving 3 inches open of wire.
Put wire into one side of the pocket in the top of the decoration. Move it through the pocket until it pops out the other side. Overlap the wire about 2 inches. Tape the entire 2 inch section the duct tape making sure to cover the ends of the wire securely with the tape. I use a white tape color.
Insert a wire in the bottom pocket same as above.
All that is left is the Stand.
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CREATING A SANTA:
To me the predominate images I have of Santa come from the Story "The Night Before Christmas". Santa "laying his finger aside of his nose and then up the chimney he rose" or "Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night" with Santa and his sleight silhouetted against a full white moon. I picked an inside portrait of this story with intentions of expanding to "The children all snuggled all warm in their beds" and "When from out on the lawn ... I flew from my bed.. I thru open the sash..." So I started with Santa and the fireplace then I will move to the other images.
These handmade Christmas-Outdoor-Decorations look as good during the day as they do at night.
CREATING A WINTER THEME:
Lots of snow, snowmen, snow forts, snowball fights, sleds, stocking hats, hot chocolate are memories and scenes of Winter. I made a snowDad, snowMom and 3 SnowChildren and wait for Mother Nature to fill in the rest