Candles are essential at Christmas. They bring a sense of warmth, so dot these pretty tealight candleholders around a table or along a windowsill. Decorate the jars with simple decor, and tie on ribbons that echo the colors in the room.
Recycle old candles by heating the waste candles in a pan over a gentle heat. Lift out the dead wicks and cut a new wick just longer than your mold (try using an old teacup or glass). Soak in the wax. Pour the wax into the lightly oiled mold, ensuring the wick is at the center. Leave to set.
Clean the jars thoroughly and dry them. Put the lids aside. Cut a length of wire just larger than the diameter of the neck of a jar.
Cut a second length of wire about 12 inches long. Make a secure loop at either end. Thread the first length of wire through each loop.
Wrap the short length of wire around the neck of the jar and secure it tightly. Adjust the loops so that the wire handle works correctly.
Glue leaves or seed heads onto the sides of the jar. Tie a ribbon around the neck and slip a tealight into the jar. Then decorate other jars.
Excerpted from A Greener Christmas
© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008