'Tis the season for Christingles! Have you been to a Christingle Service this year & brought your creation home? After the candle has burnt down, & the sweets have been eaten, what do you do with the rest of it? Here are 6 creative ideas to recycle your Christingle & keep its message of hope alive a little longer.
:: Dry your Christingle to make natural decorations
There's something so Christmassy about these orange decorations & they're really not that hard to make. Start by slicing your orange into rounds & pat dry with a tea towel. Place them onto a greaseproof lined wire tray & dry them in the oven, 80°C/175°F, for 4-5 hours. Turn half way through drying, making sure they don't turn brown. When they're dry to touch, remove them & leave to cool. These make great tree decorations or additions to Christmas wreaths, & they smell lovely.
:: Create a scented seasonal garland.
Use the orange peel from your Christingle to make a pretty scented garland. Cut your orange in half & scoop out the middle ready to eat or juice later. Then using a small metal cookie cutter cut out a few shapes from the orange peel & thread onto some fine ribbon. These make cute indoor or outdoor decoctions & will dry so they can be used again next year.
:: Make your own naturally scented candles.
We made these candles for Candlemas & not only do they look pretty, they smell beautiful too. Find out how we made them here: Orange Peel Candles
:: Create a biodegradable planter to grow kitchen herbs
Turn your orange into a planter & grow herbs on your windowsill. Cut your orange in half, scoop out the segments & fill with compost. Sprinkle over a few seeds & spritz with a little water. Place on your windowsill in a small container & watch the seeds grow in your orange planter.
:: Turn your Christingle into a Birdfeeder
Care for the birds in your backyard with these eco-friendly birdfeeders. Take half an orange & scoop out the fruit. Use a bradawl or skewer to make 4 holes around the orange, then thread 2 lengths of string through to enable it to hang up. Fill with birdseed & hang outdoors for the birds to enjoy.
:: Make a Christingle bookmark
Turn the red ribbon from your Christingle into a bookmark for your Bible to remind yourself of God's never ending love.
Whatever you choose to turn your Christingle into, I hope its message continues to shine brightly in your home. Don't forget to donate to the amazing Children's Society & the incredible work they do with children across the country.
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