Make a Candle with “Flame” for the Winter Solstice2021-06-23T14:29:25-04:00

Make a ‘Candle’ for Winter Solstice


Read Night and the Candlemaker by Wolfgang Somary. December 21 is the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, so make a candle to light your night.


1. Make a Candle with a empty paper towel or toilet paper roll, white paper, cotton balls, and a toothpick. You will also need scissors and glue.

2. Stick a toothpick through the middle of a cotton ball so some of it is sticking out of the cotton ball. (The toothpick will be your candle’s wick.)

3. Print this page. Cut out the flames (or draw and color your own flames.) Glue them, back-to-back onto the end of the toothpick.

4. Put glue around the inside top edge of the candle. Gently stuff the cotton ball into the top of the “candle” so the flame is outside the tube.

5. Tear another cotton ball into bits. To make them “wax” dripping down the side of your candle, glue them onto your candle.

6. If you want to decorate your candle with holly, cut out the pictures below. Glue them to the base of your candle.

7. Now put your candle someplace special, such as on your window sill or on your family’s dining table.

By Susan Penney, NESI

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