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Episode 101 - Clambake
Sand Candles
Sand Candles
Sand Candles are an easy way to lend a little ambience to the beach when hosting a Clambake. These protective screens work equally as well in any outdoor situation, perhaps at a camp site, for an occasion such as Halloween simply while hosting a barbecue in your own backyard.


Supplies
  • Two pieces of paper (We used 8 1/2" by 11") One piece should be of lighter stock. (We used Japanese paper, embossed with flowers. However one could use vellum or regular writing paper). The other piece of paper should be of heavier stock (Again we used Japanese paper, but one could use construction paper)
  • Two 12 inch twigs (From the garden, but may be purchased at local garden centres)
  • Jute Twine: two pieces, each three feet in length, about six feet in all is more than enough)
  • Exacto Knife (With as sharp a blade as possible)
  • Single Hole Punch
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Scissors
Method

  • Lay the paper horizontally in front of you on a flat surface. Use a cutting board or pad to avoid scratching the counter or table on which you may be working. With the Exacto Knife, cut out a beach-theme design on the heavier sheet of paper. Keep it simple; an umbrella, a sailboat, starfish, clam shell works best.
  • Line up this piece of paper with the thinner paper. Using your hole punch, make a series of holes down the left and right sides of the paper, about half an inch in from the edge. Five holes per side should do it.
  • Thread one piece of jute twine through the embroidery needle, tying a small knot at the free end.
  • Line up one of the twigs along one edge of the paper. If your twigs are 12 inches each, about one inch should poke from the top and two to three inches from the bottom.
  • Tie a small knot using the free end of the twine about an inch from the top of the twig.
  • Lace the twine through the holes and around the twig. Any kind of stitch will do, as long as it holds the paper securely to the twig. You may even wish to get fancy with a cross-stitch.
  • Once you've finished stitching through the last hole, tie the twine around the twig using a simple knot.
  • Repeat this procedure with the other twig along the opposite side of the paper which has also been hole punched.
These sand candles are good for keeping the wind from blowing out votive and tea candles. Simply bend the completed candle screen slightly (it's quite flexible, being paper) and stick the ends of the twigs into the ground. Place the candle into a simple glass filled half-way with sand or small stones to keep it from knocking over. The light from the candle will illuminate the image cut out in the paper screen. Voila, atmosphere for the out of doors!