This sunflower candle ring is an easy craft project to make, and you can use it on your summer Sabbat altars, or simply as a tabletop decoration around the house. Another great option? Instead of laying it flat on a table, place a loop of wire on the back and hang it on your front door as a welcoming wreath for your guests.
Sunflowers are often associated with truth, loyalty, and honesty. If you want to know the truth about something, sleep with a sunflower under your pillow - and the next day, before the sun goes down, the truth should be revealed to you. The sunflower is considered a flower of loyalty because day after day, it follows the sun, from east to west. In some folk magic traditions, it is believed that slipping a bit of sunflower oil or seeds into someone’s food or drink will cause them to be loyal to you.
You’ll need the following items:
- Grapevine wreath (the one in the photos is a 12” diameter)
- Mini-LED lights with battery pack, available in craft store floral departments
- Hot glue gun
Start by determining where you’d like the sunflowers to go. You can use a whole bunch, or a smaller amount - the candle ring in the photo uses just five sunflowers, one for each point on the pentacle. Don’t glue the sunflowers in place yet - just have a general idea of their positioning.
Wrap the LED light string around the grapevine wreath, tucking it into nooks and crannies, and weaving it among the vine branches. Be sure you leave yourself a small spot to tuck the battery pack into place so that it will not come loose later. Also, it’s a good idea to check to make sure the batteries on your LED lights work BEFORE you start this project.
Once your LED lights are in place, go ahead and hot glue your sunflowers into their assigned positions. Be careful not to get hot glue on the LED lights or the electrical strands - this can damage the system and cause light failure.
Place your wreath on your altar, with candles in the center, and enjoy as a summer centerpiece for ritual.
Other Summer Craft Projects:
- Litha Blessing Besom : Litha is a time of great energy and power, so why not take advantage of that? Assemble a blessing besom, and do a 'clean sweep' throughout your home! Create an Elemental Garden for Litha If you're a Pagan or Wiccan who's into gardening, you may want to consider planting a garden that ties in to the four classical elements of earth, air, fire and water. Here's how you can build your own in just a few simple steps.
- Lavender Dream Pillow: Around Litha, the summer solstice, lavender is typically in full bloom. Take advantage of lavender's relaxing properties, and craft a lavender dream pillow for yourself or your children!
- Make a Stone Circle Sundial : Litha is a celebration of the sun's power and energy, so what better time to make a sundial of your own? Use stones and a stick to create a sundial in your yard, and you can use it to tell the time.
- Handfasting Basket (Thirteen Blessings): What do you give the Pagan or Wiccan couple who already has a toaster oven and three different styles of flatware? Make them a gift from the heart, and celebrate their handfasting with this basket full of thirteen symbolic goodies.
- Litha Fire Incense: Midsummer is a great time for herb gardens, and usually by the time Litha rolls around, there’s buds and blooms everywhere. The summer solstice is a powerful time to not only gather herbs, but also to prepare and use them. Make this fragrant and simple Litha incense for use in ritual and ceremony.