I can finally write about these, as my friends whom I made them for have received them as part of a hamper, which they were allowed to open early for Christmas.
I got this idea off the TV the other day with Kirstie Allsopp in her Homemade Christmas series, which I love – festive firelighters. They looked easy, so I thought I would give them a go.
I started by drying some orange peel strips in the oven at a low temperature. It only took around 10 minutes – much quicker than I expected!
Then I took 6 tealights out of their metal containers and popped them in their own individual Christmas cupcake cases and put them in the oven at around 150C I think it was, and allow the wax to melt. Again, this didn’t take long and I kept an eye all the time – just in case!
Take the cases out of the oven, and carefully move the wick to the edge and whilst the wax is still molten, add your orange peel, cinnamon sticks, star anise and cloves – or a mix of what you like – and allow the wax to cool.
The idea is my friends can now light the wick, pop the whole thing in their open fire and their home should smell like Christmas as the fire burns.
So, thank you Kirstie for the idea, it works and was a lovely addition to the hamper.