Not everyone gets the expensive altar tools, so I figured it would be nice to share a few ideas I’ve used over the years with the focus on altars, altar tools, and ritual.
- Use sand in containers. Using sand helps keep incense sticks and cones from toppling over in containers. This allows you to use any container, such as a bowl or cup, to keep the incense burning. You can also use with candles to prevent from falling over, plus the sand catches the melting wax. You could also add a small Zen garden if you follow some of the Zen beliefs in your practice.
- Cleaning wax with ice. Melted wax was the bane of my existence until I discovered the use of ice or anything cold helps remove it. Put ice in a plastic bag and lay on top of melted wax, or add an item covered in wax in your freezer. Leftover wax shrinks and pops out of containers very easily. You can also option by using a hair dryer to melt the wax and wipe up with a paper towel or old newspaper.
- Using oil. Whether its an essential oil or just vegetable oil, wiping some of your tools down will help keep wax and dirt from them. Its sort of a coating to protect them. This doesn’t mean, however, you get away with not cleaning them periodically.
Makes tools from salt dough. You can finds plenty of homemade recipes to make containers, figurines, pentacle tiles, candle holders, and so forth out of basic salt dough or baking soda. If you make them, you could then color-coordinate them with paint. I’ve added mica powder to give it a pearl like hue.
Use paper clips as stands. I saw this post and thought “Hey, I could make small stand up graphics for ritual’” which would take the place of having statues (which I can’t afford). Use a bigger clip for large graphics.
Check this out:
The Care and Feeding of Your Wicca Altar- very nice tips and ideas. Includes lots of information on tools, altars, and use of them.
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