Floating candles are magical at a dinner party, wedding or seasonal event, especially floating in a clear bowl with a few flowers. Making them at home is easy and you can scent them as wished when you make your own.
- Place water in your double boiler and bring it to boil.
- Put the paraffin into the double boiler bowl. Melt the paraffin.
- Add the essential oil and stir into the melted paraffin using a wooden spoon.
- Arrange the moulds on a flat surface. Pour the melted paraffin carefully and slowly into the moulds. It is important to take this part slowly, to prevent the creation of air bubbles.
- Put the candles to one side until they have partially set. Once they feel a little more substantial but are not set, insert the candle wick into each candle.
- Leave the candles to set completely. Remove from moulds once set and they are ready to float in your decorative bowl.
- You can use candle holders as molds if you cannot find suitable moulds. Be creative in what you use - basically the shape needs to be one that can float.
- A candle must be in a V shape to float, in other words, the top must be significantly wider then the base.
- This recipe makes approximately 1 dozen floating candles, depending on the size of your moulds.
Things You'll Need Edit
- 12 oz paraffin
- 60 drops essential oil of choice
- 12 candle moulds; small baking molds can also work
- 12 2.5cm/1 inch floating candle wicks (local craft supplier will have)
- Double boiler
- Wooden spoon