DIY floating candles for your unforgettable evening

Lightweight candles that can float on top of water are called floating candles. They are wonderful additions to a dining table for special occasions and add a magical enchantment to whatever setting they are used in. Fortunately, these candles aren't difficult to make at home. You can make them as big or as small as you'd like and scent them however you want. If you're getting ready for a dinner party, wedding, or seasonal event, floating candles are a great thing to keep in mind.  Made with sweet-smelling beeswax, these DIY floating candles will be the buzz of any party.


DIY floating candles in jars


DIY floating candles are also the perfect way to reflect the tender flame you hold for your beloved and to create a warm atmosphere for your romantic rendezvous.

Almost any vase with a wide enough mouth to accommodate the candle may be used to hold them. In addition to using them as a centerpiece, you can also place them in a pool, a garden fountain, or big bowls to decorate both indoors and outside.

DIY floating candle-making supplies

Paraffin wax

Paraffin wax is the most generally utilized wax among candle companies since it can retain a lot of smell and color.


Paraffin wax for candle making


Soy wax

Soy wax is also great for DIY floating candles and doesn’t come with any setbacks.

Candle dyes

Candle dyes will help you create the right color for any occasion.


Soy wax


Fragrance oil for candles

A candle infused with candle fragrance oils can produce a sense of serenity and well-being and act as a potent anxiety and stress reliever.


candle fragrance oil for candles


Candle wicks

Candle wicks are one of the important supplies for making candles.

Candle molds

The trick to DIY floating candles is finding the right kind of mold. And they aren’t as tricky to find.


Candle molds for DIY floating candles


Candle jars

Glass candle jars are the perfect container to put your floating candles in. Floating candles placed in these will create the perfect and elegant atmosphere for a dinner party.


floating candles in jars


How to make DIY floating candles at home?

  1. Weight and melt the wax

Weight out the melted wax and place it in your heat-safe container or pouring pitcher.

  1. Heat the wax


wax heating for DIY floating candle


To pour semi-refined paraffin wax, it must reach a temperature of 185ºF. Place a thermometer in the wax to check the temperature for complete accuracy. Check the consistency of the wax often. You can accomplish this by gently swirling the wax with a wooden spoon in the boiler pitcher.

  1. Pour the wax into candle molds

Add any color and fragrance you like. Then, pour the wax into your mold. You can use plain, white, and unscented wax for these floaters as well. Consider the season when making your decision. For example, a bowl of brightly colored floating candles is fun on a summer picnic table.

  1. Add the wick


floating candle flower


Let the candles cool until there's a skin over the top. Then, take a small piece of primed wick and gently stick it upright into the center of the candle. However, you don't want it to go all the way through the bottom. The process is similar to the wick testing trick, but you have to leave the wick embedded in the wax. Tabbed wicks are generally easier to add because the tab helps to guide and secure the wick in place.

  1. Allow the DIY floating candles time to harden

Once the wicks have been set, candles take up to 48 hours to harden completely.  When they're cooled off, pop them out of the mold and trim the wicks to about 1/4 inch. Then, your candles are ready.

Floating candle safety

With these candles, like with any candle, you should always use basic fire safety precautions and never leave them alone or near anything that might catch fire. To prevent unintentional burning, keep goods away from the water's edge.

That being said, the safety concerns associated with these homemade floating candles are minor. The water itself makes them safer than the average candle. Once they burn down, they extinguish themselves.

You also don’t have to worry about the flowers inside the vase. They will be too waterlogged to catch fire and should also sit completely underwater the whole time.


DIY floating candles in jars with flowers DIY floating candles in jars with rocks


Take away

DIY floating candles, as you can see, are quite simple to make and very customizable and you don't need a lot of time and resources to make it. You can get very creative with scents and colors. The best thing is that they simply require a few materials and will last for a long time. You can make to decorate your DIY floating candle by adding ribbon, rocks, or flowers in the water to enjoy perfect evenings with your loved ones․



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