10 SIMPLE STEPS TO CREATE A FLOWER CANDLE
We love fun candle DIY projects, particularly when the end result is something as pretty as this flower candle! And who doesn’t love flowers? Give us a freshly picked bunch and a candle, and now we’re talking!
“Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you.” – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
- Clear glass vessel
- Wax: Must be container wax. We recommend either our Virgin Coconut Crème or our Coco Apricot Crème
- Fragrance: LAB & CO candle fragrances are the best!
- Wooden wicks with wick clips
- Wick stickers
- Glue: Must be clear-dry and non-toxic. We recommend either Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue or Elmer’s Clear Washable School Glue
- Small paint brush
- Pressed dried flowers: We found several great sources on Etsy. Keep in mind they must be pressed, not just dried, as you want them to be as flat as possible.
- Pouring pitcher
- Heat gun
- Cover the area you will be working on just in case there are any spills or mishaps.
- Clean your vessel with warm soapy water and dry thoroughly.
- Arrange your flowers and leaves in the design you would like them to be on the candle.
- Using a small paintbrush, apply the glue in a very thin coat onto the FRONT of the flower and press the flower into the inside of the glass. This will help make your flower candle look flawless. Make sure to put a thin layer of glue on the entire face of the flower or leaf, because if wax can creep in between the flower and the glass, you won’t be able to see the flower clearly.
- Wait for the glue to dry completely before proceeding any further. Check manufacturer’s instructions to see recommended dry time.
- Once the glue is completely dry, set the wick by placing a wick sticker on the bottom of the wick clip and attaching it to the center bottom of your vessel. In the case of wooden wicks, there is no need to attach the top of the wick to a wick bar as wooden wicks are rigid and will remain straight as long as the wick tab is affixed to the bottom of the vessel. To make sure you are using the correct size wick, please read our blog What Size Wood Wick Should I Use?
- Melt your wax in a double boiler in a wax pouring pitcher or wax heater until liquefied (no more than 200 degrees F).
- Let the wax cool to the Mix Temperature (the suggested pouring temperature for your wax type (refer to manufacturer’s instructions)). This is extremely important. If not followed, this will result in issues with your candle.
- It is time to add the fragrance! Make sure to spend a few minutes briskly stirring the fragrance into the wax. Your fragrance load will depend on your fragrance, wax type and its ability to hold fragrance, as well as the desired strength you are looking for in both cold throw and warm throw.
- Slowly pour the blend of wax and fragrance into your vessel.
If you are using 100% soy, you might need to poke relief holes as the candle is cooling. Once the candle is fully cooled (do not refrigerate), depending on the type of wax used, you may need to do a re-pour to level out the surface. If not, we suggest using a heat gun– being very careful not to burn the wick – and quickly wave above the surface of the candle for a perfectly smooth finish (do not use a hairdryer as that will melt and blow the wax creating a big mess). Obviously, there is much more that goes into making a perfect candle and this is only the beginning, but it should be enough to get you started! Be sure to read our blog post How to Make a Wooden Wick Candle for a little extra information!
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