Water Balloon Candles
Fill a balloon with water
to the desired size. Dip the balloon in wax, make sure it
is somewhat cool. Continue dipping the balloon until a hard
shell has formed around it. Carefully pop the balloon at
the top, and empty out the water. Pull the balloon out of
the wax shell. Pour a small amount of wax (a different
colour from the first) into the shell. Roll it around in
the shell, making sure all areas are covered, until the wax is
dry. Continue doing this with different colours until the
shell is almost filled. Insert the wick during the last
fill. Once the candle is cool, use a potato peeler or
something similar to shave the top of the candle, making it
smooth and flat.
These candles turn out to look something like a geode. They are a little time consuming, but the end result is fantastic!!
Hope my suggestion comes in
Michelle from Indiana
(Thanks Michelle for a
Fruit candles are easy. Fill a jar with water and your favourite colourful fruit slices. Put a floater candle on top, and enjoy!
Ways to Attach Fruit, Herbs, Flowers Leaves, and Spices
flowers or leaves to the outside of a finished candle by dipping
the flower in uncoloured melted wax and pressing it gently to the
surface of the candle. Then take the candle by the wick and dip
the whole thing into the melted wax once or twice to form a seal
over the flowers, but still let them show through the glow of the
burning candle. The most lightly coloured or non coloured
wax works best with this decorating idea. The flowers can be seen
Ground cinnamon or other aromatic spices added to the melted wax are nice. They tend to settle to the bottom of your candle a bit , but this looks nice. Glitter and confetti can be used also.
Stick whole cinnamon sticks
vertically around the outside surface of your candle by painting
one side of the stick with melted wax. You can also line your
mould with cinnamon sticks and a good deal of melted wax before
you pour the mould. Let it harden and then fill the rest of your
mould with wax. This gives a very rustic look.
Try the same techniques using miniature candy canes for Christmas candles. The candle will have a nice subtle sweet mint aroma.
Try attaching dried blood
orange slices, or whole spices to the outside of a finished
candle using melted wax and a paintbrush, or clear drying craft
glue such as Elmer's. To dry the fruit slices, put them in a 150
(65C) degree oven for several hours on a piece of parchment. You
can also dip the dried fruit slices right into melted clear
paraffin for a few seconds and then press them onto your candles.
Don't burn your fingers, use tweezers to hold the fruit and a
chop stick or tongue depressor to press the fruit onto your