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Water Balloon Luminary

Create a beautiful, translucent candle holder with the help of a water balloon.



  • Small Water Balloon(s)
  • High-Melt Paraffin Wax
  • Saucepan or wide metal can specifically for melting wax (you won’t be able to re-use a pan for other purposes)
  • Larger saucepan for boiling water (double-boiler method)
  • Cookie sheet



  1. Fill the larger saucepan partially with water and bring to a boil. Place your wax chunks into the smaller saucepan or wide metal can for melting wax. Grating the wax helps it to melt quicker. Place this can into the larger saucepan to melt the wax. Or, use a double boiler specifically for this purpose.
  2. You ideally want to keep the wax around 180 degree Fahrenheit while you work.
  3. Completely fill a small balloon with room-temperature water and tie off the top. Holding the balloon at the tie, slowly dip the water-filled balloon into the wax just under the water line. Do not dip past the water line in the balloon or the balloon will pop.
  4. Hold the balloon dipped in the wax for a few seconds and slowly lift it out. Let the wax cool for a few seconds. Repeat this process two to three more times, letting the wax cool for a few second between each dip.
  5. After the last dip, while the wax is still warm, carefully set the balloon onto the cookie sheet. This will give your luminary a flat bottom.
  6. Continue to dip your balloon into the wax until you reach the desired thickness.
  7. Set the balloon on the cookie sheet again and allow it to cool.
  8. Once completely cool, hold the balloon over the sink and pop with a needle, knife, or other sharp object. Remove the balloon from the inside of the luminary.
  9. Heat a cookie sheet on the stove or in the oven until quite hot. To level the top of the luminary, place it upside down on the hot sheet so that the edges melt until even.
  10. Allow to dry right-side up again. Once cool, place a tea light inside and burn, preferably on a candle holder. See how it glows!



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