Search Term

Enter a search term (optional)


Select One (optional)

Difficulty Level

Select One (optional)

Estimated Cost

Select One (optional)


Select as many as you like (optional)

  • Fabric Crafts
  • Paper Crafts
  • Craft Foam
  • Pipe Cleaner Crafts
  • Clay & Sculpting
  • Nature Crafts
  • Wood Crafts
  • Beads & Jewelry
  • Recycled Crafts
  • Painting & Coloring
  • Food Crafts
  • Plastic
  • Mixed Media/Miscellaneous
Time to complete

Select One (optional)

Primary Technique

Select One (optional)


Select One (optional)


Select as many as you like (optional)

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter
Age Group

Select as many as you like (optional)

  • Toddlers
  • Preschool & Kindergarten
  • Elementary School
  • Pre-Teens
  • Teens


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!



Free projects, giveaways, exclusive partner offers, and more straight to your inbox!

Your Recently Viewed Projects

Include a Photo Include a Photo

Click the button above or drag and drop images onto the button. You can upload two images.

Cancel Reply to Comment

Thanks for your comment. Don't forget to share!

This seems so easy! I can't wait to try it. I've always loved luminaries

I saw this demonstrated on PBS and they used beeswax. One of the cautions they stated was to fill the balloon completely and not leave any air in it at all. Instead of using just small warmer candles you could also use taller ones. They also worked some dried flowers and leaves in the last two drippings. You have to be careful not to get burned. They used their fingers but I think tweezers would have been better. Just glue the items onto the bowl (while the balloon is still in it) using some of the melted wax as glue. It was very pretty that way

A picture would be very helpful. I believe what you are trying to make here is a luminaria, since a luminary is a celebrity who inspires others.

please give us some pictures, it would be helpful.

Thanks, Can't wait to try this:)

I havent heard of this, great idea

This sounds like a fun project for my kids. I will definately give it a try.

this is a great way to recycle scented candles and make ur own scent... makes great project for girl scouts

I used this same technique for making chocolate can put ice cream, berries, whatever you like to eat with chocolate in them. My grandkids loved eating them making them.

It was so Pretty

sounds like fun, but I would have loved a picture. Most of us that make crafts by looking at something are very visual.

this sounds like a great prodject. would anyone have a picture of it? thx lorraine

This sounds really cool! And my daughter would LOVE it! Does anyone have any pictures of either their final luminary or any in process pics? Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

I have an image of how this finished product would look,,,,,but would love to see pics.... There could be endless possibalities with this project if its like I have imagined....Thanks for sharing this idea!

That is a great idea! I'll have to try it tonight.

great idea to make for christmas in a group for the centre of the christmas table.


Report Inappropriate Comment

Are you sure you would like to report this comment? It will be flagged for our moderators to take action.

Thank you for taking the time to improve the content on our site.

Project of the Day

Scrap Fabric Birds

Are your scraps taking over? Don't throw them away! Instead, use your fabric to create crafts with scrap material. These Scrap Fabric… See more

Something worth saving?

Register now for FREE to:

  • SAVE all your favorite crafts
  • ADD personal notes
  • QUICKLY reference your crafts


Sponsored Content

Connect With Us

Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest Twitter
Blog Email RSS

About Us Advertise Contact Us FAQ Keyword Index Privacy Policy Share Your Project Subscribe Terms of Service Unsubscribe

---- 1 ----


Images from other crafters

There are currently no images from other crafters.