For an instantly romantic centerpiece this Valentine’s Day, whip up some floating candles to float in a shallow glass bowl. Add a big flower bud to the bottom of the bowl for additional color. The key to a floating candle is a short shape with a slightly wider top than bottom. Wax naturally floats so you have little to worry about.
You Will Need:
- Paraffin Wax
- Wicks and Wick Tabs (Usually sold together in craft stores)
- Muffin/Cupcake Pan/Individual Jell-O Molds, etc.
- Melting Pot for Wax (I use a large aluminum can) and regular saucepan or double-boiler for melting wax
- Optional- Candle Coloring and/or Scent Block
- Find an appropriate pan or mold. For simplicity sake, a muffin pan will work fine. Grease with a little vegetable oil or cooking spray to help the candles pop out easily.
- Prepare the wicks by inserting the wicks into the wick tabs.
- Boil water in a large saucepan. Place the melting container in the boiling water, or use a double boiler specially for melting max (you wouldn’t want to use the pan for anything else).
- Place several chunks of wax into the melting container. Be sure to monitor the wax as it is melts with a thermometer and turn off the heat at 180 degrees F. Parraffin wax will ignite at 375 degrees F and must be extinguished with baking soda or a fire extinguisher, so be careful!
- Once melted and the heat is off, add coloring and scent if you desire. You can use dye chips specially for coloring candles or liquid dye added with an eye-dropper. For scents, use shaved pieces from a scent block and avoid essential oils, since most are not designed for the high-heat of candles.
- Pour about an inch of wax into each of the molds in the muffin pan and let cool slightly.
- Once the wax begins to show some consistency with a skin on the top, press the tab of a wick into the bottom of each mold with a chopstick, spoon or skewer.
- Once set, pop out your candles and float in water.