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One of The Best Homemade Gifts: How to Make Rose Shaped Candles

Updated on September 7, 2011

A Rose Shaped Candle Example


The Rose Shaped Candle

Supplies Needed

The supplies you will need to make a rose candle includes;

  • coloured or plain wax (blocks, from old candles, pellets, ect)
  • candle colouring (if not using coloured wax) for both the rose itself and it's leaves
  • soup cans (one can per colour)
  • large cookie pan
  • wax paper
  • knife
  • stove
  • wick
  • scents (optional and completely your decision what scent you want your candle to be)
  • something to stir hot wax (remember whatever you use you will have to either throw out later or peel the hardened wax off). Make sure this isn't something that is going to melt.
  • oven mitts

Please read all of the instructions before making your rose shaped candles. As there is a short time frame when the wax is in good molding condition. And some steps must be completed quite quickly.

Step One

 The first step to making rose shaped candles is to organize your supplies. Have everything within reach, remove the labels from the previously cleaned soup cans, and lay enough wax paper down to cover the cookie pan.

Step 2

 Step 2 to making rose shaped candles is to fill your soup can full of wax. Then heat this wax up on your stove element. You will likely have to continually add wax to the can as it melts. Periodically stirring for faster melting.

Step 3

The third step in making rose shaped candles is adding the colour and scent. This colour will be the colour of your rose (the leaves go last). This is added once you have just below a full can of wax.

Step 4

Step 4 in making rose shaped candles is very carefully pouring (use the oven mitts!) the hot wax onto your cookie pan. Do not allow this to completely harden. Once the wax has cooled off enough to work with and is soft and mold-able. You can now cut the middle of your rose out. Cut a 3-4 inch long and 1-2 inch wide rectangle. Quickly roll your rectangle of wax into a "log". Do this so that your log is 1-2 inches long not the 3-4 inches long.

Step 5

The fifth step to your rose shaped candle making is to cut the remaining wax into tear drops. If the wax is no longer soft and easy to mold. You will need to put the remaining wax back into your soup can and reheat.

Start with teardrops that are smaller in width and 1-2 inches in length. Attach these teardrops one at a to your log, point down. The point of the teardrop should be right up against your log and the other end should be slightly angled away from your log to look more like a rose petal.

Continue doing this until you have gone all the way around your log. This should only take a few teardrops. Once you've gone all the way around increase your teardrops width slightly. And repeat what you have done with the smaller ones. Like you were working with molding clay you can mold the bottom of the rose so that it has a flat bottom.

Continue this pattern of placing teardrops until you have reached the desired size. Every time the wax gets too hard to work with reheat in the soup can.

Step 6

Step 6 in your rose shaped candle making is the leaves. You may have to use a different soup can for this if you have remains from the petals in your first can.

Like before fill your can with plain wax and completely melt. Once this has melted add your green colouring. And then pour this into the cookie pan (with fresh wax paper).

Once again cut teardrop shapes into your wax. Except this time these will be placed on your rose point up. Continue to do all the way around the rose and until you have the desired amount of leaves on your rose.

Let completely cool and you're done. You have now made a rose shaped candle.



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    • Research Analyst profile image

      Research Analyst 

      7 years ago

      These rose shaped candles are really pretty.

    • lucybell21 profile image

      Bonny OBrien 

      7 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      Wow this is a great idea! I have so many used candles laying around. This will give me a new project to start!


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