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How to Make WildFlower Candles
Using natural materials such as dried wildflowers, weeds or ferns is one of the most attractive ways to decorate candles.
All small wildflowers like buttercups and violets that are easy to dry, along with wild grasses, are suitable.
Simply gather them from your garden or any open space where wildflowers grow, take them home and dry them.
They can be flattened between the pages of a book, hung up to dry in a warm and airy room, or ironed between two pieces of brown paper to shape and dry them out. Else you can use a commercially-prepared product for drying flowers.
The dried wildflowers and leaves are then waxed into place artistically along the length of plain white candles.
The end result has a rustic and highly attractive appeal to young and old, and can be used for decorative as well as practical purposes.
To Make Wildflower Candles
You will need:
- some plain white candles
- some dried wildflowers and grasses
- a small saucepan
- an iron
- a small amount of wax (you can buy an extra candle and melt it down)
- a glass container suitable for holding the melted wax
- a large artists brush
- 2 sheets of brown paper
Preparing the wax and wildflowers
- Place the glass container into about ½” of water in the pan, and place over a low heat.
- Bring the water to the boil, then reduce to simmer while the wax you have placed in the glass container melts.
- Meanwhile, press the dried flowers and grasses you have chosen for decoration between two sheets of brown paper, over a firm surface like a table.
- A layer of cardboard should protect the table surface from the heat.
- When the wax has all melted, it is ready to use.
- Make sure it stays liquid throughout the whole process by keeping the water simmering.
- Don’t allow it to boil dry.
Applying the wildflowers
- Choose your first flower or grass and place it in position on the candle.
- Dip the artist's brush into the wax and apply firmly and evenly to the entire flower, so that it is all coated.
- You can apply several coats so that the flower appears to be deeply embedded in the candle, but allow each coat to dry before applying the next. This only takes a few minutes.
- Apply more flowers and leaves until you have achieved the desired effect all over the candle.
Sometimes less looks better.
A combination of a few well-chosen flowers and grasses placed apart from each other can achieve a far better look to your candle, than a lot all bunched in together.
Should you burn your wildflower candle down, the materials used will simply curl up, so there is no danger of them catching fire.
And that is how to make decorative wildflower candles which will be very individual not only to you, but to the area in which you live.
Should you find some beautiful wildflowers while on vacation, waxing them into decorative candles is a great reminder of the place you visited, which you can then display in your home as an ornamental keepsake.
If you like the idea of making wildflower candles but live in a city apartment, you can use the leaves of decorative houseplants instead, like the Boston fern.
Wax melts at between 40 - 68°C (104 - 154°F) and is highly flammable. While working with molten wax, keep a box of powdered sodium bicarbonate handy to extinguish any flames, should it catch fire.