How to Make Simple Floating Candles

  • 01 of 08

    Let's Get Started Making Floating Candles

    basic white candles floating in a bowl of water
    Floating Candles. David Fisher

    There is one instance where fire and water do mix - Floating Candles.

    I love floating candles. The movement of the flame is amplified and increased by the movement in the water.

    For this project you'll need:

    • Wax - I used a votive blend here - it needs to be able to stand up by itself, like a votive or a pillar blend wax
    • Wick - I used untabbed zinc core wick, suitable for a 1-2" candle.
    • Fragrance or essential oil - if desired
    • Color for the wax - if desired
    • A small mold of some sort. The only...MORE requirement on the mold for a floating candle is that it be larger at the top than it is on the bottom. Many candle supply companies sell "tart" or "floater" molds. I used a mini-muffin tray here.
    • Basic Candle Making

    Assemble all of your equipment and ingredients and let's get started!

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  • 02 of 08

    Melt the Wax for the Floating Candle

    Melting the Wax
    Melting the Wax. David Fisher

    Prepare your molds and wick and melt your wax.

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  • 03 of 08

    Pour Your Floating Candle

    Pour the Wax
    Pouring the Wax. David Fisher

    Add any color or fragrance you'd like, and pour the wax into your mold.

    I'm just using plain white unscented wax for these floaters, but you can certainly scent and color them any way you want. A bowl of brightly colored floating candles is fun on a summer picnic table.

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  • 04 of 08

    Insert the Floating Candle Wick

    Insert the Wick
    Inserting the Wick. David Fisher

    Let the soon-to-be floating candles cool until there is a skin over the top. Take a small piece of primed wick and gently stick it upright into the center of the candle. You don't want it to go all the way through the bottom though.

    It's kind of like my wick testing trick - except you leave the wick embedded in the wax.

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  • 05 of 08

    Let the Floating Candles Cool

    Cooling the Candles
    Cooling the Candles. David Fisher

    After you've inserted all of the wicks, let the candles cool.

    When cool, pop them out of the mold and trim the wicks to about 1/4".


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  • 06 of 08

    Floating Candles In a Wine or Margarita Glass

    Candle in Goblet or Wine Glass
    Candle in Goblet. David Fisher

    Drop a floating candle into a goblet or wine glass.

    A margarita glass is great for three small floating candles.

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  • 07 of 08

    Floating Candles In a Votive Holder

    Floating Votive
    Floating Votive. David Fisher

    Fill a votive holder with water and make a lovely floating candle votive! Imagine one of these at each place setting at your dinner table.

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  • 08 of 08

    Classic Bowl of Floating Candles

    Bowl of Floating Candles
    Bowl of Floating Candles. David Fisher
    Of course don't forget to fill a large bowl with water and float several floating candles in it to make a warm, beautiful centerpiece.