How To Make Floating Candles? Find Out Here!

Updated on December 8, 2022

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How To Make Floating Candles?

To prepare a floating candle you will need soy wax, glue dots, and a cotton wick. You'll start by preparing your tart tins for candies. Place the wick and glue spots into the centers of the tart tins. Next, pour 60 pounds of soy wax flakes into a candle-melting pitcher. Heat the wax on low heat with a slow simmer at most. Once melted. Pour the wax into each tart pan.

Floating candies are a great way to add a little bit of whimsy to any event. These adorable treats look amazing on cakes, cupcakes, cookies, ice cream sundaes, milkshakes, smoothies, cocktails, and even desserts. You can easily customize these cute candies to fit whatever occasion you are celebrating.

What Can You Make Floating Candles In?

Floating candles are great for parties, weddings, events, etc. They look beautiful and add a unique touch to any event. Plus, they're super simple to make! All you need is a tart tin, a jar, a wick, and some liquid.

You can find tart tins at most craft stores and candle supply companies. They come in various sizes and shapes. Some are round, others square, and still others rectangular. Tart tins are usually sold empty, so you'll need to purchase a small quantity of liquid to fill them.

A bowl with water works well if you want to make floating candles for a wedding or party. However, if you plan to keep the classic candles burning for longer periods of time, you may want to consider using another option.

Essential oils work well too, especially lavender and rosemary. Honey is a nice option if you want to make a batch of floating candles for yourself.

After deciding which liquid you'd like to try, pour the liquid into the tart tin until it reaches just below the rim. Add a wick to the center of the tin and let it soak overnight.

Once the wick is soaked through, remove the wick and gently press down on the sides of the tin to release the candle.

Which Type Of Wax Is Used To Make Floating Candles?

Floating candles are great for adding ambiance to your home. You can place them anywhere in your house, including bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, etc.

There are two types of floating candle waxes: paraffin wax and soy wax. Both work equally well, but there are pros and cons associated with using either one.

Paraffin wax is the cheapest option, but it's not the healthiest choice. Paraffin wax comes from petroleum products, which means it's highly toxic and potentially harmful to our environment. Soy wax is a healthier alternative, but it costs more.

You'll find that the price difference between paraffin and soy wax is negligible. However, if you plan on making a lot of floating candles, then you may want to consider investing in high-quality soy wax.

How Can A Floating Candle Be Made?

Floating candles are a great centerpiece idea for parties, weddings, birthdays, graduations, etc. These candles look beautiful and are very inexpensive to make. All you need is a little bit of soy wax and a wick.

You can easily customize by adding candle fragrance and color to candles. I've got a few ideas for creating candle centerpieces with floating candies below.

How To Make Floating Candles

Floating candles are made by pouring hot wax into a mold. You'll need a mold that fits your desired shape. Once the wax has cooled down, carefully pop the mold out of the hardened wax. Now you've got yourself a beautiful floating candle!

You can find molds online or at craft stores. Some molds come with a template that helps you determine where to cut the wax. Others require you to do the cutting yourself. Either way, you'll need to measure 60 pounds of soy wax flakes and pour them into a container candle melting pitcher.

Place the pitcher inside a saucepan filled with two inches of water and gently heat the mixture on low heat. Remove the pitcher from the heat once the realistic candle wax melts.

Gently stir the melted wax until it reaches the correct temperature. Carefully pour the molten wax into the mold. Allow the wax to cool and solidify for several hours before removing the mold.

You might want to use parchment paper or waxed papers to catch any drippings or spills before they drip onto your countertop. Here is the detailed process to make floating candles yourself:


Floating candles are made using soy wax flakes, glue dots, and a cotton wick. You can find pre-tabbed cotton wicks at most craft stores. These wicks come already attached to the cotton string. All you have to do is cut off the excess length and tie it to the candle. Glue dots are used to attach the wick to the bottom of the jar.


You can easily make floating candles using a simple recipe. All you need is a few ingredients and a few tools. You can easily make floating candles using only six basic ingredients. You'll need a kitchen scale, a candle melting pitcher, a candle thermometer, and 6 tart tins.


You'll need to prepare your tart tins for candles by pressing the metal tabs of the wicks into a glue dot while the wicks are still on the rolls. Once you've done that, carefully pull the wicks and glue dots off the rolls and place them into the centers of the tart tins.

Next, use a kitchen scale and 60 pounds of soy wax flakes to measure. Pour the wax into the candle-melting pitcher and place the pitcher inside a saucepan filled with two inches of water. Heat the wax on low heat with a slow simmer at most.

Stir the wax slowly yet often, and once melted, remove the pitcher from the pan. Carefully pour the hot wax into each tart tin, making sure not to burn yourself. Allow the wax to cool and solidify for several hours before removing the tarts from the candle molds.

Now that you've made your floating candles, let's talk about how to store them. Store your floating candles in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight. Don't leave them sitting on a windowsill either. These candles should last anywhere between 6 months to 1 year depending on where you live.


Floating candle centerpieces are very versatile. You can customize them however you'd like. However, the best part is they only require a few supplies to make. And, they'll last longer than battery-powered tea light candles and flameless candles

You'll start by lining your work area with parchment or extra paper such as paperboard toilet, glue paper, etc to catch any drippings or overpours. Then, cut a hole in the middle of the lid of the jar using a drill bit.

Next, place the wick inside the hole and light the wick. Once the candle wick is lit, pour melted paraffin wax into the jar until the bottom of the jar is covered. Let the wax cool completely.

Once the wax has cooled, remove the wick and insert the votive candle holder into the jar. Place the floating candle in the center of the jar and enjoy!

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