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Botanical Candles with Fresh Herbs, Fruits, and Flowers

Botanical Candle

The winter has been long, and we still have a little time yet to spend indoors. If you are looking for a project that will keep you occupied, refresh your decor, and bring a satisying scent to your home, try making your own botanical candles! The possibilities for artistic expression are nearly endless, and these beautiful candles make great gifts, as well. Below are some guidelines to get you started, should you choose botanical candlemaking to be your grand finale of indoor activities for the winter…

 You will need:

  • Candle wax
  • Essential oil(s) of desired scent
  • Fresh herbs, sliced fruits, and dried or pressed flowers
  • Wick
  • 2 candle molds of the same height, with 1 sized slightly smaller in diameter (about 1/4 to 1/2 inch smaller) than the other.
  • Wooden spoon

 Now that you’ve gathered your desired and necessary materials, it’s time to create! Here are the steps:

  1. Melt enough wax to form the largest size candle. Uncolored wax works the best, and allows the beauty of the herbs and flowers to show through.
  2. Add desired essential oil(s) to scent the wax. Be sure to mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon to ensure the scent lasts as your candle burns down.
  3. Pour scented wax into the smaller of the two candle molds,(make sure you have positioned the wick) and allow to set, but don’t trim the wick quite yet. Hold back some of the wax for the next step…
  4. Place the smaller candle you’ve just made inside the larger candle mold. Arrange herbs (fresh work best), flowers (dried or pressed), fruit slices, even seashells in a decorative pattern in the space between the mold and the outside of your candle so far. Pour some of the remaining wax to fill larger mold halfway, and set your decorations. Allow to set for a few minutes before filling the rest of the way with wax. If any herbs, etc. float to the top, simply remove them (try tweezers for this, they should greatly reduce the risk of scorching your fingers).
  5. Allow your candle to cool completely, then top off any valleys with more wax. Cool for at least an additional 10 minutes if you fill any valleys. Remove candle from mold, and voila! You now have a masterpeice that will liven your senses!

*Note* Make sure to avoid fire hazards by not allowing your candle to burn too far down. Never leave a flame unattended!

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6 Comments

  1. Posted February 28, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    That candle looks really beautiful! I want to try making one. Thanks for the steps you shared here. How long does it take to make one? I really want to try this. Thanks!

  2. Posted March 9, 2013 at 2:05 am | Permalink

    That is simply awesome! All those fruit slices are all fresh? Sounds a unique idea. I might try this! Thanks for sharing!

    • Nancy Dybdahl
      Posted December 15, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

      I like this idea. Do we need to dry the fruit first or is it fresh and if so what keeps it from getting moldy?

      • FreshHerbs
        Posted December 16, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

        It would need to be dried before using for best results.

  3. Posted May 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Love your recipes. Always looking for a new way to use out of my herb garden

  4. Somya Milbourne
    Posted November 22, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    The candle is beautiful what kind of wax are you using

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