Tuesday, April 16, 2024

DIY Wildflower Candles

As I've been working on my plan for the rehearsal dinner that Hugh and I will be hosting the night before the wedding, I've been looking into purchasing candles decorated with flowers. Shanti's entire wedding vibe is heavy on wildflowers and; I thought that carrying the theme through on the rehearsal dinner table would be a nice touch.

I looked online for candles that I could purchase and, holy hell, Batman, were they expensive! So, I decided to make my own. While I plan to use mainly taper candles for the dinner, I chose to first attempt the process on larger pillar candles, which, was a wise decision, since it provided more surface area on which to practice.

I gathered my supplies, which included dried, pressed flowers (Amazon), a set of three candles (40% off at Hobby Lobby), tealights (which I already have a plethora of), and a small nylon paintbrush.  

I started by melting a tealight, completely. While the wax was melting, I separated the flowers (they came with a set of angled tweezers, which made handling the delicate flowers a lot easier) and laid them out in a design that I liked.

Then I gently laid them on the candle, dipped the paintbrush in the wax, and carefully brushed the wax over the flowers, making sure to coat them well enough to adhere them to the candle.

I was pleased with the end result, although, there were areas on each candle where I could have been more careful not to leave globs of wax from drips that fell from the paintbrush. I'll be sure to be aware of that when I try the process on the tapers for the rehearsal dinner.

All in all, it was a pretty simple DIY that saved a lot of money and that will have a big impact on the table decor.

10 out of 10, highly recommend.

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