Basic Floating Candles

Floating candles can be used to create beautiful floating centerpieces. The best part is that it is simple to make your own!

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Supply List

  • Votive Blend Wax
  • Fragrance (if desired)
  • Dye (if desired)
  • Pre-tabbed wicks
  • Silicone mold release spray or Pam-type cooking spray


  • Double Boiler
  • Floating Candle Molds
  • Thermometer


  1. Melt your wax in the double boiler. Paraffin votive wax generally should be heated to about 175 degrees, but follow the instructions that came with your specific wax.
  2. While your wax is melting, you can prepare your molds by spraying them with a thin coat of silicone or cooking spray. Also, you can prepare your pre-tabbed wicks by straightening them out as much as possible.
  3. When your wax has completely melted, add your dye and stir throughly.
  4. Add your fragrance.
  5. Fill your floating candle mold with wax to the very lip of the mold.
  6. Allow your wax to begin to cool. When the wax starts to congeal on the top, that is the time to place the pre-tabbed wicks in the mold. The outside edge of your votive cups will congeal first, so look there. When you place the wick in the cup, the tab will stick nicely to the bottom of the cup. Keep the wick as straight as possible so that you will get a nice even burn. As the wax cools, you can make small adjustments to the wick to keep it very straight.
  7. Let your floating candles cool completely. This could take 4 hours or more so be patient.
  8. Once cooled, your floating candles should slide easily out of their molds. If you have any trouble, place them in the freezer for a few minutes and try again and the floating candles will release from the mold easily.

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