Floating candles are an easy way to decorate your home. You can even try making them at home. Read on to explore tips on how to make your own homemade floating candles.

How To Make Your Own Floating Candle

Floating candles add charm to a home in their unique way. With their soft glow, they light up the bleakest of corners and their fragrance make the atmosphere pleasant. Floating candles are one of the most used decorative pieces today. Place the beautiful candles in a glass bowl or vase. Add gems, stones, ice cubes, crystals, and flower petals to the bowl and set in the mood and atmosphere for celebration. Floating candles are perfect for any occasion. When planning a wedding reception, don’t forget to add the warm glow of these candle, as centerpieces. Create an impressive visual effect and sparkle your outdoor parties, by scattering floating candles across the pool! From tealight candles to small votive candles, there is a large variety to choose from. So, why not add a soft glow to your home décor or why not plan a romantic candle lit dinner and surprise your better half? The best part is that making floating candles at home is fun and easy! Here are steps to help you know how to make floating candles at home.
Making Homemade Floating Candles
What You Need
  • Muffin Pan
  • Paraffin Wax
  • Color Dye (to add color to candles)
  • Wick
  • Scissors
  • Double Boiler (or saucepans of different sizes)
  • Wooden Spoons
  • Stearic Acid
How To Make
  • In case you don't have a double boiler, fill a saucepan half with water. Place a smaller saucepan or coffee can inside it. Don’t fill smaller saucepan with water. 
  • Next, break the paraffin wax into small pieces. Put the small wax pieces into the top of double boiler (or the smaller suacepan) and melt them at high flame.
  • Keep stirring during the heating process. 
  • Use candy thermometer to check the temperature of the wax. Turn off the heat, once the temperature reaches 180 degrees.
  • Add four teaspoons of stearic acid per pound of paraffin, into the melted wax.
  • Add the desired candle color in melted wax and stir well.
  • Once it’s done, pour the liquid wax into each individual cup in the muffin pan. Remember to keep the candle wider than its height. It will make it easier to float. So, if the diameter of the cup is three inches, you don’t have to go higher than an inch and a half.
  • Let the wax cool, but just enough that it’s still liquid, yet thick.
  • Cut the wicks at least half an inch longer than the height of your candle.
  • Take the wick and place it in the center of your candle.
  • Let the wax cool until hard and then remove it from the pan.
  • Cut the length of the wick, if needed.
  • Your floating candle is ready to burn!


  • You can use a variety of items as moulds, like pudding dishes, cupcake pans, etc.
  • You can also make floating candles using cookie cutters. Using cookie cutters will give a variety of shapes to your candles.
  • Keep your floating candles wider than their height. By making them shallow, you will ensure that the candles will indeed float.

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