Can you put dry flowers in candles? This frequently asked question led us to embrace the art of preserving fading flowers and transforming them into a captivating centerpiece. As flowers transition from their vibrant bloom, they can easily be repurposed into dried flower candles. In this guide, we will unveil the technique of how to make pressed flower candles to elevate your home decor with elegance.

    Materials You Will Need

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    Before we dive into the step-by-step instructions, let's gather the essential materials we need for making pressed flower candles:

    1. Candle Wax: You can choose from various types, such as paraffin or soy wax, depending on your preference.
    2. Wick: Ensure you have an appropriate wick for your candle size, typically ranging from 2 to 4 inches in length.
    3. Glass Container or Mold: Select a clean, dry container or mold for your candle.
    4. Pressed Flowers and Leaves: These will be the stars of your creation. You can either purchase them online or gather fresh flowers and press them yourself. We'll discuss this process in detail.
    5. Heat-Resistant Adhesive: A glue gun or another heat-resistant adhesive to secure the pressed flowers to the candle container.
    6. Double Boiler or Microwave-Safe Container: To melt the candle wax safely.
    7. Fragrance Oil (Optional): If you wish to add fragrance to your candle.
    8. Thermometer: To monitor the wax temperature.
    9. Stirring Utensil: To mix the fragrance oil (if used) into the wax.
    10. Wax Paper: To protect your work area.
    11. Scissors: For trimming the wick.

    Step-by-Step Instructions

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    1. Prepare Your Workspace: Start by setting up a clean, safe workspace. Cover it with wax paper or newspaper to catch any wax spills.
    2. Select Your Container: Choose a glass container or mold for your candle and attach the wick to the bottom using a small dab of melted wax or a heat-resistant adhesive.
    3. Melt the Wax: Use a double boiler or microwave-safe container to melt the candle wax. Ensure it reaches the recommended temperature specified on the wax packaging.
    4. Add Fragrance (Optional): If you desire a scented candle, add fragrance oil to the melted wax and stir it thoroughly.
    5. Pour a Thin Layer of Wax: Begin by pouring a thin layer of melted wax into the container. This step secures the wick in place. Allow it to cool and harden.
    6. Place Pressed Flowers: Carefully arrange your pressed flowers and leaves on the sides of the container, adding creativity to the design. You can use melted wax to adhere them to the container if needed.
    7. Pour the Remaining Wax: Pour the remaining melted wax into the container, covering the pressed flowers. Fill it to your desired level, leaving some space at the top.
    8. Cool and Harden: Allow the candle to cool and harden, which may take a few hours, depending on its size and the type of wax used.
    9. Trim the Wick: Once the candle is completely cool, trim the wick to about 1/4 inch above the candle's surface.
    10. Enjoy Your Pressed Flower Candle: Your stunning pressed flower candle is now ready to illuminate your space! Light it and bask in the glow of nature's beauty.


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    Now that you know how to make pressed flower candles, you can add the elegance of nature to your home decor. Whether you're creating these charming candles for yourself or as thoughtful gifts for loved ones, the process is both fun and rewarding.

    With the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can make pressed flower candles that will brighten any space and preserve the memories of your fading bouquets.

    If you’re ready to try this creative activity out, treat yourself to a fresh floral arrangement. Get it delivered to your doorstep today with same-day delivery in Toronto and the GTA.