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Valentine’s Day candles

On 05, Feb 2011 | 13 Comments | In aromatherapy | By All Year Garden

If you dried herbs and flowers last summer, here is a good way to use them: just in time for Valentine’s Day, decorative heart shaped floating candles. This project is presented as a Valentine’s Day idea, but you can make decorative candles any time. Experiment with different colors,  fragrances and shapes.

You will need:

  • 1 large 100% bees wax candle
  • rose petals, dried flowers, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, lemon and orange peel, dried apple slices or cranberries, vanilla beans or anything else you might have around the house that seems like a good idea. Get creative on how to mix them.
  • 2 heart shaped disposable aluminum foil tins
  • oil to grease the tins
  • fragrance (rose oil, lemon extract, lavender oil, etc.)

Cut the candle into 1 inch segments and melt the wax in a small pan on the stove, making sure it doesn’t burn. After the wax has melted, remove the 1″ wick segments to reuse for your candles.

Mix in a few cloves or cinnamon stick shards and set aside, allowing the wax to cool down a little, but not solidify.

Grease the tins and place on the bottom and sides any of the elements above that you would like to use. Try not to get anything too close to the wicks, you want the wicks to burn, not the decorations. Dip the end of two or three wicks in the hot wax and stick them to the bottom of the tins. They may need a little adjusting after you pour the wax over.

After the mixture in the pan cooled down significantly, add your fragrance. Mix well and pour in the tins, over the decorative pieces.

Adjust the wicks and let the candles solidify. When they are cold, remove the aluminum foil. Enjoy!

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