Aromatic Votive Candles

Do It Green! Minnesota

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Select the container for the candle holder. If using a flowerpot, seal the hole in the bottom with self-hardening terra-cotta or modeling clay before the wax is poured in. For a 2-cup container, you will need 7 to 10 drops of essential oil in the fragrance of your choice. Candlewicks are of different types: Many burn in only one direction, so be aware of this when positioning the wick or else the candle will just keep extinguishing itself. Some wicks are laced with metal thread to burn longer. Paraffin and wicks are available in craft stores and some hardware stores. You’ll Need:

  • Measuring cup
  • Heatproof flowerpots or glasses
  • Candlewick
  • Wooden skewers
  • 1 pound paraffin
  • Empty coffee can
  • Saucepan
  • Essential oil
  • Needle

The ingredients listed make 2 (1-cup) candles.


Step 1: Fill selected candle holder with water; pour water into measuring glass and note quantity.

Step 2: Tie wick onto wooden skewer so free end touches bottom of candle holder. Lay skewer on rim with wick centered.

Step 3: Place paraffin in well-washed coffee can set in saucepan of boiling water; let paraffin melt.

Step 4: When melted paraffin appears clear, add a few drops of essential oil and mix in well using wooden skewer.

Step 5: Pour melted paraffin into candle holder; pour slowly to avoid creating air bubbles. Let cool.

Step 6: Prick surface of candle with needle. Candle is ready to be used when no liquid wax residue appears on needle.

Now Try This: Floating candles create a festive atmosphere and a unique centerpiece. Arrange several candles, molded in fluted tartlet pans, in a large glass bowl together with a nosegay of small flowers, herbs, or spices.

Add the essential oil to the melted paraffin after you have planned the accompanying floral arrangement, so the scents are complementary.


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