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diy Wedding Crafts: Pressed Herb Candle Recipe

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These handmade pressed herb candles are gorgeous! This is a great idea for gifts for our bridal party or if you are a go-getter you could make these as favors for your wedding guests.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 pint size Ball jar
  • 1 block of 100% beeswax (or natural wax of your choice)
  • 1 natural wick
  • Pressed flowers or herbs (100% dry)
  • Double boiler OR a clean empty can and a pot
  • 1 old paintbrush
  • An old knife
  • Cutting board

Instructions:

  1. On the cutting board, use the knife to chop the wax into smaller chunks that will fit within the empty can.
  2. Place a few chunks of wax into the can (or double boiler), place the can into the pot, and add 2″ of water. Heat on medium until the wax is melted, then lower the temperature until the water calms to a simmer.
  3. Dip the brush into the melted wax and apply the pressed flowers to the inside of the jar. Bear in mind that the flowers won’t stay completely put when you pour in the wax, but this will help them stay towards the outer edges. To anchor the wick, dip the metal end of the wick into the melted wax and lower it to the bottom of the jar. The melted wax will adhere the wick to the bottom.
  4. As the wax melts, add more chunks until the can is nearly full. Once the wax is completely melted, use an oven mitt to very carefully remove the can from the water, and slowly pour the wax into the jar. Depending on the size of your can, you will likely have to melt more wax, repeat these steps until the jar is full.
  5. To keep the wick from sinking, gently tie it around a pencil or chopstick. Allow the wax to cool completely. Trim the wick to 1/4″ before burning and always remember to keep the candle within sight while it’s lit.

TIP: Make sure you use the correct size wick for your jar! If you don’t your candle won’t burn properly (I learned this the hard way). Be sure to ask someone when you are buying the wick to advise you on the correct size.

Recipe by: Free People
Photography by: Adventures in Making

 

 

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