Water candles look fantastic and can be beautifully made in any ordinary glassware. It can be used as a decorative item. If you wish, you can use it to decorate Diwali or Christmas. Especially at night it gives an ethereal glow to your room. You can make your own water candle with the available household items.
What you will need
- Glass or Glass jar
- Transparent plastic sheet
- Edible oil
- Matchbox or lighter
- Pebbles (optional)
- Food color (optional)
- Colored stones (optional)
- Flowers (optional)
Step 1: Select Glass
Select a glass according to what you wanted to achieve. I’m using here a medium sized regular water drinking glass. You can use any glass or glass jar that is available in your house or you can buy it from your nearer shop or from an online store.
Step 2: The Wick
To make a wick, take a piece of cotton on your palm and rub it with both hands. After rubbing a piece of cotton, it’ll turn into long and thin wick which can be easily fixed in the floater. If you wish, you can use a wick from birthday candle or from any candle.
Step 3: The Floater
Cut out the transparent plastic sheet into a circular shape with the help of a scissor and make a hole in its center with the help of tweezers. Make sure that the hole of a plastic sheet (floater) should match with the thickness of a wick because it is used in order to hold the wick and also make sure that the floater comfortably fits and floats inside the glass. To make a floater, you can use any useless plastic materials that are available in your home. This piece of plastic sheet plays very important role in water candle as it is transparent, it can float on water and it can hold the candle wick.
Step 4: Decorate the glass
To decorate the glass put some pebbles at its bottom portion. While putting pebbles into it, tilt the glass and gently put pebbles. If you wish, you can use any one decorative items such as colored stones, plastic toys, marbles, beads, flowers, plants etc.
Step 5: Add water and oil
Fill water into the decorated glass, but leave some free space at the top of it for oil. Now put some edible oil on the surface of water. The edible oil is the fuel for your water candle. Don’t worry about the oil, it always settled above the surface of the water because of having a lower density than the density of water.
Step 6: Putting all together
Take the floater and insert the wick into its hole. After doing this Immerse the wick into the oil with the help of tweezers and place it in between the layers of water and oil. Don't tilt the floater while placing it in water. Ensure that the total surface of the floater is stable on the surface of the water, otherwise it may completely immerse in the water.
Step 7: Light and Enjoy
Your DIY Water Candle is now ready. Place it on your favorite place where you want to leave it. Get the matchbox or lighter and light the candle. Now you can enjoy the ethereal glow of your water candle.
Water candle decorating ideas
For your inspiration I’m going to show you three different ways to decorate water candle that makes them different from one another. Hope this will helpful for you.
1: Hue color effect
To get the hue effect just add the food color into the water and stir it with the help of a spoon. You can use any color as per your desire.
2: Colored stones
This water candle is decorated with colored stones. You can get colored stone from your nearby aquarium shop or you can color the stones using Acrylic colors.
3: Flowers and Pebbles
You can use natural flowers or artificial flowers to decorate your water candle. I have used here natural flowers. I have also used here some pebbles which gives fantastic looks and also prevents flowers against floating.
- Don’t place or light candle near flammable materials.
- Carefully place the candle on the floor as it is breakable.
- Don't touch candle flame.
- Parent supervision is required.
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