Homemade Pressed Flower Candles

10 Materials
$20
4 Days
Easy
Are you looking for a fairly easy handmade gift for that special lady in your life? She may be a friend, your mother, your fiancé, your wife or your sister. In this tutorial I will show you how to press real flowers and use them to decorate glass teacups to make homemade candles. This idea can be used for any occasion, for example birthdays, Mother's Day or weddings. I created this gift specifically in mind for a special bride to be in my life.


To press the flowers:
I gathered my roses from my garden and placed them top side down in my phone book/catalog. I put some heavy books and a box with a bunch of stuff in it on top of my phone book and left it for a couple of days.
The container:
I found these adorable, large sized coffee/tea cups at the dollar store.  You'll want to clean the inside of the cup with windex and some paper towels just to make sure there isn't any unwanted particles inside.
Once I gathered all my pressed rose petals and daisies, I played around with a design and got to work.  With a small paint brush and some Mod Podge I painted the top side of the rose petal with a very light, paper thin coat of Mod Podge. I placed one petal on the bottom and five at the base as shown above.  You'll repeat the gluing steps for the daisies as well.  Just remember, you'll want to put the glue on the side of the daisy that is facing outwards through the glass. I did a layered effect with the petals, covering all empty spaces of glass. I used the top part of the handle to guide me as to how far up I should place the petals.
Side view after flowers are glued on.
Dry Time:
After the petals and flowers are glued on, I let them dry overnight.
Wick Placement, Following Day:
The next day, I placed the wicks.  I took a sharpie marker and a medium sized paint brush to wrap and hold my wick in place.  I taped the brush and marker in place.  I also taped the wrapped part of the wick.  When you pour your wax the wick will move and can come unraveled a bit, so by taping it down it prevents this from happening.  
Following Day Continued:
I took a medium sized pot and filled it with hot water a quarter of the way full. I turned the heat on high to make the water boil. I placed two tin cans full of wax chips within the pot. As the wax melted I added more wax until the cans were about three quarters of the way full. To make sure the wax was melting efficiently, I stirred the wax with a wooden dowel. I also added one fragrant wax melt per can to add a slight fragrance. This is completely optional. When the cans were full I removed them with an oven mitt and slowly poured the wax into the cups. By pouring the wax in slowly, the wicks moved less from where I placed them in the center. I poured the wax to cover the top of my petals.
Rose Petal Placement (Optional):
After I poured the wax, I waited about 5-10 minutes and placed rose petals on top of the candle and away from the wick. Placing the petals away from the wick prevents the petals from catching fire while the candle is lit.
Wait Time:
It takes about 3-4 hours for the wax to completely set.
Wick Cutting:
Once the wax was set, I removed my paint brush and unraveled my wick. I cut the wick to about an inch sticking out from the candle.
Congratulations on successfully making a homemade candle that will make a great gift for any occasion! These candles are one of a kind and no two will be alike. I hope you are as much in love with these candles as I am! Happy Crafting!

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  • Stephanie Stephanie on Jul 21, 2017
    Can u use fake flowers? I have a ton left over from our vow renewal and would love to use them.

  • Pedro Carrasquillo Pedro Carrasquillo on Jul 24, 2017
    Where didi you buy the wax chips?

  • Angie Miller Giehl Angie Miller Giehl on Jul 24, 2017
    Does the rose petals give off a scent? Can you add a scent to the wax?

    • Sandra Sandra on Jul 24, 2017
      Yes you can add a fragrance to the wax.

    • MamaJoy MamaJoy on Jul 24, 2017
      The text shared that she added some scent but that it is optional. :-)

    • Dawn Neumeister Dawn Neumeister on Jul 24, 2017
      You can add scents. You can use essential oils, fragrance oil (you'll find it with the candle making supplies in your craft store) or fragrant wax melts (for your wax warmer) like I did.

  • Patricia Patricia on Jul 24, 2017
    i have made my own candles and the smoke really bad-- how does yours work in that way?

    • Coyle Coyle on Jul 24, 2017
      You probably used too hot of a wick.

    • Heather E. Dunn Heather E. Dunn on Jul 24, 2017
      Hmm... a wick is a wick is a wick, no?

      What kind of wick should be used?

    • Tigrezz Shamrock Tigrezz Shamrock on Jul 24, 2017
      OMG absolutely NOT ~ there are different sizes that you need to try and make sure you trim the wick each time ~ do some research on wick sizes for what size container & wax you are using this MAKES a huge difference

    • Martha Earles Martha Earles on Jul 24, 2017
      use pure Soy Wax and when you light it let it burn until the top has melted all across before you put it out then the next time you light it clip the wick and do the same thing .I made them professionally and that is how it is done only wax I found that didn't smoke or burn down the middle with Soy Wax the is no waste, Good luck

    • Dawn Neumeister Dawn Neumeister on Jul 24, 2017
      There are specific wicks for the type of candles that are being made. I used a soy wick with a clip already attached specifically made for container/jar candles. Of course you will also want to trim the wick accordingly.

    • Marsha Eastwood Marsha Eastwood on Jul 24, 2017
      When it comes to making candles a wick is never JUST A WICK, nor is all wax created equal. I do what Martha does and my candles are always perfect!

  • Kathleen Kathleen on Jul 24, 2017
    Can you do this with fake/artificial flowers? I'm to impatient to wait for my flowers to dry out. :)

    • 861650 861650 on Jul 24, 2017
      Don't know why not...Use silk flowers and I think your project would turn out beautifully.

    • Maggie Maggie on Jul 24, 2017
      Just remember that most silk flowers have a plastic cap that holds all the petals together. Sometimes removing the plastic makes the flower fall apart. You might try to trip each petal to look like a real petal.

    • Lynn Lynn on Jul 24, 2017
      You might have a bigger problem if the wax burns down and the petals catch fire

    • Ardale Ardale on Jul 24, 2017
      Think about the caustic chemicals you'd be inhaling not to mention that nasty burnt material smell once the candle burns down to those silk flowers. If you don't want to wait to grow your own flowers to use making these lovely candles then you can always stop by your local grocery store chain and pick up a few live flowers, or buy a few live flowers at the big hardware stores like Lowes, Home Depot or Menards this time of year or heck you can even buy singles live roses at most quick stops.

    • Dawn Neumeister Dawn Neumeister on Jul 24, 2017
      Most fake flowers are made of fabric, unless you get the super expensive ones that feel real. I'm not sure what those are made of. Anyways you just have to account for that whatever the flowers are made of (i.e. fabric) they will absorb more glue. As far as the flowers burning, like Maggie said above to remove the plastic end of the flower - the petals will separate. Always place the flowers/petals away from the wick. That way with the flame and a good measure of space from the wick you shouldn't have any unexpected burning of flowers. I wouldn't put a whole flower on top either. I would just stick to small petals. I hope this helps.

    • Kathleen Kathleen on Jul 25, 2017
      Thanks everyone for your answers, suggestions and advice on using fake flowers. I never even thought to just buy flowers from the grocery store to use. I don't have any flowers growing in my yard/garden that would make these candles so pretty.

  • Ardale Ardale on Jul 24, 2017
    Your candles are beautiful and that bride was a lucky women to have a friend or relative that cared enough about her to hand make such lovely one of a kind gifts for her. I would have cherished and kept them for years to come not wanting to burn them up but that's just me. I'd like to ask you if a person wanted to color her soy wax instead of leaving it white what would you use? I've heard you can melt a candle in with your wax but now sure if candle wax would blend well with soy wax or not? I once made cute candles in fine china cup with a saucer under it using those tiny colored scented beads and it was cute as well. I likes it so much that I hardly ever burned it just so I could use it to decorate with but alas my dogs tail hit it one day and that was the end of that pretty candle. Guess I should have used it more!

    • Dawn Neumeister Dawn Neumeister on Jul 24, 2017
      Ardale -
      I'm pretty sure when I was at the craft store in the candle making section I saw color dyes made specifically for candles.
      As far as the bride to be...Her fiancé has been my friend for a really long time and has walked through some tough stuff with me. I don't really know her that well, but I really wanted to bless them, because their love story is real. They are getting married for the right reasons and nowadays you just don't see that very often.

    • Dog10805806 Dog10805806 on Dec 16, 2017
      Small broken pieces of crayons crayons work well to color crisco candles, may also work for soy candles.

  • LINDA LINDA on Jul 24, 2017
    OK...thanks for the info on wicks and wax.....I've never made a candle but I LOVE THIS IDEA!! Could I chop up and melt a store bought pillar candle re-using the wick from the pillar when I re-purpose the wax into a cup?

  • Renata Renata on Jul 25, 2017
    When lit do the petals give off a fragrance?

    • Dawn Neumeister Dawn Neumeister on Jul 25, 2017
      I honestly do not know the answer to this question. My guess is that because the flowers are in between the glass and the wax, that they do not give off a fragrance.

    • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Jul 27, 2017
      Since the petals and flowers were dried first, and they are not near the wick, I doubt if they would give off any odor. But the option of dropping in one of the fragrant wax cubes, of which I have accumulated many, would add lots of scent. This is a yummy idea. Best wishes

    • Spe3341445 Spe3341445 on Aug 03, 2017
      You can add essential oils to the wax to emit a scent.

  • Lottie Crafts Lottie Crafts on Jul 25, 2017
    your wax didn't shrink in the middle when it cooled? Every time I make candles they always sink in the middle when they cool. Of course I like to used leftover candles.

    • Dawn Neumeister Dawn Neumeister on Jul 25, 2017
      I didn't have any shrinkage when my candles set. I used soy wax chips, maybe shrinkage happens with different types of wax.

    • Alisa Howard Alisa Howard on Jul 25, 2017
      I would like to know the answer to this question as well. How do you keep them from sinking in the middle?

    • Dahyana Dahyana on Aug 09, 2017
      I use soy wax as well and still had slight cracks and skining in the middle as well. Would love to know how to prevent this.

    • Ali31712377 Ali31712377 on Dec 26, 2017
      Put a cocktail stick in by wick a few times as it dries.then move wax slightly to fill gap

    • Mary Mary on Apr 18, 2018

      I've found heating jar(cup) slightly in oven before pouring wax helps ;)

    • I think that means the wax got too hot

  • Beverly Johnson Beverly Johnson on Jul 30, 2017
    I was wondering if you can use artificial flowers? I don't have a garden but I love love love this idea. And if I use artificial flowers do you think the wax would get hot enough to melt them?

    • Dawn Neumeister Dawn Neumeister on Jul 30, 2017
      If you use flowers that are made of fabric it should be fine, however I'm not sure of flowers that are made to look real will melt under the hot temperatur of the wax.

    • Spe3341445 Spe3341445 on Aug 03, 2017
      I would say no to anything artificial, it will burn and emit toxins.

    • Cindy Cindy on Sep 18, 2017
      Artificial flowers will catch on fire and that would not be good. Look along the roadsides and ditches I'll be you can find flowers to your liking and use them. They are free and I don't think there are any laws to prevent from picking them. People do it all the time up by us.

    • Evelyn Laney Evelyn Laney on Nov 01, 2017
      You can also go to flower shops and some will give you the petals that fall off or you can buy rose petals.

  • Jo Jo on Aug 03, 2017
    can you use old candles and melt them and pour them? these are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! great job!!

    • Dawn Neumeister Dawn Neumeister on Aug 03, 2017
      You could do that. Others have commented on this subject. Just make sure to chop them up the best you can before you melt them also some people have said that by using their old candles that the wax when it sets it doesn't set evenly.

    • Barb Harper Barb Harper on Jul 14, 2018

      I used tea light candles! They are very inexpensive and melt faster! All I did was remive the metal casing and wick before I melted the wax! Turned out great!

    • To prevent the wax from setting unevenly, peel or shave away the outermost layer of the old candles (where is has been exposed to dust etc...) and throw that part away.

  • Ann Ann on May 27, 2018

    I would really like to try this. Can you use silk flowers with oils for fragrance Looking forward to your response. Thank you.

    • Dawn Neumeister Dawn Neumeister on May 27, 2018

      I don’t see why you couldn’t, just make sure to keep the flowers away from the wick so you’re not burning the silk flowers and releasing those fumes into the air.

    • Wendy Motley Wendy Motley on Aug 22, 2018

      NO!

    • Virginia Phelan Virginia Phelan on Aug 22, 2018

      My mom used to make candles. She did something similar with plastic flowers, but she had a core candle that would burn, not the part with the flowers.

    • Sharon Napier Sharon Napier on Aug 29, 2018

      Silk flowers will catch on fire when the candle is lit. Frangrance oils & food coloring can be used. For best results, I use gel based food colors, but broken crayons will also work. Add the fragrance &/or color to wax while melting.

  • A Yates A Yates on Aug 22, 2018

    Won’t the flowers start on fire?

    I had one and the jar just engulfed into a fire ball .

    • Only if the flame touches them, hot melted wax alone won't cause them to spontaneously combust

    • Paula Paula on Aug 22, 2018

      Will the flowers turn brown like they do when exposed to the air?

    • Dawn Neumeister Dawn Neumeister on Aug 23, 2018

      My experience is if that you place the flowers away from the wick it should be fine. If you want to be safe, that option of placing the petals on top is completely optional.

    • Dawn Neumeister Dawn Neumeister on Aug 23, 2018

      The flowers do turn brown when exposed to air. Someone on this thread recommended painting the petals with a light coat of watercolor paint with color of your choice as to preserve the color of the petals/flowers.

    • Fal6857231 Fal6857231 on Sep 26, 2018

      So did mine catch on fire


  • Dbe5479688 Dbe5479688 on Sep 10, 2018

    Question!!! So by using the Modge Podge, when the candle is lit and turns liquid, do the petals that you adhered to the bottom and side move???

    • Dawn Neumeister Dawn Neumeister on Sep 10, 2018

      That's a great question. I don't know the answer but I can ask the person I made the candles for and find out for you. :-)

  • Linda Linda on Dec 21, 2018

    Could you add essential oils?

  • Sarah Mannschreck Sarah Mannschreck on Apr 20, 2019

    my flower petals moved when I added the melted, how can I make sure the petal stay in place for the wax?

    • Dawn Neumeister Dawn Neumeister on Apr 20, 2019

      If you apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the petals, they will stay put. You’ll want to wait for them to dry, before pouring the wax in.

    • Sarah Mannschreck Sarah Mannschreck on Apr 20, 2019

      I used mod Podge and the petals still moved, I added a layer of mod podge on top of the petals, I am letting them dry now, hopefully that will help?

    • Linda Premo Linda Premo on Apr 24, 2019

      Hi Sarah, You can brush the inside of your cup and then carefully place each flower petal against the sticky Mod Podge and then brush over the petals on the opposite side facing in. Let dry for 12-24 hours. This should keep your petals from moving when you add the wax.

  • Francesca Francesca on Jul 07, 2019

    Hi there, I'm hoping to make my sons teacher one of these but I have never used midge podge. Please can you tell me which one to buy? TIA

    • Dawn Neumeister Dawn Neumeister on Jul 07, 2019

      I use the Mod Podge Matte. That just means it dries with out a glossy finish, but it will dry clear.

  • Natasha Natasha on Aug 13, 2019

    when we burn the candle, will the petals and flowers burn also? Thus giving a foul burn smell?

    • Dawn Neumeister Dawn Neumeister on Aug 13, 2019

      The petals that are glued to the inside will not burn. The petals on the top are completely optional. If they’re placed close to the rim of the container and away from the wick they will not burn. If it’s something that concerns you, the petals on top could be left off. Hope this helps :-)

    • Mo Mo on Aug 20, 2019

      I use flowers and herbs in all my candles. As long as you don't put them close to the wick, as she stated, they won't catch fire. However, as the wax melts and the petals sink into the hot molten wax, the fragrance comes out.

    • Yvonne Yvonne on Sep 10, 2019

      We have actually had the petals of these sink into the molten wax and catch fire. You just have to supervise the candle while it is burning. Never leave them unattended.

      If you do notice petals slipping out of place as it melts, they are easily plucked out, either with your fingers, or a pair of tweezers, no big deal!

  • Wanda Wanda on Sep 10, 2019

    Did you have the petals lose colour after the wax hardened for a couple of weeks?

    • Dawn Neumeister Dawn Neumeister on Sep 11, 2019

      Yes. Someone on this post suggested that to resolve this issue, one could paint the petals with watercolor paint so that they don’t lose color or to use an epoxy resin or varnish first, then once dry to add the wax.

    • Sally-Charles Evans Sally-Charles Evans on Sep 12, 2019

      How about some nice silk flowers or dried with a desiccant.

    • Lisa Sinclair Lisa Sinclair on Sep 15, 2019

      I think silk flowers may be a fire hazard, if they get too close to the wick.

  • Lindsey Lindsey on Oct 27, 2019

    Can you use artificial flowers instead?

    • Dawn Neumeister Dawn Neumeister on Oct 27, 2019

      Yep! You won’t have to worry about discoloration either! Just make sure to place it far enough from the wick to prevent any burning.

    • GoodPenny GoodPenny on Apr 03, 2020

      Actually tiny silk flowers from Hobby Lobby placed only on the sides would be pretty

  • Tammy Tammy on Nov 11, 2020

    Are the wicks glued in?

    • Dawn Neumeister Dawn Neumeister on Nov 11, 2020

      No. When I did this I just wrapped the wick around a marker and then taped the marker down to the rim of the glass to keep the wick from moving and I didn’t have any issues. If you wanted to glue the base of the wick with a glue of some sort probably like a hot glue gun or maybe E-6000 you could probably do that with no issues. I wouldn’t use Mod Podge or gorilla glue because gorilla glue expands and I can’t say with certainty that Mod Podge would be strong enough to hold it in place.

    • Kerri Kerri on Jan 30, 2021

      There is a product called sticky wicks that you can use--little sticky dots that hold the wicks in place and won't move. Hot glue will come loose when you poor the hot wax in.

  • Keesha Jones Keesha Jones on Apr 17, 2021

    As the candle burns will it be affected any way by the petals? For instance would it start to burn black and have soot if that makes sense? Also any suggestions on other dry flowers to add or use on their own?

    • Dawn Neumeister Dawn Neumeister on Apr 18, 2021

      If the petals are placed far away enough from the wick it shouldn’t be an issue. Adding the petals on the top is completely optional. It has also been suggested by other readers to use fake flowers, but again they would need to be size appropriate and placed away from the wick. Another tip is that using fresh pressed florals will turn brown overtime. So my suggestion is to paint the flowers using watercolor or a thinned acrylic paint or to buy dyed pressed flowers from Etsy or Amazon made specifically for crafts. If you buy the flowers off of an online retailer, they have a wide variety. It really just depends on the look that you’re going for, and to be honest doing it that way it takes all the work out of it, you just have to place the flowers and then pour the wax in. I think it would be cute to do it with daisies or pressed hydrangeas and some baby’s breath. Hope this reply helps.

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