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How to create a floating candle centrepiece

Creating a floating candle centrepiece can add a touch of elegance and ambience to your event or home decor. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you create a beautiful floating candle centrepiece:

Materials You’ll Need:

  1. Glass container or bowl (I’ve used a wider, low-level bowl on this occasion)
  2. Floating candles (if you can’t find floating candles, you can use tealights but in glass or copper tealight holders)
  3. Water
  4. Decorative elements (optional, such as flower petals, stones, or marbles – I’ve used just flowers today)
  5. Scissors
  6. Matches or a lighter

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Choose a Container: Select a glass container or bowl that suits the style of your event or decor. Make sure it’s wide and deep enough to hold water and accommodate the floating candles. For larger arrangements, use a wide bowl as I have used. You can opt for taller, more narrow containers, which can be displayed in a group – I’ll share that another day.
  2. Prepare the Container: Clean the container thoroughly to remove any dirt or residue, especially if it’s glass. Fill the container about two-thirds full with water. You can use plain water or add a few drops of food colouring to match your theme, but I often think plain looks best.
  3. Add Decorative Elements (Optional): If you want to enhance the visual appeal, you can add decorative elements like flower petals, glass beads, stones, or marbles to the water. These items will float alongside the candles, creating an attractive display. I’ve used complete flower heads for today’s display; tip – cut the flower head but leave around 2cm (1 inch) of stem attached, to leave some weight and balance to help the flower float nicely – it also helps the flower head last longer, with the stem able to draw up water and flower food. As the bowl isn’t glass and you can’t see through it, there is no point adding anything more such as pebbles or marbles. Less is more anyway.
  4. Trim the Wicks: Trim the wicks of the floating candles to about half an inch. This will ensure a stable flame and prevent excessive soot.
  5. Place the Floating Candles: Gently place the trimmed floating candles onto the water’s surface. They should rest flat and stay afloat.
  6. Arrange the Decorations: If you’ve added decorative elements to the water, arrange them around the floating candles to create a visually pleasing arrangement as I have in this arrangement. Don’t worry about being to precise, the natural look is what you are aiming for.
  7. Light the Candles: Use matches or a lighter to carefully light the wicks of the floating candles. Make sure you don’t accidentally touch the flame to the water.
  8. Safety Precautions: Never leave a burning candle unattended. Keep the centrepiece away from flammable materials.
  9. Enjoy! Once the candles are lit, sit back and enjoy the calming and enchanting ambience they create.
  10. Extinguish the Candles: When you’re done enjoying the centrepiece, use a candle snuffer or gently blow out the candles. Be careful not to splash water onto the candles when extinguishing them (wax and water don’t mix).

Floating candle centrepieces are versatile and can be customised to fit various occasions and themes. Whether it’s for a wedding, dinner party, or simply to add a touch of elegance to your home, these centrepieces can create a beautiful and serene atmosphere.

with love janis