Making Wax Dipped Flowers / A Fun and Rewarding Project
For a fun and rewarding project, try making wax dipped flowers to decorate your home. It’s not only is fun and rewarding, it’s not a very difficult project.
To make your process go very smoothly you should gather everything you need and have it ready at hand. With that said we will start by discussing the items that you will need to complete your project. Here is a list of those items:
- A selection of Artificial Flowers of your choice
- Pillar Wax or Votive wax
- Candle Scent
- Candle Dye as an option, if you want to deepen the flower color
- Pouring Pot, of course
- A Candle Thermometer
- UV Stabilizer. (This is an option, but I highly recommend it)
- Newspaper or Aluminum Foil to cover your work area
- Paper Towels for clean up of spills
- A Stir Stick or Metal Spoon
- Double Boiler ( can be home made)
- Cookie Sheet
- Cooking Spray
- Cookie Cutter
Now Let’s Discuss The Step By Step Process On Making Your Own Wax Dipped Flowers
This is an easy and fun project that can be easily suited to all the different holidays just by using different flowers. Start by covering your work area with newspaper or aluminum foil. Drips and spills seem to always happen. So be prepared. You don’t want to have to clean wax off your work area.
Place your pouring pot in to the pan of water I recommend adding an inexpensive metal cookie cutter under the Pouring Pot to raise it. By doing this you will be sure that the wax will not be exposed to direct heat. Adjust your heat source to a medium low setting. Your water needs to boil, but not to a rolling boil. You do not want the water to spatter out of the pan.
Be sure to check the temperature of the wax often to make sure it isn’t getting too hot. Adjust the temperature as needed by raising or lowering the heat source as needed. Now while the wax is melting, use the cooking spray to coat the cookie sheet. This will allow the wax to release more easily when cooled.
Tip: If you prefer the natural color of the flowers the addition of dye may not be necessary. Dye can be added, but keep in mind it will change the natural appearance of the flowers.
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Adding An Optional UV Stabilizer: If you used a color dye, I recommend that you use an UV Stabilizer to keep the color from fading. Candle wax will fade when exposed to UV Rays or fluorescent light. You will need to add about ½ teaspoon to each pound of wax. Mixing is very important here. Mix it thoroughly for three to five minutes. Don’t hold back here! After mixing check your temperature once more to make sure it is between 175 & 185 degrees F. When temperature is right remove your Pouring Pot from the Double Boiler. Be careful the Pouring Pot handle may be a little hot; you may need to use a pot holder. Set the Pouring Pot on a couple of layers of paper towels to absorb any water on the bottom of the Pot.
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Coating Your Flowers With Wax: Now dip your flower in the melted wax. Be very sure to cover the entire base of the flower. You don’t have to dip the stem. When you remove the flower from the wax, gently shake off any excess wax to ensure that the top of the flower stays smooth while it is cooling.
If the flower has a lot of smaller petals, it may be necessary to separate the petals so they don’t stick together while cooling.
Tip: A wooden cuticle stick (Orange Stick) works very well for this. If you don’t have one, try using a small plastic fork or other such item.
Take caution when transporting or moving your flowers from place to place because even though the petals appear to be hard to the touch, they can crack very easily.
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