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DIY Floating Water Candles Without Wax (Christmas Decoration)

Neha Sadana loves the Christmas season and enjoys making homemade decorations for Celebrations!

Beautiful Homemade Decoration

Beautiful Homemade Decoration

Make your own decoration piece for your Christmas or New Year's celebration: It will be far more satisfying and joyful than any store-bought item. These homemade DIY water candles will brighten your home and your heart too! I love to brighten every corner of my home with candles, and floating candles are my favorite. When you make them at home, it will be a sincere expression of your affection for your loved ones and for the holiday.

DIY decorations are not only fun for you to make, but you can involve your children and other family members, too. Crafting is a great family activity. The quality time you spend together and all the moments of joy will improve your connection and increase the love and affection between you all—and this is what Christmas all about!

How to Make Candles Without Wax

Water candles can be very easily made at home in few minutes. You can change a plain bowl into a beautiful centerpiece in no time. These floating flames are really elegant and will be a center of attraction.

The first step to making a water candle at home is to gather all the ingredients. You do not have to buy anything from the store if you follow the steps below.

Materials You'll Need:

  • Water
  • Glass mason jar or bowl
  • Vegetable oil
  • Cotton for a wick
  • Piece of plastic sheet
  • Small decorative items (pebbles, beads, fresh flowers, artificial grass, flowers, crystals or any glittery stones)

Step 1: Put the Decorative Items in the Jar

Take a bowl or glass of your choice. I am using a mason jar, a honey jar and a glass. Water candles looks lovely in groups and make a great centerpiece when arranged in any corner.

Now, add the decorative items at the bottom. You can add any of the tiny decorative things that you love to gaze all the time.

Add decoration of your choice

Add decoration of your choice

Step 2: Add Water for the First Layer

Add water to the glass or bowl. Fill it about three quarters full of water. Keep one quarter of the glass empty so that the water candle can float easily.

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Step 3: Add Oil to Make the Second Layer

Add one layer of oil above the water. Any type of vegetable oil will burn well. You can add olive oil, sunflower oil or any other of your choice. I always add 2 tablespoons of any refined vegetable oil for my floating water candles as they are odorless and transparent too!

Adding oil

Adding oil

Step 4: Make Homemade DIY Cotton Wicks

Cotton wicks catch fire easily and are easier to light with a match. All you need is cotton string. Twist tightly the cotton string with your hands in one direction. I used to make only toothpick-shape cotton wicks as they work pretty well in water floating candles. Keep in mind while rolling cotton that you have to make a toothpick-like shape. Rub few drops of water on your palm for an easy twist. The length of your cotton wick can be anywhere between 1 to 3 inches.

Ready Cotton wick

Ready Cotton wick

Step 5: Secure the Cotton Wick With Plastic

When your cotton wick is ready, you have to make a disc that will make cotton wick float without falling into the oil. Take a thin plastic transparent sheet and cut a square or circular shape in it. Make a cut in the center (with the help of some scissors) to insert the cotton wick. Once you place the wick in the sheet, cut the bottom part as it need to be short.

Sheet for wick

Sheet for wick

Insert the wick in the sheet this way

Insert the wick in the sheet this way

Cut the bottom part

Cut the bottom part

Step 6: Place the Candle Wick in the Water

The last step is to put the sheet with cotton wick on the top of the water gently, ensuring dryness before lighting. It would be great if you arrange your candles before lighting them. Place them on center tables, floor corners, or outdoors. Light them up to brighten the surroundings!

Water Candles ready to lit

Water Candles ready to lit

Pinch the burnt wick to use the candle again

Pinch the burnt wick to use the candle again

© 2021 Neha Sadana