Free Craft Project

Floating Tea Light Candles

Even if you've never made your own candles before, these floating tea light candles are the perfect project. They're not only easy to create, they make terrific gifts for friends and family. And once you finish your first batch you'll probably have some custom ideas of your own.

This project was submitted by Raji from Raji's Craft Hobby. Make sure you check out all his other great craft projects.


  • paraffin wax for candles
  • candle wicks
  • toothpicks
  • mini mason jars
  • mini paper cupcake or muffin liners
  • glitter
  • scented oil (optional)
  • double boiler or 2 metal pans (for melting wax)
  • container for floating candle


Melt wax using either a double boiler or two metal pans. The wax goes in the top pan and water goes in the bottom pan. Make certain you keep the burner on a very low setting. This will allow your wax to melt slowly and not burn up.

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Add wicks to your tea candle containers. You can use glue or just dip the metal tab of the wick into the melted wax and then quickly position it on the center bottom of a container. Hold it in place long enough for the wick to stay secure.

Once the wax is totally melted, you can add glitter and scented oil.

Carefully pour the wax into the containers.

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After you pour the hot wax, you'll need to use toothpicks in order to keep the wicks upright.

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Allow the wax to completely cool.

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If the center has sunk in after the wax cools down, simply pour just enough melted wax to fill up the gap. Trim the wick if necessary.

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Now your candles are ready to be floated in a container filled with water and then lighted. For a more exotic feel, you can even surround the floating tea light with flower petals (like Raji did).

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