- July 6, 2008 at 8:47 pm #259491
Since we’ve been talking about making your own Christmas gifts, I was
searching the interenet & came across flower pressed candles. Seeing
that we’re in flower season, I thought this would be perfect to make
with the kids. We’re going to make a bunch of these for teachers at
school, my husbands staff at work and relatives.
Tools and Materials
* Microwave flower press (Available at Lee Valley Tools, $29.95 –
* Natural coloured beeswax, either sheets or chunks (available at
White Rose and other craft stores)
* Tin pie plate for melting beeswax
* Fresh flowers, pine needles, cedar, rosehips, or leaves
* Big candles (at least 4″ in diameter)
* 1/2-inch art paintbrush
The key item you need for this project is the microwave flower press,
a kiln-fired pair of terra cotta slabs measuring 6″ x 6″. This
remarkable unit presses flowers in less than two minutes (instead of
the three weeks it takes in a traditional press) and preserves the
1. Put on some Christmas music and pour yourself a libation.
2. Count on making a mess. Arrange newspapers and paper towels on
the kitchen counter to catch waxy drips.
3. Melt beeswax in a tin pie plate. The reason I use beeswax and
not paraffin is that it’s more stretchy and gooey, so it makes a nice
flexible seal for the flowers. Paraffin tends to chip, crack and
crumble when used as an appliqué medium.
4. Start pressing flowers. Roses take about two minutes.
delicate flowers or leaves may take only one minute.
5. Dip your paintbrush into the melted beeswax and dab it all over
the back of a pressed flower. While the wax is still hot, press the
flower onto the surface of the candle. Then paint lots more melted
wax over the surface of the flower so it’s preserved under a layer of
6. Add more flowers to the candle surface. When you’ve finished
covering the candle with flowers, paint over any blank spots with
more beeswax so the whole candle is the same texture and colour.
7. If you’re making the candle for a guy, use screws, nuts and
bolts instead of flowers and he’ll have his own workshop candle for
If the flower-pressing thing doesn’t grab you, try carving designs on
the surface of candles using a chip carving knife or traditional v-
tool, available at craft stores or Lee Valley Tools. Carving wax is
way easier than carving wood, so it’s a great project for beginner
carvers. You can carve geometric patterns, or your company logo
(urf!) or wavy, curly ivy vines. Then if you’re really hot-dogging,
use a contrasting colour of beeswax to paint in the lines you’ve
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