I've been totally in love with Glassybaby candle holders for months now, but I can't bring myself to spend $40 on a small votive. So when I came across CandleTech's DIY for making water balloon luminaries with very much the same shape simply out of paraffin wax, I knew I'd found an affordable alternative. All you'll need for this project is high-melt paraffin wax, water balloons, a piece of paper, a double boiler, a cookie sheet, and perhaps a candy thermometer. To learn the steps,
Here's how, from CandleTech:
- Fill the balloon with lukewarm water.
- Melt your wax on the double boiler, keeping the temperature around 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Use the candy thermometer if necessary to keep track of the temperature.
- Dip the balloon into the wax just below the water level, holding it for a few seconds.
- Lift it out of the wax and repeat several times, letting it dry for a few seconds in between.
- Lay the paper on the cookie sheet. Then press the balloon while it's still warm on the paper to create a flat base.
- Continue to dip the balloon in the wax until it is about 1/4" or 1/2" thick.
- Let the balloon cool completely.
- Take a knife, fork, or skewer are carefully pop the balloon over the sink.
- Pull out and toss the pieces of balloon.
- Warm up your cookie sheet.
- Then, flatten the top of the candle holder but pressing it onto the warm cookie sheet until it's level.
- Set a tea light inside, and light away!