DIY Wedding Centerpieces: How to Use Floating Candles for Romantic Decor

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DIY Wedding Centerpieces: How to Use Floating Candles for Romantic Decor

Incorporating Floating Candles

When it comes to creating a captivating ambiance at your DIY wedding, incorporating floating candles into your centerpieces can elevate the romantic atmosphere. These ethereal decorations add a touch of elegance and charm, making them an ideal choice for a dreamy and intimate celebration. By utilizing floating candles, you can effortlessly infuse your wedding decor with a warm and enchanting glow that will leave a lasting impression on your guests.

Tip: Floating candles are a versatile and budget-friendly option for adding a magical allure to your wedding decor.

What Is A Floating Candle?

You may put random decorative items into water for best effect. As the name would suggust, the candle itself is specially crafted with a wide base and a flat top. This special design allow the candle to floating in water. The candle would set still in water without tipping over or sinking. 

You may wonder why? Floating Candles are usually made of paraffin or soy wax. Both wax type are less dense than water. Therefore, as a result, candles would float in water. Floating candles are tipically used in wedding reception tables to further enhance the romantic mood

Floating Candle are often seen in yoga clubs, spas and other relaxation spaces. Inside a transparent bowl, vase, we can decorate the container with glass beads or small snail shells, and sea shells. 

Choosing the Right Containers

When selecting containers for your floating candle centerpieces, it's essential to consider the theme and style of your wedding. The containers should harmonize with the overall aesthetic, whether it's a rustic outdoor affair or an elegant indoor event. Opt for vessels that reflect the ambiance you wish to create and ensure they are stable enough to hold water for the floating candles.

It's also crucial to pay attention to the size and shape of the containers. Choosing vessels of varying sizes and shapes adds visual interest to your table decorations, creating a captivating focal point. However, it's important to ensure that the size of the containers complements the table setting without obstructing guests' views. By carefully considering these factors, you can select containers that enhance the beauty of your centerpieces while seamlessly integrating with your wedding decor.

Creating a Romantic Ambiance

When setting the stage for a romantic ambiance at your wedding, the choice of candles plays a pivotal role in creating an intimate atmosphere and heartfelt mood. Here are some essential considerations to ensure you achieve the perfect candlelit decor:

Choosing the Right Candles

  • Opt for unscented floating candles to avoid clashing with the aroma of food at the reception. Unscented candles allow the natural fragrances of your wedding cuisine and floral arrangements to shine without interference, contributing to a seamless sensory experience for your guests.

  • Consider using LED floating candles as a safer alternative, especially if the venue has restrictions on open flames. LED candles provide a worry-free option while still delivering the enchanting glow and ambience associated with traditional floating candles.

Enhancing with Floral Elements

  • Incorporating flowers that complement the color scheme of your wedding can add an extra touch of elegance to your centerpieces. The subtle addition of floral elements enhances the romantic ambiance, infusing natural beauty into your decor.

  • Ensure that the floral elements do not overcrowd the containers or compete with the floating candles. Striking a balance between floral accents and candlelight is essential to maintain an enchanting and visually appealing centerpiece display.

By carefully selecting the right candles and integrating floral elements thoughtfully, you can achieve a captivating and romantic ambiance that sets the tone for an unforgettable celebration.

How To Use Floating Candles?

When selecting the proper container to hold your floating candles, you want to use a non-flammable bowl, vase, or other vessel designed for holding floating candles. You want to keep an eye to check for heat resistant properties of the container. Use water. Fill your vessel with water, leaving 1-2 inches from the top. This anchors the candles while disperse heat released from the candle. What is another added bonus? Floating candles are made from eco-friendly organic , non-toxic soy wax, which means they are very environmental friendly choice. 

Please keep in mind floating candle can go anywere there is water. For example, even in your bath tub if you are trying to create a more relaxing vibe. 

Water Level and Stability

  • Maintain the water level in the containers to ensure the candles float properly and do not extinguish prematurely. Adequate water levels will also prevent damage to the containers due to excessive heat.

  • Ensure that the containers are placed on stable surfaces to prevent accidents or spills. This will minimize the risk of any mishaps during your wedding celebration, allowing you and your guests to enjoy the romantic atmosphere without worry.

Monitoring Throughout the Event

  • It's important to assign someone to monitor the candles and containers throughout the event. This individual can address any issues promptly, such as refilling water or adjusting candle placement if needed.

  • Have a plan in place for safely extinguishing the candles at the end of the celebration. By designating someone responsible for this task, you can ensure that all candles are properly extinguished, contributing to a safe conclusion of your special day.

By adhering to these safety tips and keeping an eye on water levels and stability throughout your event, you can create a stunning yet secure environment for your DIY wedding centerpieces.

Achieving the Perfect Candlelit Decor

By implementing these expert tips, you can effortlessly create the ideal candlelit decor for your unique DIY wedding. The ethereal glow of floating candles combined with carefully chosen containers and floral accents will set the stage for a truly romantic and enchanting atmosphere. With these considerations in mind, your wedding centerpieces will exude elegance and charm, leaving a lasting impression on all who attend.

What Are Some Creative Ways to Decorate Or Display Floating Candles?

Fruity punch is a great way to add a splash of color to your home or office during the summer months. Use the fruit peels leftovers from your favorite drink to fill a cylindrical vase or round vase with colorful citrus slices, such as lemon, lime, or orange. The vibrant colors will be a sight to behold!

If you’re looking for a fun and easy DIY project to do with your children, this is a great option. Just add a few drops food coloring to the water and you’ll have a beautiful backdrop for your candles to shine. The dispersed food color will create a ripple effect in the vase. It is very mesmerising to look at from a distance. We will name this floating candle A Colorful Twist.

Wedding Planner: Take your candle decorating to the next level with sensory bliss. Add a few drops of essential oils to the water and let the candles burn, releasing a beautiful aroma as they burn. For a more natural and elegant look, weave thin branches or twigs around the candles. I am certain you should be able to find some branches laying around in your backyard. I once decorated a bridal shop with brandy snifter candles as a base for a unique and elegant display. I also added cranberries to add a splash of color, creating a beautiful visual effect that left a lasting lasting impression.

Floating Candle From Harry Potter DIY Tutorials

For today, we will be making this gorgeous floating candles from harry potter.

Materials Needed:

  • paper towel roll : 10 in total

  • hot glue gun (*This is to imitate wax drippings from top to bottom) I purchase mine from the local dollar store.

  • round circle cardboard paper. 10 in total. We are making 10 candles for today's tutroial.

  • Led Flameless Floating Candles : 10 in total

  • A Long Needle To Poke Through paper Towels

  • White Arcrylic Paint

  • 10 nails to stabolize your LED Flamless floating candles in place

    1. On your paper towel roll, generously apply hot glue, you want to creating the dripping effect for your floating candle. The length of the wax dripping, which is where you apply your glue should be about approximately 3/4. You want to repeat the process about 4 times for each individual candles.

    2. Set the bottom round end with round circlue cardboard paper. You wan to trace out 10 round circle pieces and assemble it to the paper towel.

    3. Gently apply 1 layer of Arcrylic paint on top of the glue dripping. You want this layer of painting to cover the body of the candle completely.

    4. You want to double check that the size of your LED flamless candle fits well with the diameter of your paper towel.

    5. Poke a hole with your long needle where you want to insert your LED flamess floating candles. You can attach some tape on your candle so it is stable and secure.

    6. Hang your floating candles with thread. This step is optional. However, if you want it to be aethetically appealing. You can simply hang it sparingly. You can use leftover old table cloth to make a night galaxy drap for your candle.

This is how your finished project should look like. Ohcans candle hope that you enjoyed our DIY tutorial for day. If you are looking for candle making kits, please check out our Amazon store for budget friendly beginner friendly candle making supplies.


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