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I’ve seen candles with pressed flowers, and have always wondered how I could cheat making them. By that, I mean, not having to dip candles and make them from scratch myself. Yes, I know I could (and I should actually try to DIY right?), but I wanted an easy way out. Here’s the quick “cheat” method!
I Try DIY | Pressed Flowers on Candles


Here I got my mom to show us how to do it, the easy “cheat” way. Apart from buying a candle, there’s something else you need to do. You’ll need to have a stash of pressed flowers beforehand! (Get the digital download of our Pressed Flowers mini zine from iBooks, Etsy and the I TRY DIY Shop.) If that’s all squared away, then the real first step is to lay out your flowers.

I Try DIY | Pressed Flowers on Candles
Next, light a candle. I know, I know. The irony! If you don’t have an extra candle, a lighter will work just as well.

I Try DIY | Pressed Flowers on Candles
Heat an old spoon over the candle. You’ll need it to get warm enough to melt the wax of the candle.

I Try DIY | Pressed Flowers on Candles
Working with thin pieces like this fern is easy. Place the foliage on the candle, and smoothly glide the wrong side of the spoon over it.

I Try DIY | Pressed Flowers on Candles
The wax will melt over and coat the piece. Keep adding your pressed pieces.

I Try DIY | Pressed Flowers on Candles
If your spoon starts getting ashy, make sure to wipe it clean with a paper towel so the ash doesn’t transfer to your candle.

I Try DIY | Pressed Flowers on Candles
For bigger pieces like leaves, you will need to melt the wax under the pressed piece. It’s like gluing it down before doing a wax coat over it.

I Try DIY | Pressed Flowers on Candles
Smoothen any and all loose ends over to keep the flowers and foliage in place.

I Try DIY | Pressed Flowers on Candles

Here’s a quick video we made documenting the whole process. Enjoy!

Happy Crafting!

mikkomix

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