Make Floating Acorn Candles from all of those acorns cluttering up your yard! These adorable candles look so cute floating in a bowl of water.
I am still loving the acorns in my yard and had to come up with another acorn project (and I’m sorry but there might be more to come) I was looking at my candle supplies and the acorn caps and remember seeing a post about mini candles made in bottle caps.
I thought that these acorns would look great as candles but I wasn’t sure how because they are not flat on the bottom. Then, I came across floating acorn candles on esty and I thought, “Why didn’t I think of that?”
I poked the acorn caps into a large piece of styrofoam to keep them in place while pouring in the hot wax.
I placed a chunk of wax on a spoon and melted it over a flame.
Then, I poured the wax in the acorn caps and held the wick in place until the wax hardened and the wick stayed. I added green candle tint to 2 of the caps and yellow to the other 2. After the wax has hardened, trim the wick.
They cannot be burned like this because they are not sitting flat plus I’m not sure if the acorn cap would burn.
So, put them in a pretty bowl of water and let them float! I did not burn any of these yet but I do not think they will burn long because of how small they are.
An update…this morning, I added more wax to each acorn candle so that they were completely full. The wax settled into a cup shape overnight.
Then, I put one burning and timed it. The candle burned for 14 minutes but I am sure that completely depends on the size of the candle.
Does the wax leak out of the candles as they burn?
Thank you so much,
Lydia Engle says
This sounds so cool! I am defiantly going to try this when we have acorns in season! 🙂
Thank you so much for posting this 🙂
Thank you, Lydia! I can see that it is going to be a great year for acorns at my house!
Where do you buy the wicks?
And How long do they normally burn?
Thank you so much!
I think I got the wicks as part of a candle making set I bought secondhand, but they are available on Amazon http://amzn.to/1NI1f1f (affiliate link). The ones that I made burned about 14 minutes. Best of luck! ~Tonia
1 – Did you use the wicks with the metal disk on the bottom, or did you just use a piece if wick?
2 – I can’t imagine sitting there holing them all until they harden. How long did that take?
I used the wicks with the metal disks. The ones I used are in the second photo. I don’t remember how long it took for the wax to harden (I made these acorn candles in 2011) but it only has to harden enough for the wick to stay in place, not completely harden. Best of luck! ~Tonia
Just suggestion..but DON’T use such a big wick next time..that is why they burn SO quickly..the bigger the wick, the hotter the flame and the faster they burn out!
Ahhh…thanks for the tip, Linda! I had no idea that was why!
I’ve made some this year … Did you have a problem with your acorn caps catching fire as the wax burns? It made for an exciting dinner : )
Tonia L says
Oh my! No that didn’t happen but yikes! Good thing they were floating in water!!
Here’s pictures of my candles with a link to your tutorial.
Tonia L says
They look great Christina!
These are adorable! I wish we had acorns here cause they would be getting made now! Thanks for posting!
Just pinned this to my DIY Crafts pinn board! What a great idea!
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The Answer Is Chocolate says
Never ever EVER would have thought to make candles out of these. They turned out so great and I can just see these on a Thanksgiving table. So lovely.