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Floating Candle Centerpieces

By Edited Jan 16, 2014 0 0

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What are floating candle centerpieces?

Floating candle centerpieces can be one of the most elegant candle table decorations you can buy. Although it may seem like something as complex as floating candles would be expensive to purchase, in fact, you can make a floating candle centerpiece with many of the items you already have at home. Before diving in making your own floating candle centerpiece, let’s try to understand why they are growing so much in popularity.

The primary reason why floating candles are so appealing is because of the depth that is added to the centerpiece. A single burning candle has been the table decoration of choice for romantic evenings because of the dynamic light it provides, the subtle movements, and it’s shimmer. When you add an over-sized glass bowl, water, flower petals and marbles or water beads, it makes the piece shimmer in every direction due to the light of the candle reflecting off of the bowl, into the water, and through the glass beads. Your eyes can’t comprehend the magnificent spectacle as candle light meets water.

How to make a floating candle centerpiece:

Now that we know the reasons why floating candle decorations are so alluring, you are more prepared to make your own candle table decoration. The process is quite simple, and you are only limited by your imagination. When making your centerpiece, keep in mind the purpose it is going to serve. If it is a Christmas centerpiece use a winter holiday color pallet. If it is a romantic Valentine’s Day centerpiece find heart shaped candles, and decorate with rose pedals. For wedding reception floating candle centerpieces, keep it simple and elegant using your colors for the candles, decorating with petals similar to your bridesmaids flowers.

There are 4 steps to making your own floating candle centerpiece:

Glass Bowl
Step 1 - Pick a bowl or vase
The shape and size you choose for your centerpiece bowl is entirely up to you. Bulb vase and trifle bowls are the most popular, however don’t let that limit your imagination. A beautiful floating candle decoration can be made with anything you already have at home, and can be as small as a martini glass.

Floating Candle
Step 2 - Choose a floating candle
Floating candles are inexpensive and easy to find. The biggest selection of floating candles can be found online on authority websites like Amazon.com, however it is possible to locate them at home decor stores. (It is also possible to make your own floating candles, however the cost of buying the wax and mould is usually more expensive than purchasing pre-made)

This step is where you can find candles that fit in with the theme of your decor. If you want a romantic centerpiece choose candles shaped like roses or orchids. If you are making a wedding floating candle centerpiece plain white candles keep attention on the surrounding decorations where you can use more creativity.

Step 3 - Adding additional elements
This is where you can really use your creativity to create a candle table decoration that is completely your own. When adding elements to your creation, be sure you choose a variety of two kinds of decoration- floating and sinking.

Floating decorations
Choose elegant elements to float beside your candles in your centerpiece. The most popular items include flower petals, sliced fruit like oranges or grapefruit, or hollow glass beads. Don’t let anything stop you from testing different items to see if they float. Anything that stays on the top of the water can be used to accent your floating candles.

Water Beads
Sinking decorations
Since we know reflection and depth are what make floating candle centerpieces so appealing, we need to choose items to go into the bottom of our bowl or glass to add more detail to our table decoration. Anything that sinks can be used but there is one guideline- The best bottom decorations are clear, or translucent. Because we are looking to achieve reflection, we want to make sure light passes through our bottom items. Don’t let that stop you from trying something new, but it is just a rule of thumb. Some of the most popular bottom decorations are clear marbles, water beads, plastic gems, and sparkling rocks.

Step 4 - Assemble your floating candle centerpiece
Putting everything together is easier than may think. To assemble your candle table decoration, start by placing all of your sinking decorations into the bowl or vase. Then add water. Finally add your candles and floating items to the surface of the water in any order that pleases you.

Finally, light your candles and enjoy your new floating candle centerpiece.

Bonus Tip #1: Add food coloring to your water to make your candle table decoration even more unique.

Bonus Tip #2: Place a small mirror under the glass bowl or vase to add even more depth and reflection to your new centerpiece. Sprinkle flower petals around the bowl and mirror to extend the decoration beyond the bowl.
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