Wow your guests with this easy to create show stopping floating floral candle centerpiece.

In 20 minutes or less you can create a stunning floral arrangement for any season of the year.

Snip flower buds from your own gardens or purchase a few inexpensive bundles at the grocery store.

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3 small unscented votives (I used old ones that I had already burned)

tweezers or tongs

flower buds (pansies, sunflowers, roses, carnations, mums, daisies, zinnias, etc)

Cool water

parchment paper



a small pot filled with about 3 inches of water

Sunflower oil

a shallow bowl

cotton and cork floating wicks


  1. Shape the foil into a small boat or container to fit on top of the small pot with water.
  2. Remove the metal piece from the bottom of your votives and place in the foil boat.
  3. Turn the water on and allow the heat to melt the wax into liquid form.
  4. Snip the flowers so that you are only working with the flower bloom (no stem)
  5. Once the wax has melted, using tweezers, dip the bottom of the flower in the wax.
  6. Cover the bottom of the bloom in wax, but do not submerge the entire flower.
  7. Remove the flower and flip it over face down to dry on the parchment paper.
  8. Fill your shallow container with water approximately 1/2 to 2/3 full. I recommend you fill the bowl after you have placed it where you want to show it off.
  9. Then, top the cool water with 1 inch of sunflower oil. The amount you use will depend on the size of your container. I used approximately 25 ounces in my copper bowl. You will be able to see how much oil you have poured by looking at the sides of the bowl. The oil will remain on top and is easily identifiable from the water.
  10. Next, place your flowers in the shallow container.
  11. Place the cotton wicks around the floating` flowers.
  12. Light the wicks and ENJOY your gorgeous floating floral candle centerpiece!

Photos of Process

the pot of water for the foil boat to sit on and melt wax - J Dub By Design™
Make a foil boat to sit on top of a small pot of water.
placing votives in a foil boat over a pot of hot water - J Dub By Design™
Remove the metal disc from the bottom of small unscented votives and place in the boat.
melting wax in a foil boat over a pot of water to dip flowers - J Dub By Design™
Melt the wax on low heat and gather your flower blooms.
Jennifer Williams dipping mums in wax and flipping over to dry - J Dub By Design™
Dip the base of the flower in the wax to cover the bottom. Do not submerge the entire flower.

florals have been dipped in wax and are drying face down - J Dub By Design™
Place flowers face down on parchment paper to allow them to dry.
pouring water into a copper bowl to make an arrangement. - J Dub By Design™
Fill your shallow bowl with cool water.
sunflower oil to be used in floating flower centerpiece - J Dub By Design™
Add 1 inch of sunflower oil to the water.
placing flowers in water and oil to float in a centerpiece - J Dub By Design™
Place your flowers in the bowl.
floating cotton and cork wicks to be placed in flower centerpiece - J Dub By Design™
Place the floating wicks around the flowers.
lighting the floating wicks in the floating flower centerpiece _ J Dub By Design™
Light the candles when you are ready to display your arrangement.


  1. Never leave this arrangement unattended.
  2. Do not use any type of petroleum based oil. Use only sunflower or corn oil.
  3. I have made this arrangement several times. The flowers have remained floating for 5 hours and could last longer.
  4. Place the bowl where you want to display it before putting the arrangement together.
  5. Waxed flowers will keep fresh several days in the refrigerator before you are ready to use them.

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