Yes, you can add dried flowers to candles. Just make sure the dried flowers/herbs don’t come in contact with the candlewick/open flame.
Adding dried flowers to candles is a great way to make them prettier. Experienced candle makers can mold the candle so that the flowers appear on the sides of the candle.
You need to be skilled to add dried flowers to candles. You can’t just sprinkle dried flowers/herbs on top of the candle, it’ll lead to fire hazards.
Are dried flowers in candles safe?
Yes, you can add dried flowers to candles safely. One just needs to know how to put them away from the candle wick until it’s fully burned.
Add flowers to the candle so that they are visible from the sides. The dried flowers need to touch the lateral surface of the container, for them to be visible.
As the candle maker, it is your job to ensure the dried flowers don’t come in contact with the candlewick/open flame.
Is it safe to put dried herbs in candles?
Yes, it is safe to put dried herbs in candles. Dried herbs add a natural fragrance to the candle. Don’t add large pieces of herbs to candle wax. Grind the herbs if possible.
The herbs not only give fragrance but also texture to your candles. Place the dried herbs away from the candlewick for safety purposes.
Rosemary, Lavender, Thyme, Mint, Hyssop, Bergamot, Savory, and Germander are some herbs that can be added to candles without a second thought.
Can you put dried Roses in the Candles?
Yes, you can put dried roses in the candles. Dip your flower petals into the wax and stick them to the sides of the container.
This is a great way to keep the dried rose petals away from the wick. Cut the rose petals into small pieces to avoid any fire hazards.
Can you put dried Lavender in the Candles?
Yes, you can put dried Lavender in the candles. Make sure you put the Lavender petals away from the candlewick and near the container’s wall to prevent fire hazards.
If you want the true fragrance of Lavender, add the essential oil to the wax when making the candle. Watch the video below for a detailed explanation.
Can you put dried flowers in soy candles?
Yes, you can put dried flowers in soy candles. Soy wax is natural, so you can create a candle that’s safe for the masses.
The dried flowers may not be visible through the soy wax. You may add some paraffin wax to the candle to make the flowers visible.
You can also add paraffin wax as the second pour. By doing this, you can ensure the majority part of the candle is natural and the dried flowers are visible.
How do you add dried flowers to Candles?
Adding dried flowers to candles needs some skill. There’s a specific way to do this. If you aren’t careful, the candle might cause some hazards.
Adding dried flowers on top of the candles is a recipe for disaster, literally! Let’s see what you need to add dried flowers to candles.
- Wax – Use soy wax or beeswax.
- Cotton Candle Wick – Make sure it’s somewhat longer than the container.
- Dried Lavender flowers
- A Glass Jar or Container
- A Pencil – We’ll use this to set the wick in place.
- A Wooden Skewer
- Lavender oil
- Melt the wax. You can use a double boiler to melt the wax. You can also melt it by placing a pan in another pan of water. Simmer on low until the wax melts completely.
- Add the dried flowers to the container. Dip the flower petals in some molten wax and stick it to the container. Press each petal to the container for a few seconds to adhere the petals to it.
- Pour the wax. Pour the molten wax slowly into the container.
- Place the wick in the middle of the container. Add a few drops of Lavender oil to the container. Add essential oils only after the wax has cooled.
- Adjust the wick using the pencil. Make sure it is placed well along the length of the container. Wrap the excess wick that is on the top around the pencil to prevent it from sinking into the wax.
- Keep the container aside and let the wax cool.
So, that’s how you make candles and decorate ’em with dried flowers/herbs. There a couple of ways to stick dried flowers to candles, let’s discuss them.
How do you get dried flowers to stick to candles?
Below are a few instructions to stick dried flowers to candles. Essentially, you need to keep the dried flowers away from the candlewick, but visible.
- If you want to stick to a pillar candle, take a steel spoon and heat it. Stick the dried flower to this spoon and press it against the side of the candle.
- To make a container candle, take a candle that’s slightly smaller than the container. Slip the dried flowers into the gap between the candle and the container.
- You then need to pour the wax into this gap. If you don’t like paraffin wax, use soy wax for the first pour and paraffin for the second.
Place the dried flowers close to the walls of the container. If you want the dried flowers to be visible clearly, use paraffin wax. It’s translucent.
You can also use a mixture of paraffin wax and beeswax/soy wax. I’d use dried flowers just for decor purposes as it smells awful when burned.
Use a wide jar to keep the dried flowers away from the candlewick. You can place a smaller candle inside a container, stick the dried flowers to the walls of the container, and pour wax.
By doing this, you can make sure that the dried flowers are only near the walls of the container.
Happy Molding 🙂