Waldorf Crafts : Floating Candles

When I was around three years old I visited a friend of mine who would later go to a Waldorf school.
When we were starting to get a bit bored her mother suggested we’d have a bath together.
Of course we loved the idea, and when my friend asked her mother for some candles to go in the bath I remember being surprised.
This was the first time I had a bath surrounded by the wonderful,warm glow of floating candles, and ever since I have absolutely loved it.
Now,many years later, my little ones love it just as much, so we make floating candles quite regularly.
Today I would like to share this tradition of ours with you.

Swimming Candles


You will need:

Leftover wax or beeswax
Two metal pots
Embroidery floss
Cookie cutters
Aluminium foil


Put your wax into a small saucepan.
Fill a larger saucepan with boiling water and place the smaller one on top. The wax will begin to melt.
Once all the wax has melted dip the embroidery floss into it about 4 times, each time letting it cool down for about twenty seconds. (This is your wick.)
Now place the cookie cutters onto a sheet of aluminium foil and pour the melted wax into them so they are half full.
Carefully put your embroidery floss wick into the middle of the cookie cutter and hold it in place for about a minute.


You can then hold it in place with scissors or a clothespin. Let your candle harden completely, this will take about ten minutes in the fridge or slightly longer at room temperature.


Trim the wick, gently remove the candle from the cookie cutter, put your it into a bowl full of water and enjoy,


or make many and have a magical,relaxing bath!


Love & Light.

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3 Responses to Waldorf Crafts : Floating Candles

  1. Lydia says:

    I love this idea!(Can’t wait to try this!)

  2. Olivia says:

    I made these a couple of months ago with my little sister. I added crayon shavings to the wax to make them colourful and they looked amazing!

    Oh, and I hope you don’t mind that I shared these on Pinterest – they’re just so beautiful! Feel free to ask me to remove them if you’d rather your image wasn’t used. http://pinterest.com/oliviarueb/stuff-i-want-to-make/

  3. Willow says:

    Lovely – this would make any bathtime extra special – would be lovely for the night before a birthday or special occasion.