How to Make Floating Candles With Vegetable Oil

Updated November 21, 2016

Floating candles set the mood for a romantic night. They can also be used for beautiful centrepieces for weddings or other formal events. Wax floating candles are more traditional, but vegetable oil candles are easier to make. Candles made with oil can be reused and are cheaper than wax candles. There are a few things to keep in mind if you would like to make floating candles with vegetable oil.

Purchase a plastic floating device for the base of the floating candle. Floats come in a variety of shapes and sizes at sites such as or at your local craft store. You should also purchase candle wick to place in the centre of the floats.

Decorate the glass or other container the candles will reside in. You can place rocks or gems in the bottom of the glass and fill it with fake flowers. Use hot glue to anchor any of the arrangements into place.

Fill the container with water. You may add food colouring if you want to change the appearance of the water. Pour the vegetable oil into the water. The oil will stay on top of the water. The depth of the oil should be 1/2 to 1 inch.

Set the float into the container. Allow the oil to fill the float and soak into the wick. Light the candle.

Blow out the candle when the event is over. Once the wick is completely burnt, you can insert a new piece and reuse the candle.

Things You'll Need

  • Container for water
  • Floating discs
  • Wick
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