Ideas for Floating Candle Decorations

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Ideas for Floating Candle Decorations
Floating candles can be added to nearly any body of water as an element of decoration. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Floating candles are a great way to incorporate the glow and ambience of candles into your decor. Floating candles simply float atop water and can be used for special occasions or added to the everyday decor in your home. Floating candles can be used inside or outside, and many candle manufacturers create floating candles in nearly every shape and colour. There are several ways to add floating candles to your decor that can help you achieve the look you want.

Vases and Bowls

Vases and bowls are one of the most common methods of floating candles in water indoors. Vases and bowls can be used as centrepieces on a table or just as decorative elements to place around a room. Fill your vase or clear bowl 80 per cent full with clean, distilled water, so it looks crystal clear. Add rocks, glass marbles or food colouring to the vase to make it more dynamic or help the vase match the decor of your room. Once everything is in place, set your floating candle in the water, and then use a long matchstick or lighter to safely light the candle without burning your hand.


Adding floating candles to a birdbath is a great way to add a little extra decoration to an outdoor party or add an element of whimsy to your home garden. Fill your birdbath halfway with water, and place your floating candles on top. Use fun shapes and bright colours to really bring your birdbath to life so your candles stand out while outside. Try to use themed candles if you are having a holiday get together. For example, if you are hosting a Fourth of July cookout, pick star-shaped floating candles in red, white and blue. You can also add extra elements to your birdbath to tie your decor together by wrapping ribbon or flowers around the base of your birdbath.

Pools and Ponds

If you have an outdoor pool or pond, decorate your water feature with large floating candles. This is a great way to use larger floating candles and incorporate other floating elements such as decorative floating balls. If you are having an outdoor party where you won't be swimming in your pool, place candles directly on top of the water, however if you plan on using the pool later on in the evening, this may not be a good idea, as wax can drip into the pool and it may take a few hours for your pool's filter to clear out the wax. If you're adding floating candles to the pond, you can try to incorporate natural elements such as lily pad or flower-shaped floating candles.

Pitchers and Glasses

Adding floating candles to glass pitchers and drinking glasses is a unique way to incorporate floating candles into unsuspecting containers. Pitchers and drinking glasses, such as margarita or wine glasses, can be left on tables with floating candles in normal place settings, or arranged in the middle of a table as a centrepiece. Add slices of lemon to the pitcher or glasses to make them look like a refreshing summer drink, or use juice instead of water. Look for bright, fruit-shaped candles to tie the look together, you may need to use small floating candles or cut down your floating candles with a serrated knife so they fit in your glasses.

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