Flower Pot Candle Project
By Bob Sherman
pots come in all shapes and sizes and if prepared correctly make great
container candles. They are fairly inexpensive and can be easily decorated
if desired. I want to stress here that they must be prepared correctly
as described below of they may pose a fire hazard.
Many of the items you will need can be ordered directly
from this page for your convenience. The Materials list is at the bottom
of the page.
PLEASE NOTE!! - Candle making can be dangerous if proper
safety procedures are not followed. Please read these Safety
Rules before attempting any candle making projects.
You will also need to know basic candle making skills before
beginning as this article will not be covering them. The basics of candle
making can be learned in our free Introduction
To Candle Making Course
This article will deal primarily with unglazed terra cotta flower pots
- the common clay type. If you are using glazed (inside) or glass pots
the coating steps that follow need not be done. Pots that are glazed outside
only should be treated as unglazed. Do not pots of flammable material
such as plastic or papier mache.
Safety - MUST READ
Terra Cotta clay is porous - it can soak up molten wax. This
presents a fire hazard when burning the candle since the whole pot may
turn into a large wick. This uncontrolled burning is to be avoided at
all costs, due to the fire hazard involved. Fortunately, simply coating
the pot's interior will prevent this. Note that this does not happen with
every uncoated pot - but it only takes one to burn your house down.
My preferred coating method is to give 2 or more coats of Mod-Podge®.
This is a product sold for decoupage and is readily available in most
craft and art supply stores. It can also be used to put a decoupage finish
on the outside of the pot as well if desired. Since the terra cotta is
porous it will soak in, and repeated coats should be applied until a glossy
finish is obtained. Generally 2 heavy coats will suffice for this.
Plugging The Hole
Most flower pots have a drainage hole in the bottom. This can easily be
closed off caulk. Silicone caulk such as that used for fish tanks also
works well. Both are commonly sold in the lumber yard or hardware store.
I prefer the following formula for container candles:
1 pound Container Blend Wax
1 ounce (2 Tablespoons) of Scent Oil - Optional
Dye to suit
Pouring The Candle
Once the pot is sealed and plugged it may be treated like any
other container candle. Pouring them is easy and since the sides are opaque,
many of the cosmetic problems associated with glass jars will be invisible.
- Melt the wax and bring to 160 degrees F. in a double boiler setup.
- Stir in and test color.
- Stir in scent oil.
- Pour into the pot stopping approximately 1/4 inch from the top.
- Straighten a pre tabbed wick and drop into the center.
- As it cools periodically grasp the wick and gently tug it upwards
and to the center.
- Once fully cooled, reheat the leftover wax and make a second pour
to obtain a nice level top.
- Allow to cool, then trim the wick to 1/4 inch.
An alternative with appropriately sized pots is to use them as a votive
Flower pots as votive holders - note that these should be removed from
the decorative wood before burning.
Pots can be painted, decaled, decoupaged, stacked, antiqued, etc... Undecorated
pots go well in a garden motif room or in the garden and make great Citronella
Candles made in decorative flower pots.
Flower pots make container candles when properly prepared. The combination
of low price, variety, and ease of embellishing makes them a winner for
container candles. Take the sealing instructions quite seriously because
the potential fire hazard if this step is skipped is dangerous.
Candle Making Supplies And Materials
The following candle making supplies and other materials
were used to make these candles. Clicking on the item name will bring
you to that item's page.
||A pre blended, low shrinkage wax designed especially for use in
container candles. Phenomenal scent throw and ease of use.
||Your choice of dye
blocks or dye
||For checking pouring temperature.
/ Pouring Pot
Use the following wicks for this wax formula:
2" diameter: 44-24-18
3" diameter: 51-32-18
4" diameter: 60-44-18
||Purchase at a housewares store or a dollar store.
||Any style of your choice.
||To seal the pots. Any craft or art supply store should have this.
||To seal the drainage hole. Hardware store or lumber yard.
||One cooking pot will be needed for the double boiler setup. Garage
sales and thrift shops are a great source for these.
Disclaimer: The information presented
here is accurate to the best of my knowledge and common candle making
practices as of the time of this writing - January 2006. The author and
the publisher accept no liability for the use or misuse of any of the
information presented in this article. This article is presented for informational
purposes and is used at your own risk.
Author: Bob Sherman
Publisher: Bobby's Craft Boutique Inc.
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