How to Make Vegetable Oil Candles

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Vegetable oil candles are an inexpensive, attractive craft that creates a touch of elegance in your home. The ambiance of a flame floating above liquid sets a romantic mood for dinner or creates a sense of enchantment at nighttime garden parties. Making vegetable oil candles also taps into your creativity, as the candles can be made from glassware in almost any shape. Adding food coloring to the water beneath the floating oil lets you create candles of almost infinite variety. Follow these steps to make an easy and elegant craft.

Things You'll Need

  • Hollow glassware in various shapes and sizes Floating plastic candlewick holders Spool of candlewick Vegetable oil Water Food coloring Glue gun Modeling clay
  • Fill a glass container with water to about one inch below the top of the glass. Add food coloring to the water, if desired.

  • Slowly pour vegetable oil on top of the water. Add about 1/2 inch of oil. Because oil is a different density, it will float on top of the water.

  • Cut a piece of candlewick about one inch long and insert it halfway into the center of a plastic wick holder.

  • Place the wick holder gently on top of the oil and allow to set for at least 30 minutes so the vegetable oil will absorb into the wick.

  • Light your candle and enjoy.

  • Empty and rinse the glass candle holder and replace it with fresh water and oil if not used for a week or more. Vegetable oil can become stale and emit odors.

Tips & Warnings

  • Decorate your candles by submerging waterproof items in the glass, such as small seashells, plastic plants or figurines. Secure the items to the glass bottom with a bit of modeling clay or use a glue gun.

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