Wax Candleholders

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courtesy of Firefly Books

How to Amaze Your Daughter by Raphaele Vidaling, is filled with craft ideas fun for all ages. Find all kinds of activities to fill your days with crafts ranging from painting to experiments. This excerpt is located in Chapter 1, “Activities to do Together.”


  • Wax
  • Double Boiler
  • Balloons
  • Clip
  • Parchment Paper

How to Make

  1. Melt the wax over a double boiler or in a deep bowl that is wedged into a pot filled with boiling water.
  2. Fill a balloon with water by threading the opening to the tap nozzle. Use a clip to keep it closed. It’s difficult to fill the balloon with water if you don’t thread it fully on the nozzle!
  3. Dip the balloon into the melted wax several times. Let it dry on parchment paper. To obtain a thicker (but less translucent) wax sphere, repeat this step several times. By moving it in a circular motion, you’ll be able to coat the balloon with wax up to the top.As it dries, the balloon will flatten at the base and be able to stand on its own.
  4. When the wax mold has cooled and hardened, take off the clip, empty the water, and remove the balloon. Insert a tea light at the bottom of the candleholder. Repeat these steps to create more candleholders. The balloon comes out from under the wax very easily.

You can either keep the edges jagged or else soften them by turning the holder upside down and delicately pressing down against a warm sheet of parchment paper.

Reprinted with permission from How to Amaze Your Daughter and Published by Firefly Books.

  • Updated on Jun 1, 2018
  • Originally Published on Jan 1, 1753
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