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Beautiful Pressed Flower Candles
by Erica Hildebrand

These candles are a great bathroom accent. I make them foremost to give as gifts with bath oils and bath salts. I will usually give two small pillar candles, and one jar of bath salts in a small basket or box. Depending on the bath salts I choose the flowers I use by color or type. Lavender would be a pansy, because it is purple, and pansies make some of the best candles. You can also use greenery such as fern or leaves, those purple leaves are great. You display the flowers and greenery on the candle beneath a thin layer of wax.

You will need:

Pillar candles......large or small
Pressed flowers (your choice)
Pressed greens (your choice)
raffia, (optional completely)
craft glue or hot glue
paraffin wax
sauce pan
metal bowl
news paper, an old towel, or I use wax paper.

To make these lovely candles:
Very carefully, or with tweezers, pick up flowers and greenery. Arrange on candle. Also very carefully add a touch of glue to the backs of the flowers and greenery you can use a tooth pick or q tip to make it easier. Let it sit for about 15 minutes to allow glue to dry completely. Fill sauce pan with water and warm over medium low heat. Balance metal bowl on rims so it sits above the waters surface. Melt wax this way. Hold candle by the wick, either with your fingers (long wick) or for safety or with piers or tongs. Dip candle into the wax entirely. Remove slowly. Place candle on wax paper and allow to dry very well.
To add a nice touch tie raffia around the top of the candle and tie into a bow. If not you can adorn with a tag....attached to a thin piece of embroidery thread in a complimentary color. Most flowers are great with this idea, and fern, cedar and oak leaves

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