What do you think of this simple DIY for a gorgeous homemade gift using pressed flowers?
This DIY Candle is the perfect Mother’s Day gift or special way to display pressed flowers from a vacation.
DIY N. 67
FLOWER CANDLE CRAFT
Assorted small flowers – Pillar candles – Clothing iron – Wax paper – White paper or cardstock – Kitchen towels or rags – Flower press (if you don’t have it, you can obtain the same result by putting the petals in a kitchen rag and press gently on them with a warm iron)Fold a piece of white paper or cardstock in half, open and set aside.
For this craft, you will want the petals removed from the flowers so that they lay flat against the candles.
Carefully remove the petals (and perhaps a few leaves) from your flowers and place on half of the open, folded paper.
Fold the paper so that the flower petals are securely inside.
You can either press your flowers using a flower press for about 7 to 10 days or use the microwave or iron methods. Follow the instructions that came with your specific flower press if using that method.
To press your flowers quickly using a clothing iron, place the folded paper on top of a couple of kitchen towels and then lay another one on top.
Turn off the steam function of your iron and set the heat to low. Press the iron down on the paper (through the towel), but do not move back and forth as if you were ironing clothes. Press down in several spots for 30 seconds at a time, for about 2 to 3 minutes.
Check that the flowers are dry before turning off the iron and proceeding to the next step.
Arrange the flower petals (and leaves) on the candle in your desired pattern.
If you want to cover all sides of the candle, you will need to do one side at a time to prevent the petals from falling off.
When you are happy with your design, place a piece of wax paper over the design. You want to avoid touching the iron to the wax paper, so ensure that your piece of wax paper is long and wide enough to prevent this.
On medium heat setting, iron over the wax paper to set the flower design.
The aim is to slightly melt the wax paper, but avoid melting the actual candle. Move the iron around, like you would with clothing. This will take about 2-3 minutes, depending on the heat of your iron.
You can remove the wax paper immediately to see if the flowers are secure. If they fall off, place a new piece of wax paper overtop and repeat the process.