{Tutorial Tuesday} Floating Acorn Candles

I am still loving the acorns in my yard and had to come up with another acorn project (and I’m sorry but there might be more to come).  I was looking at my candle supplies and the acorn caps and remember seeing a post about mini candles made in bottle caps.  I thought that these acorns would look great as candles but I wasn’t sure how because they are not flat on the bottom.  Then, I came across floating acorn candles on esty and I thought, “Why didn’t I think of that?”
I poked the acorn caps into a large piece of styrofoam to keep them in place while pouring in the hot wax.
I placed a chunk of wax on a spoon and melted it over a flame.
Then, I poured the wax in the acorn caps and held the wick in place until the wax hardened and the wick stayed.  I added green candle tint to 2 of the caps and yellow to the other 2.  After the wax has hardened, trim the wick.
They cannot be burned like this because they are not sitting flat plus I’m not sure if the acorn cap would burn.
So, put them in a pretty bowl of water and let them float!  I did not burn any of these yet but I do not think they will burn long because of how small they are.

 An update…this morning, I added more wax to each acorn candle so that they were completely full.  The wax settled into a cup shape overnight.  Then, I put one burning and timed it.  The candle burned for 14 minutes but I am sure that completely depends on the size of the candle.

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  1. Just suggestion..but DON’T use such a big wick next time..that is why they burn SO quickly..the bigger the wick, the hotter the flame and the faster they burn out!

  2. I’ve made some this year … Did you have a problem with your acorn caps catching fire as the wax burns? It made for an exciting dinner : )

  3. These are adorable! I wish we had acorns here cause they would be getting made now! Thanks for posting!

  4. Just pinned this to my DIY Crafts pinn board! What a great idea!

  5. And this is why I love your blog! You have the best ideas on here! I am so glad you shared this @ Show & Share!

  6. Never ever EVER would have thought to make candles out of these. They turned out so great and I can just see these on a Thanksgiving table. So lovely.

  7. I absolutely LOVE this project! Unique and totally gorgeous.
    I have heaps of these in my garden so will definitely be trying soon.
    Visiting from Whipperberry
    Lowri :-)

  8. these are just so cool and clever and unique! what great inspiration!!!!! :o) I hope you come up with some more acorn projects because I am loving them!!!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  9. I totally would have never thought of that! You are so crafty! Would love for you to link it up to Fabulous Friday! http://ohhbabydesigns.blogspot.com/2011/09/fabulous-friday-5-easy-artwork.html

  10. Super creative idea! Love this. I would love for you to link up with us at http://www.thesasselife.com/2011/09/link-party-5.html. I hope to see you there.
    new follower,

  11. What a creative idea! I absolutely love it!

    I’m your newest follower, here from Lolly Jane. :)

    Kim @ Little Rays of Sunshine

  12. What a neat idea! I love Fall stuff!

  13. I love these! I’d love to make some but although I have a ton of acorns, I can’t find any caps :( Maybe the wrong kind of trees? Not sure. But I’m bookmarking this in case I find some!

    Dropping by from Fingerprints on the Fridge.

  14. These are so cute! Thanks for the tips!

  15. Adorable! Such a clever idea!

  16. You are killing me with the creativity this week!! Loving this! Can’t wait to collect a few on our next walk :)

  17. You are SO CLEVER! Super fun…I’ve been collecting acorns for a jar I have, now I won’t leave out the empty shells! ;)

  18. Adorable! Cant wait to se what you do to the acorns!!

  19. Cute idea! Would have never thought to do this!

    Thanks for sharing

  20. what a great idea – love ‘em!

  21. Oh these ARE adorable!! Even if the do only burn 14 minutes :)

  22. Adorable!! What a great idea.

  23. I love acorns! These are sooo cute! I just made some painted acorn necklaces on my blog! Great minds think alike!
    Stephanie @ ladywiththeredrocker.wordpress.com

  24. My sons just a picked a tons of these for me the other day. Now, I know what I am going to make with some of them. Really fantastic idea.

  25. So, so clever! Love it.

  26. op, and I’m your newest follower!

  27. These little acorn tops are adorable! Thanks for a great projects tutorial.

  28. I love this festive little decorating idea!! How creative of you!

  29. Sooo cuuute!!! :)

  30. I love these! Thanks for sharing. Mhy friend at work was complaining about all the acorns in her yard. I’m going to have her gather me some!

  31. So stinkin’ cute! Little acorn hats are so adorable and now, thanks to you, they can be a candle. You are very creative! I saw your post over at Savvy Southern STyle.

  32. These are just amazing! I love them. What a fun and creative idea. Kudos!

  33. Very cool idea. I love fall and fall decor.

  34. Yet, another creative idea!Seriously, you should work for like the Acorn Association (if there is such a thing). I have to tell you your little acorn garland is still on my mind….so much so the other day on my run I was paying more attention to people’s yards then I was to my run (which could have proven dangerous). There is one house down the street that I remmeber had TONS of acorns last year I’ve been stalking them..haha

  35. So that is why you have been gathering acorns! :) What a fun idea! These would be so cute floating around in glass vases for a fun fall-themed party! Oh and I like how you timed how long it burned!

  36. Really gorgeous candles for fall decorations! Do keep me updated if you burn them and how long they last. Thank you!

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