Warming, illuminating, commemorating

Can you ever have too many candles in your home? We think not. And particularly not if they’re one-of-a-kind candles featuring the marvellous anemone. Beautiful things to place in a hurricane lamp, as a set on the coffee table or on your altar. You can make these candles with petals yourself. How? Read the DIY instructions for these floral candles. 



You can make candles in two ways: by recycling old candles or by making brand-new candles. In this project we’re using wax candles, but you can also make gel candles. That’s even easier, and looks very different. 

  • Remains of old candles or DIY candle kit from a craft store (a combination of paraffin and stearin, this is your wax)
  • Large saucepan
  • A bowl that fits in the saucepan
  • Metal spoon
  • Candle mould
  • Taper or wick (you can make it yourself from cotton)
  • Scissors, tape, work surface (e.g. old newspaper)
  • Anemones
  • Possibly: colouring


Melt your candle wax (the mixture of paraffin and stearin or old candle stubs) in the bain-marie. This is the time to add the anemones. Then pour the liquid wax into the candle mould. If you don’t have a mould you can also use an empty milk carton, can or old toilet roll. If you’re using an open mould make sure that you place old newspaper or a placemat under your mould. You need to insert the wick yourself, depending on the mould. If there’s no hole for a wick, fasten the wick in the middle of the base with a piece of adhesive tape. At the top lay something like a pencil over the mould and attach the wick to this. That way you can be sure that the wick is fixed as straight as possible in the centre of the candle. Now leave the wax to cool and harden. When it has cooled completely, remove the new candle from the mould. Trim the wick to a length of about 1 cm. 

Now that your handmade candle with flowers is finished it’s time to light it or to give it to someone special as a gift. Share the finished product of this craft project with us on Instagram with the hashtag #Funnyhowflowersdothat.