Place glass nuggets, pebbles, river stones, marbles, etc., into the bottom of a bowl, (clear glass bowls create stunning effects).
Fill with water up to about three-quarters.
Arrange a few candles on the water, surround with flowers, petals or leaves, and your floating candle centrepiece can be admired by all.
Candlelight shimmering on water creates an extraordinary, otherworldly effect.
Fresh Flowers that Float in WaterFloating candles and fresh flowers create a natural sense of tranquillity. The flowers listed below float successfully, and add a special floral touch to your floating candle arrangements. Dense flower heads, with multiple layers of petals, make the best floaters, but you can get eye-catching results with any of the following:
Ideas and Tips for Floating Candle Arrangements:Click on pictures to enlarge
80 Gem and Pearl Bead Vase Fillers - Assorted Sizes
Create a jewel of a centerpiece!
Diamonds and pearls..."float" these white pearl beads and bright blue gemstone beads in your candle vase centerpieces, and give your event a touch of royalty.
You'll receive a set of 80 royal blue "diamonds and gems", and white pearl beads, in assorted sizes. Order the transparent water gels packets separately.
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Water-Activated LED Floating Candles - Bulk Pack of 32 Units
Magical water lights!
These LED lights flicker like real candles, with a warm white glow. Using them couldn't be easier: simply place them on the water, and they come on automatically. Remove them and they switch off by themselves.
This bulk pack contains 32 candles, (with the batteries included as well), so you're ready to light up your wedding, parties, or special events instantly, and with complete safety.
Available in white and multi-colored.
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Clear Orange Gel Floating Candles - 12 Pieces
Glass discs, filled with gel wax, illuminate bowls of water with a lively orange glow.
These unscented floating candles measure 1¾" each, (4.37cm), and burn for 3-4 hours, leaving no mess, and no waxy residue to clean up afterwards.
This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Set of 36 Cylinder Vases and 36 Floating Candles
Buy in bulk, and enjoy high-quality centerpieces for less. This floating candle vase set comes with 3 different sized vases: 6, 7½, and 10½ inches tall.
3 inch wide, long burning floating candles, accompany the glass cylinders, especially hand-poured for a flawless fit. These candles don't disappoint. They burn for 8-10 hours each, and won't leave you in the dark, midway through the festivities. Also available in a set of 3 cylinder floating candle vases.
Choose from many colors - black, white, red, yellow, orange, purple, light blue, lavender, green, brown, pink, ivory, dark pink or aqua green candles- and coordinate with your favorite color schemes.
Same-day shipping applies, so you can place those last-minute orders with complete confidence.
Afraid to order glassware online? Secure packaging guarantees the safe arrival of your order.
More square and round floating candle vases
Floating Tealight Candle Holders - Set of 10
Tea lights CAN float, thanks to these handy little containers.
Display these versatile floater candle holders in bowls, in ponds, in bathtubs, or in fountains. Vary the colors and fragrances of the tea candles, and create an endless variety of different moods - from romantic, to festive, to serene and relaxing - whatever ambiance you seek.
The holders measure 2½" in diameter and 1¾" high. Candles not included.
The set contains 10 glass tea light holders, each individually packed, for safety.
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25th Wedding Anniversary Floating Candle Vase
Celebrate your silver wedding anniversary in unique style.
This gorgeous vase and candle set confirms your vows and commitment 25 years on. The vase measures 4 inches wide by 9½ inches tall, and features a whimsical "25th Anniversary" design in an elegant script. Whether you place this vase on your bedside table or on the fireplace mantelpiece, the beautifully hand blown glass makes a beautiful decoration in itself, as well as a confirmation of your love and devotion.
The white candle measures 3 inches wide.
Make a Floral Wax Bowl for Floating Candles
Floating candle bowls, made of wax, exude a softer and gentler glow than their hard, glassy counterparts. Decorate the sides of the bowl with pressed flowers, and you have a subtle, feminine look, reminiscent of the romantic decorations of yesteryear.
A one-of-a-kind centerpiece for your dressing or bedside table. Especially if you've made it yourself, with your own talented hands!
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Floating Oil Candle Kit
Turn your favourite vases, dishes, or wineglasses, into objects of candlelit beauty.
A stained glass vase becomes a thing of romance with a floating oil candle in it. A crystal bowl takes on a magical aspect with a few of these "invisible candles" bobbing around in it.
Proceed as follows: pour water into a glass. You may color the water with food coloring, if you like. Add a layer of cooking or salad oil, (pure corn oil, blended vegetable oils, or olive oil recommended). Insert a length of wick into the floating disc. Place onto the oil. Light, and enjoy hours of soft and soothing candle light, without smoke, or unpleasant odors. (The box contains the full instructions, with more detail).
Leave the oil unscented, or add a few drops of natural essential oils for a pleasant aroma.
Each kit contains 800 hours of wick, and 5 floatable discs.
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Floating Lotus Flower Candle Holder
Turn your wedding or garden party venue into a candlelit wonderland.
A glass votive holder forms the "heart" of a beautiful purple lotus lily, made of flexible flower petals, on a green lily pad.
This durable lotus flower tealight holder floats in swimming pools, ponds, and creates an enthralling display in any indoor or outdoor water feature.
Also available in cream, indigo, pink and red.
Size: 8 inches in diameter.
More floating candles for pools
A waxy version of the floating tealights.
Line the base of a bowl with ice cubes, (to delay the inevitable melting that takes place when you burn tealights in wax containers). Fill three-quarters full with water. Float a group of wax bowls on the surface, and place a tealight candle in each one.
Add some solar and lunar magic to your celebrations! Candles with cheerful sun, moon and star faces, have universal appeal, and children and adults enjoy them.
Celestial floating candles
Pressed, or etched glass dessert bowls
Blue and green food colouring
Turquoise-blue glass nuggets
Arrange the mirror tiles in a zig-zag pattern on the table. Place the dessert dishes onto them. Arrange a few glass nuggets in the bottom of the bowls.
Pour water into the jug, and dye it a pale turquoise-blue colour by gradually adding a few drops of blue, and a drop or so of green food colouring. Pour the tinted water into the bowls, and add the candles.
Combine fresh flowers and floating candles in a clear glass bowl, and create a serene setting in a bedroom, or a relaxed atmosphere while you're soaking in the bathtub.
Also, a great table decoration in a sheltered section of your garden. Candles shaped like flowers give the best results.
Fill a clear glass bowl ± three-quarters full of water. Add a few drops of red food colouring, giving the water a pale pink tint. Float a few candles. Scatter rose petals around the candles, with a few rose leaves in between.
You can use crystal, or glass, vases and ornaments to create these types of centrepieces. Is this glassy look too cold for you? Place fresh, or artificial flowers, (or foliage), beneath the candle instead.
A floating candle
Carefully lower glass nuggets into the vase. Rest the ornament on the nuggets. Fill the vase with water. Float the candle on top.
Especially dramatic at night, you can create centerpieces with the full rainbow effect, if you can lay your hands on 7 matching wine, water, or brandy glasses. We only had 6 (brandy) glasses, and did the following: filled the glasses ± 2/3 full of water, added a few drops of food coloring to each glass, creating red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple colored water.
Mix red with yellow to obtain orange, blue and yellow for green, and blue and red for purple. Add a few drops at a time, building the color up gradually.
Finally, display the glasses on a large mirror, and stick a candle into each one.
Create a Victorian-tea-party style centerpiece. The teapot becomes a vase.
You'll need an old-fashioned tea set, including a porcelain teapot with floral designs, flowers, and floating candles. We used roses and carnations. Use whatever matches your tea set's design.
Make a simple flower arrangement in the teapot. Surround the teapot with the tea cups, and place a candle in each one.
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