My wife likes to go to garage sales, and she brought home a couple of floating candle holders without the floating things that hold the wicks.  I tried making some floating wick holders out of a wine bottle cork, but that turned out to be a mess that really didn't work well at all.  I was cleaning up the mess I had made with the cork experiment when I noticed that the bottom of the plastic bottle I was drinking tea from would make a great wick holding floating thing.  Once you have a wick holding floating thing, you can turn just about any medium to large size glass or bottle into a beautiful floating wick candle, and the cost is negligible - I was going to toss the bottle into the recycle trash can anyway.

Step 1: Things You Will Need

You will need the following to make a floating wick candle:
  1.  An empty plastic drink bottle. (The kind of bottle with the five humps on the bottom.  Floating wick holder things made from small drinking water bottles without the humps on the bottom tend to tip, lose their air bubble and sink.)
  2. A craft knife or other small sharp knife.
  3. A glass or other suitable container  (Don't use a jar or other container with curved top that would allow flame from wick to come into contact with the glass.)
  4. Food color.
  5. Short, 3/4 inch (18mm), wicks.  (These can be purchased, made from cotton yarn, or removed from tea candles.)
  6. Cooking oil.  (Olive oil burns cleanly and relatively odorlessly. DO NOT USE ANY PETROLEUM BASED PRODUCT!)
  7. Some water. 
<p>I find that dollar store kitchen sheers work better than any type of knife, even a box cutter. The dollar store ones because this dulls them quickly. </p>
<p>Love this idea .. . How would coconut oil work with this? I just thought it would give a lovely soft 'island' scent to the room. Have you added other types of scented oils to the vegetable oil? Maybe lavender, peppermint, etc. depending upon the ambiance one wants to create ... Any thoughts on these ideas please?</p><p>I'd also like to know how long you'd expect the candles to burn &amp; if you've experimented on the ratios of depth of oil to the length of the wick?</p><p> Cheers &amp; Thanks, Wendy from Oz .. :)</p>
<p>The coconut oil burning, it depends entirely on the climate you live in and the time of year. It doesn't work if the room is cold, and it is winter, as it hardens!</p>
<p>lovely :)</p>
<p>You use Extra Virgin Olive Oil? That's one expensive oil to burn for light!</p><p>Just use the CHEAPEST vegetable oil, and open your windows!</p>
<p>The best bottles to use are the light weight ones used for bottled water. The soft drink bottles are thicker and stronger due to the contents being under pressure, and so, they are more difficult to cut. </p>
<p>used to buy some in the 70's, never would have thought of using bottle bottoms! Thanks Loads!</p>
I love the idea here!
Wonderful idea. Will try this today.

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