Things You'll Need
- Candle wax
- Double boiler
- Votive candle mold
- Drill press
- Drill bit, 1/16-inch larger than diameter of battery-operated candle
- Battery-operated candle
Although there are decorative wax-covered, battery-operated candles available in stores, you can embellish your own. Purchase a plain, battery-operated candle and place it inside a molded candle. Get creative with the wax covering, and express yourself. At the end of the project, you'll have an interesting and realistic-looking candle.
Place the double boiler on a stove burner with water in the bottom of the double boiler. Turn the stove on high heat.
Put in approximately 2 ounces of wax into the top of the double boiler to make one votive candle. One pound of wax makes approximately eight votive candles, so adjust accordingly if you plan to make more than one candle at a time.
Turn the burner down to medium once the water starts to boil. Melt the wax and wait until it reaches the standard 175 degrees F. Check the temperature with a thermometer.
Remove the boiler from the stove and pour the wax into the votive candle mold. Fill the mold so that it is level to the lip of the mold. Votive candle molds are typically metal and cylindrical in shape and slightly larger than a shot glass. Allow the wax to cool for 24 hours.
Remove the poured candle from the mold. Place it on the drill press table.
Drill a hole in the center of the candle to a depth that will accommodate the height of the battery-operated candle. Use a drill bit that is 1/16 inch wider than the diameter of the battery-operated candle.
Blow off any wax debris from the drilled candle with your mouth. Insert the battery-operated candle into the hole in the center of the candle. The battery-operated candle can be removed at any time to replace batteries or maintain it.
Apply this technique to make pillar, taper or tea light candles by using appropriately sized battery-operated candles and their respective molds. This will allow you to create many different styles of wax-covered, battery-operated candles.
Use caution when working with hot wax.
Jonah Morrissey has been writing for print and online publications since 2000. He began his career as a staff reporter/photographer for a weekly newspaper in upstate New York. Morrissey specializes in topics related to home-and-garden projects, green living and small business. He graduated from Saint Michael's College, earning a B.A. in political science with a minor in journalism and mass communications.