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Project

Waxed Flowers

Bring the beauty of one-of-a-kind flowers into your home with this unique craft.

Materials

  • Double boiler
  • Scissors
  • Spoon
  • Toothpick
  • Tweezers
  • Floral foam or tray lined with parchment paper
  • Fresh flowers
  • Paraffin wax
  • Thermometer
  • Wet oasis
  • Small cup
  • Display dome
  • Rubber band
  • Small bird and butterfly ornaments
  • Candle pillar (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Collect fresh, firm flowers that are fully opened. Avoid flowers with delicate petals, which wither in wax.

  2. Step 2

     Melt a pound of paraffin wax in a double boiler -- one that is wide and deep enough to immerse a flower head.Warning: Paraffin is extremely flammable. Never melt paraffin directly over a flame. 

  3. Step 3

     Heat wax to 130 to 150 degrees, maintaining temperature throughout process with a thermometer.Tip: At a lower temperature, the wax will not coat flowers effectively; a higher temperature will scorch them. 

  4. Step 4

    Cut stems to at least 2 to 3 inches.

  5. Step 5

     Holding each flower by the stem end, dip the flower head completely into wax. Immediately lift out, allowing excess wax to drip into pot.Tip: If you're waxing a flower with many petal rounds, spoon wax into flower middle to fully cover. For tiny blooms (such as hyacinth), insert a toothpick into the center and dip into wax. You can also use tweezers. 

  6. Step 6

    Place each blossom's stem in floral foam or on its side on a parchment-paper-lined tray. It will harden completely in 5 minutes.

  7. Step 7

    Once the blooms have hardened, wax their stems by holding bloom and dipping stem in wax.

  8. Step 8

    To display the blooms, arrange a few flowers at different heights, bundle with a rubber band, and insert into a small cup (we used a mint julep cup) filled with wet oasis. Embellish with bird and butterfly ornaments, and put under a display dome. You may also choose to cut the stems off completely and arrange them around a candle pillar. Waxed flowers should last for about a week.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, February 2008

Reviews (13)

  • 26 Mar, 2009

    Martha,
    I waxed a rose my husband gave me 10 years ago , I brushed the wax on, this way is much easier I was afraid to dip it . Thanks for thee show I watch you every day. I find myself telling people this is the way Martha would do it on lots of things. Just wanted to let you know they will last as long as you take care of them.

    Thanks again,
    GidgetYarlett

  • 24 Mar, 2009

    We waxed flowers [I did Johnny Jump Ups] in biology class {we're talking 1959 here} and the blossoms look just as good 50 years later as the day I waxed them. Of course, they have been lying on a piece of cottom batting in a jewelry box for all these years so they have been quite well protected.

  • 23 Mar, 2009

    I am now a grandma of 12, {6 of mine and 6 of my husband's} ~ who are all ~ "ours."
    My GREAT GRANDMA used to do this waxing of flowers from her own garden, for a "winter" bouquet. No one can remember exactly how long they lasted, but most THINK it was most of the winter.

  • 23 Mar, 2009

    I tried these with roses and they turned out beautifully. I dipped them several times and they have now lasted over three months. If you allow the stems to harden by themselves, you can use them as well but sometimes the stems will fall out, (no suggestions for that yet). All in all, an easy project for a candlemaker, please be careful if you are a novice.

  • 23 Mar, 2009

    Great project .... appreciate the written steps along with the video. Love the section on resources ! Thanks.

  • 23 Mar, 2009

    The video is in two parts after a 2nd commercial, the 2nd half shows the finished product.

  • 6 Mar, 2008

    Silk and artificial flowers can be waxed too. I added scented oil to the wax and used the waxed, silk roses to decorate around candles for my wedding 14 years ago and I still have them.

  • 5 Mar, 2008

    I waxed some roses for an outdoor wreath (gravesite). They looked beautiful and from what I've heard held up very well in the elements.

  • 2 Mar, 2008

    The flowers won't become preserved, just prolonged fresh looking in or out of water, some for well over a week. Great for DIY weddings and events.

  • 29 Feb, 2008

    Martha did it on the show and they looked great.

  • 29 Feb, 2008

    I'd like to know how long these last. I'm also wondering if you could wax silk flowers (or some other flowers, dried?) and use them to make an arrangement that might look like the Victorian wax flower displays....? And then perhaps they might last longer?

  • 29 Feb, 2008

    Yes, watch the video!

  • 29 Feb, 2008

    Can you wax roses??????????