Bring the beauty of one-of-a-kind flowers into your home with this unique craft.
- Double boiler
- Floral foam or tray lined with parchment paper
- Fresh flowers
- Paraffin wax
- Wet oasis
- Small cup
- Display dome
- Rubber band
- Small bird and butterfly ornaments
- Candle pillar (optional)
Collect fresh, firm flowers that are fully opened. Avoid flowers with delicate petals, which wither in wax.
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.
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.
Cut stems to at least 2 to 3 inches.
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.
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.
Once the blooms have hardened, wax their stems by holding bloom and dipping stem in wax.
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.