There's something magical about fire dancing on water. Reflected in the liquid's shimmering surface, the flickers of a candle's flame appear doubly radiant and twice as beautiful. Floating candles add instant atmosphere to a casual summer table, and with our technique, you can create lots of them in only a couple of hours.
Muffin tins or other molds
Petroleum jelly or nonstick cooking spray
Paraffin or beeswax candles, or wax bricks and color chips
Craft sticks, for stirring1 1/4-inch metal-tabbed tea-light wicks
Tired of the same old pillar candles? You can use any whimsical three-dimensional object found around the house to create a rubber candle mold. For best results, keep the shape fairly simple, like these lovely finial molds.