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Wax Bowl Centerpiece

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, December 2009


Complete any table setting with a stunning wax bowl centerpiece filled with floating candles.


  • 3/4 pound paraffin

  • 1/4 pound beeswax

  • 1 teaspoon Vybar

  • One ivory colorant chip

  • Double boiler designated for candle-making

  • Metal mixing bowl

  • Oven mitts or hot pads

  • Tub of cold water

  • Chopsticks

  • Dried greenery

  • Mini pine cones

  • Dried star anise

  • Dried berries or rose hips

  • Warm skillet or heated cookie sheet

  • Floating candles (homemade or store-bought)


  1. Melt paraffin, beeswax, Vybar, and colorant chip together in a double boiler to make wax.

  2. Pour hot wax into metal mixing bowl, almost to the top. Using oven mitts or hot pads, carefully place mixing bowl to float in tub of cold water. Wax will begin to set.

  3. Using chopsticks, place greenery, mini pine cones, and star anise or other natural embellishments in wax in desired design. Toss in berries for pop of color.

  4. Let wax cool about 2 1/2 to 4 minutes, until film forms over top of bowl.

  5. Cut through film with chopsticks and pour out excess wax.

  6. Pour a small amount of hot wax back into bowl. Swish wax around bowl to melt off excess wax from greenery and berries; pour out excess wax. Cool in freezer for 15 minutes until wax bowl cleanly pops out of mixing bowl.

  7. Finish bowl by pressing rim for a few seconds onto a warm skillet or heated cookie sheet that is used only for wax and crafts.

  8. Fill wax bowl with room temperature water, and add floating candles.

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