Check out these wax luminaries made out of water balloons. Yup, water balloons! Besides the balloons, you'll need some high melt paraffin wax, a double boiler and a cookie sheet. Other than that, the proceedure, which seems simple enough, goes something like this:
- Fill balloon with tepid water.
- Melt your wax in the double boiler to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Slowly dip your balloon into the wax, hold it for a few seconds.
- Withdraw the balloon wait a minute or two and then repeat step 3 a few more times.
- While the waxy balloon is still warm, set it on the cookie sheet to flatten the bottom.
- Repeat step 3 a few more times to get the wax to about a thickness of 1/4" to 1/2" thick.
- Set the balloon on the cookie sheet and let it cool.
- When the wax is cooled completely, pop the balloon, holding it over a sink and facing it away from you.
- To even off the top, heat the cookie sheet slightly on the stove top and invert the luminary, melting the top edges a bit.
- Pop in a tea light, and you're done!
To see the entire process in action, check out this video on candletech.com. All images courtesy of Candle Tech.