How to Make Teardrop Balloon Luminaries

How to Make Teardrop Balloon Luminaries

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:

  1. Fill balloon with tepid water.
  2. Melt your wax in the double boiler to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Slowly dip your balloon into the wax, hold it for a few seconds.
  4. Withdraw the balloon wait a minute or two and then repeat step 3 a few more times.
  5. While the waxy balloon is still warm, set it on the cookie sheet to flatten the bottom.
  6. Repeat step 3 a few more times to get the wax to about a thickness of 1/4" to 1/2" thick.
  7. Set the balloon on the cookie sheet and let it cool.
  8. When the wax is cooled completely, pop the balloon, holding it over a sink and facing it away from you.
  9. To even off the top, heat the cookie sheet slightly on the stove top and invert the luminary, melting the top edges a bit.
  10. 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.

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