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How to Make Soy Wax Dipped Flowers

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 These soy wax dipped flowers make a great gift for anyone in your life.  These are popular around Valentine's Day, but they can be displayed any time.  They are dipped with soy wax and a natural fragrance, so they lightly scent the room and act like an air freshener.


I used to sell an insane amount of these wax DIY soy wax dipped roses years ago.  I would make them in rose, chocolate, and several other scents.  I'd sell 100s of these on my website and in person starting in mid January each year.





These wax dipped flowers are fairly easy to make, but they are a little messy and somewhat time consuming.  I used to have a place set up to hang them to dry, but I don't anymore so I had to hold them while the wax set up.


I used Very Berry Cobbler for these dipped flowers, which is a natural fragrance oil from Crafty Bubbles.  


Normally, I wouldn't use a bakery scent for Valentine's Day, but this is just perfect for Valentine's Day.


How to Make Soy Wax Dipped Flowers


You'll notice that I made 6 flowers with 3 ounces of wax.  I had some left over, so I would recommend using 4 ounces of wax for a dozen flowers.


This is how I make small batches of 6 or 12 of these.  If you are going to be selling them, I highly recommend getting a wax melter.  As the wax cools, it can cause clumps.  I found it easier to just use a wax melting pot like this one.


Silk Flowers for Wax Dipped Flowers


This soy wax dipped flowers tutorial is only for silk flowers.   Real flowers can be dipped, but that's a different process.


I picked these cute flowers up at Walmart for 97 cents for a bunch of six.  


I've used flowers from the dollar store and more expensive flowers.  They all dipped well for me.


Some of the cheaper flowers had the color of the flower bleed into the wax.  If you are dipping more than one color, start with the lightest color first.


Obviously, the better the flowers look before you dip them, the better your project will be.


I've heard that you can do this with real roses, but I have never tried it.  I've always used fake flowers.





Soy Wax 


I'm partial to soy wax because I live in a rural area where the farmers grow soy.  I'd rather support my neighbors than use paraffin wax.  


Soy wax is also renewable where paraffin isn't, so that's definitely a big factor.  Soy wax is a softer wax, so these wax dipped flowers won't crack if you drop them or accidently bump into your soy wax dipped flowers.


Fragrance


This is one of the new scents I picked up at Bolek's Crafts in December.  This scent is hard to describe.  I definitely smell blueberry and maybe another berry.


Very Berry Cobbler smells like a cobbler, but to be honest, if it wasn't labeled as cobbler, I probably wouldn't call it a cobbler scent.  If that makes any sense...


Either way, it smells divine.  It's not a strong bakery scent or a food scent.  It's just a very nice berry scent with a lighter note of something sweet.





It's one of their new natural fragrance oils.  I prefer to use natural scents (although they have a full line of fragrance oils that are wonderful), so I'm using the new line of natural fragrance oils.


If you want to use essential oils to scent your wax dipped flowers, try one of these fun essential oil blends that smell like candy.


I'd also recommend a rose essential oil or Pink Sugar type fragrance oil.  Pink Sugar is an amazing scent that's perfect for Valentine's Day.  It smells like cotton candy with a hint of musk.  Every time I wear it, I get compliments.





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If you're looking for more Valentine's Day ideas, check these out:



Soy Wax Dipped Flowers Supplies







Soy Wax Dipped Flowers Directions


Step #1


Weigh your soy wax using a digital scale.  Put in a double boiler or in a 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup to make a double boiler.


Never heat soy wax over direct heat.  It can cause hot spots that can catch on fire.  


Step #2


If you don't have a double boiler, set your Pyrex measuring cup on top of a canning jar ring in a pot of water.


Fill the water in the pot until it covers more than half of the soy wax.  Heat until melted.





Step #3


Meanwhile, get your flowers ready.  I've dipped many kinds of flowers, and all of them had adjustable leaves.  Slide the leaves down to the bottom of the stem so they don't get in the way.


You can use wire cutters to cut each flower stem, but I usually don't bother if I'm just doing a few of them.





Step #4


When the wax is melted, carefully remove it from heat and set it on a hot pad.  


Use a laser thermometer to check the temperature of the wax.  Let it cool to 175 degrees Fahrenheit.  


Add the fragrance oil or essential oil.  





Step #5


You want to dip each flower individually.  I just bend the stem so I'm holding just one flower separately.  Dip it in the wax for 2-3 seconds and lift out of the wax.  Let the wax dip into the glass.


The wax is hot, so use a spoon to push any petals into the wax if needed.


Repeat for all of the flowers.


You might have to hold the flowers for a few minutes to let them cool.


I used to hang them up with clothespins and let them drip dry.  They don't drip too much, but you don't want to lay them down until they are cool.  This only takes a few minutes though.





Step #6


If there are clumps of wax, you can get rid of them with a hair dryer.


Just heat the spot for a few seconds and use your fingers to smooth out the clump.  The wax will be warm, but it shouldn't be too hot to touch.





I didn't even get out all of the wax clumps because they aren't really noticeable in person with these colored flowers.  If you use red or pink roses, they might be more noticeable.


Stick them in a vase, and you have some seriously cute scented DIY soy wax dipped flowers!  I'm going to set these on my desk in my office.  


They smell great, and it will be cute sitting on my desk.  


The scent should last for about 2-3 months.  You can freshen them up by using a hair dryer to remelt the wax slightly to release more scent.  


DIY Soy Wax Dipped Roses was originally published at Everything Pretty.


diy, roses, valentine's day
Yield: 12 roses
Author: Cari @ Koti Beth
Estimated cost: $10

Soy Wax Dipped Flowers

prep time: 15 Mperform time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 H & 15 M
These soy wax dipped flowers make a great gift for anyone in your life. These are popular around Valentine's Day, but they can be displayed any time. They are dipped with soy wax and a natural fragrance, so they lightly scent the room.

materials:

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steps:

  1. Weigh your soy wax using a digital scale. Put in a double boiler or in a 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup to make a double boiler.
  2. Slide the leaves down to the bottom of the stem so they don't get in the way.
  3. When the wax is melted, carefully remove it from heat and set it on a hot pad.
  4. Use a laser thermometer to check the temperature of the wax. Let it cool to 175 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Add the fragrance oil or essential oil.
  6. Dip each flower in the wax for 2-3 seconds and lift out of the wax. Let the wax dip into the glass.
  7. Repeat for all of the flowers.
  8. If there are clumps of wax, you can get rid of them with a hair dryer.

NOTES:

The scent should last for about 2-3 months.  You can freshen them up by using a hair dryer to remelt the wax slightly to release more scent.
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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, and several chickens. She loves Gilmore Girls, glitter, coffee, and her kids. But not in that order.

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