These gorgeous beeswax luminaries are so fun to make! You can use them as a bowl to hold trinkets and also look beautiful with a flameless candle inside. The temporary tattoos make these luminaries look like real pieces of art and are a great gift or decoration for your home, office, or classroom.
We made beautiful pressed flower beeswax bowl luminaries a few months ago and have been enjoying them ever since. I recently got the idea to use temporary tattoos on the these cute beeswax bowls and I’m so happy I tried it! Temporary tattoos allow you to personalize your luminaries any way you would like. You can spell words with letter tattoos, try bright and colorful prints, or keep it simple with black line tattoo designs. I personally love the simplicity of the black lines. Our beeswax luminaries turned out so nice and look like items you would find in a boutique shop!
Ready to make a beeswax luminary or two? Here’s what you’ll need….
Supplies for the Beeswax Luminaries:
- Beeswax– I like this brand of yellow pellets.
- Mini Crock pot– I have a mini crock pot designated for beeswax crafts! We use beeswax quite a bit, so when we are done using it I just let it harden in the Crock Pot and save it for another day. This seems to be the perfect size for all of my beeswax crafts. I don’t suggest using one that is bigger because you will need to use A LOT of beeswax to fill it up. If you don’t want to invest in a Crock Pot, many people use a double boiler for this craft.
- Water balloons
- Temporary Tattoos– My boys are really interested in summer insects at the moment, so I purchased this pack! This pack includes a wide variety of black line and colorful buggy designs. You can also work on insect identification when making your luminaries:)
- Flameless candles
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Here’s How We Made Our Beeswax Luminaries:
First melt your beeswax. It takes about 30 minutes for about half the bag to melt in the Crock Pot. Don’t fill your entire Crock Pot with beeswax or it will overflow when you dip your balloons!
This Crock Pot is great for beeswax crafts because it’s safer than the stovetop and I feel more comfortable with my boys helping!
Fill a water balloon with water. Never use a balloon filled with air because you sill pop it! Make sure your water balloons are skinnier than your Crock Pot, so they don’t hit the sides during the dipping process. This will smudge the beeswax and will limit the amount of times you can dip the balloon.
Dip your water ballon about 15 times in the beeswax to the same level. You can dip it more if you want to make a stronger bowl.
In between dips, let the beeswax dry for about 10 seconds or until the beeswax stops dripping. Give your beeswax luminary about 5 minutes to dry after this step.
Next pop the balloon over the sink, making sure the balloon doesn’t go down the drain. Dry out the beeswax bowl.
Last, line a pan with foil and heat it on low. After you give the stove top a minute to warm up, quickly run to top edges of the bowl on the warm foil to even the edges.
Flip the bowl over and warm the base to give it a small flat surface to sit on.
Now it’s time to decorate your bowl! There is no trick to this step. Use the tattoos just like you were applying them to your skin. Choose the temporary tattoos that you would like to use for your luminaries and follow the decorations on your specific temporary tattoo packaging.
We made one with just bees!
Here are the other designs. I love the butterfly, moth, and dragonfly prints in the pack as well!
Now your beeswax luminaries are finished! I like to add a flameless candle to the bowls. The warm glow looks so beautiful!
These are a bit delicate, so I taught my boys how to handle them carefully.
Don’t these make the perfect natural decoration for your home? I hope you love them as much as we do!
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I hope you make some beeswax luminaries soon! I promise, your little nature lovers will love this craft as my boys.