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Kristan Cunningham has a clever trade secret for creating candle luminaries made from wax ... and balloons! Learn how you ...
can use a few simple items to add this beautiful, glowing accent to your home.
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How to Make Wax Luminaries
Featured Pro: Kristan Cunningham Category: Home Décor Time: 3:04
KRISTAN CUNNINGHAM: Hi, there. I’m Kristan Cunningham, here to shed some light on a fun, simple project. Welcome to your GMC Trade Secret.
I’m going to show you how to make balloon luminaries. And you’re not even going to believe how simple this is for such a beautiful finished product. And you probably have half the things you need already in your kitchen.
All right, so let’s get started. First things first – balloons, and not just any old balloons. Balloons that are made to be water balloons are too thin, so go for the party balloons. They’re much thicker-walled. So you’ve got a balloon. It’s in pretty warm-temperature water, and warm-temperature water inside it as well. That part is important; no cold water.
The next element is high-melt paraffin wax in a double boiler. I’ve got a fancy pan set up here. But if you’ve got two pots that fit inside each other, that works just fine. Ideal temperature is around 160 - between 160 and 170 is going to do you good. But mainly you want the wax to be hot and you don’t want to actually have it on fire. So that’s why you’re going to do this double boiler.
So then, try to get a nice shape out of this. Drop in our balloon. It looks good. Now we’re going to take it out, hold it for a second. That’s one coat. We’re going to go for several coats. Give it a few seconds. Let it set a little bit. Let’s drop it in again, get another nice coat on there.
The next part’s important. We’ve got wax paper laid out. However you place it is the shape that the base of your luminary is going to take. This is basically going to be your foot, your bottom. So you want to hold it there for a second so it doesn’t tip over.
All right, so we’ve got four, five layers on these. I’m going to keep going, doing this assembly line. And then once these cool off a little bit, we’ll go back in for a second batch of about five layers, because the idea is we want to build up those layers and get them as thick as possible.
Okay, so that guy’s looking nice and thick, so he’s ready to pop. This is the fun part. So I’ve got a safety pin. I’m going to hold it away from me, because they tend to explode. So here we go. And see, the balloon peeled itself right out.
All right, so now we’ve got some kind of unfinished edges around the top. We solve that with a baking sheet. Now we have a nice rim. That’s outstanding. You can do any futzing while it’s still soft. Look how nice that looks.
So I’ve got three here, all kind of different and varied shapes. It’s okay if they slant a little bit. They’re supposed to look handmade and organic. And you can also customize them with coloring. These are little wax chips. This one’s red. You can get them in the craft supply store with the candle stuff.
And that’s it. We’re going to add our tealights. They’ll glow and be beautiful, and they were so easy to do.
I’m Kristan Cunningham, and that is how you make a balloon luminary.