Your 5-Step Guide For How To Make Floating Candle Centerpieces With Flowers

Your 5-Step Guide For How To Make Floating Candle Centerpieces With Flowers
Candle centerpieces are hot right now and for good reason. They’re elegant, magical, and so versatile that you can make them either for your own dining room table or for one at a wedding reception.

If you’ve been on the search for how to make floating candle centerpieces with flowers, then look no further. We’ve got all the information you need right here.

Materials Required:

  • A clean bucket
  • Fresh flowers (Good choices for this project include: orchids, roses, carnations, daisies, or daffodils)
  • Tall glass vase of any shape and height, at least 3” wide
  • Scissors or shears
  • Fillers (rocks, stones, marbles, or pearls)
  • Washers 1.5”-1.75” in diameter, weighing 1-2 ounces each
  • Floral wire
  • Tealight candles

Floating Flowers Centerpiece Step-By-Step Process

Step 1 - Rehydrate your flowers

By the time you get your flowers and are ready to work with them, they may look a little limp and tired. Unwrap the paper and packaging around them, if any, and use the scissors to make a diagonal cut in the stem. Fill the clean bucket about halfway with water, and place the flowers in the bucket to rehydrate them. Keep them in there for 6-12 hours in a shady area and watch them perk back to life.

floating candle centerpieces with roses

Step 2 - Trim To Fit

Cut each flower stem to fit the length of the vase you’re using. To ensure that the flowers do not reach too close to the top, and you have room for the candle, cut the stems to be about 5-6” shorter than the height of the vase.

floating candle vases

Step 3 - Secure With Washers

Depending on the flower, it may not stay submerged in the water which is where our hardware store-bought washers come in. Washers will give your flowers some weight and anchor them to the bottom of the vase. Use floral wire or even dental floss to tie the stem to the washer. There! Now your flowers are secure.

Step 4 - Add Rocks & Fillers

Add rocks to the bottom of the vase to add texture, color, design (and to cover up the washers!) We love how clear rocks or beads go well with white and red flowers.

floating candle centerpiece ideas


Step 5 - Add Water & Candle

Carefully fill the vase with water, ensuring that you have added at least 2 inches of water above the flower for your candle. Then, get a tealight candle that’s almost the same width as the size of the opening of your vase and place it right in the center of your vase.

You’re done!

floating candle centerpieces with fake flowers 

Things To Watch Out For

Now that you know how to make your floating candle centerpiece with flowers, here are some things you should watch out for.

How Long Can Floating Candles Sit In Water

The floating candles should be fine sitting in water for as long as they intend to burn. Burn times can vary from 4-10 hours depending on the size of the candle. When the candle burns down, it will eventually sink and put itself out.

Can You Use Fake Flowers In Water Centerpieces

Yes! Although we recommend that you use fresh flowers for this project, artificial flowers can be used. The quality of artificial flowers varies greatly, so try and choose a good quality product. 

Because artificial flowers usually have coloring added to them, the dyes may seep into the water of your centerpiece.

How Long Can My Flowers Be Submerged For?

Flowers will actually do well underwater and will last for a week or two. However, it’s the water that will need to be changed. After only 2-3 days, the water in the vase will begin to get cloudy and dirty.

In this case, simply replace the water with new water, and, if possible, wash the fillers as well to remove any bacteria that might have accumulated on them.

Tips & Tricks For Making Floating Candle Centerpieces With Flowers

Use Real Rocks Or Stones As Fillers

Artificial rocks and stones are usually made of plastic or material that can float in water! Use real rocks to ensure that your fillers stay at the bottom of the vase where they should be.

Use Multiple Washers If Needed

As we mentioned previously, your washers should weigh 1-2 ounces in order to anchor the stems down. Larger stems will need heavier washers than thinner stems. If you have a large stem that needs a heavier washer, simply use 2 washers together to increase their total weight.

What If I Want My Flowers To Float?

Flowers may float or sink depending on the type of flower. If you want your flowers to float, try using wide, flat flowers such as Lilies or Daisies. Other types of flowers such as Roses may float for a little while, but will eventually sink to the bottom.

How Can I Make My Floating Candles Centerpieces With Flowers Last Longer

In the case that you are creating your centerpieces for an event and want them to last as long as possible, we recommend not filling the vase up with water all the way.

Add just a couple of inches of water to submerge the stems and to keep the flowers hydrated. Then fill it up completely about an hour before the start of your event to allow some time for any water bubbles to disappear. 

Inspirational Ideas For Candle And Flowers Centerpieces

There are so many floating candle centerpiece ideas that the possibilities are endless. Below are some of our favorite ones.

Floating Candle Centerpieces With Led Lights

One design possibility is to add led lights to the bottom of the vase, under the fillers, to illuminate the water and give it a wonderful glowing effect. You may need to use an adhesive such as superglue or double-sided tape to secure the led light to the bottom of the vase.

Floating Candle Centerpieces With Greenery

You don’t need to stop at flowers in your centerpiece. Leaves such as Hawaiian ti leaves are a popular choice for decorating the inside of your centerpiece. For large leaves, wrap them around themselves and glue with an adhesive so it doesn’t unravel. Then, using the wire, tie the leaf to a washer to secure it in place. Your ti leaf is ready to be placed in the vase!

Floating Candle Centerpieces With Pearls

Adding pearls to your centerpiece instead of rocks or stones is such an elegant and classy way to decorate a floating candle centerpiece. It’s also the go-to design idea for centerpieces at wedding ceremonies. The pearls come in different sizes and may sink, float, or both. If you want the pearls to float a certain way, string them on a wire so you can manually arrange them as you wish.

Now that you’re armed with all the knowledge you need for how to make floating candle centerpieces with flowers, go out there and give it your best shot! We’d love to see what you create, so when you’re done, post it on social media, and don’t forget to tag us. If you’re looking for more decor ideas to beautify your home, check out our blog post.