Learn how to make decorative bowls from beeswax and pressed flowers with this natural craft project.
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I’m always looking for new beeswax projects to try because it’s such a lovely crafting material to work with. After testing out this tutorial for beeswax candle bowls, I went on to slightly adapt the project to accommodate plants instead. The only difference between the two is, for this one, I added drainage holes to the bowl. Truly, they could still be used for candles as well.
TUTORIAL: See how to make pressed flowers in minutes!
I’ve listed some beeswax suppliers here. You can find it online and from local apiaries.
The Water Balloon Method
The flower pots are made by repeatedly dipping water balloons in melted beeswax, gradually building up layers of wax. The first time I tried it, I was sure the balloon would pop, since the melted beeswax is just over 144F (62C), but there was no problem at all. I also thought the balloon might stick (too much) to the wax but, when the bowl was ready and I popped the balloon, it peeled away instantly. Pretty cool.
Pressed flowers are added, and sealed in place with another layer of wax. As mentioned, I wanted to use these as little, indoor flower pots so I made holes in the bottom to allow drainage. To do this, I placed the bowl on a piece of aluminum foil in a frying pan on low heat and melted it gently until a hole formed. Drilling might also work when the whole thing has hardened but I didn’t want to risk pressing on it too much.
Tutorial: How to make pressed flowers instantly
These flower pots are definitely strong enough for small plants and a lovely way to show off some pressed flowers. I think it would be fun to make a bunch with violet flowers to match my African violet collection.
The size and shape of this one is perfect for my mini orchid, allowing those crazy roots to spill over the top:
Any leftover beeswax can be used to make beeswax food wraps.
If you want to try this project, hop over to the instructions here. I followed them and had good results.
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛
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