How to Make Glittering Goblets for Floating Candles

Glittering goblets alight with floating candles create a festive atmosphere to any holiday gathering. Rimmed with gold glitter and brimming with colored water, these goblets are the prefect container for floating miniature candles. Make them from an assortment of clear goblets for a sparkling holiday display.


Step 1

Select clear goblets that have a decorative stem and a bell shaped body. Choose several different designs that have varying heights to create depth and interest to your display. Consider adding smaller goblets with miniature floating candles. You can often find inexpensive goblets at the dollar store.

Step 2

Thoroughly wash and dry the goblets. Pour gold glitter into a shallow bowl or plate. Apply a thin strip of white craft glue around the rim of the goblet. Press the goblet into the glitter. Remove and shake gently to get rid of any excess glitter. Set aside to dry.

Step 3

Make your own floating candles by melting paraffin wax over a double boiler. Use a disposable tin can set inside a large pan of boiling water for a quick double burner that you won't have to clean up afterward. Break the paraffin into small chunks and heat until melted. Coat a small muffin pan or other mold that is larger at the top than at the base with vegetable oil to make removal quick and easy. Pour the melted wax into the mold and allow it to cool until a skin has formed over the top. Insert a section of pre-waxed wick into the center of the candle. Sprinkle with a pinch of glitter. Allow it to cool completely.

Step 4

Fill the goblet to 1 ½ inches from the rim with water. Add red or green food coloring to create rich holiday colors. Rich bright blue is also striking with a white floating candle.

Step 5

Add the floating candle and light for a sparkling display. Add tiny bits of evergreen or scatter glitter on the water. Arrange as a centerpiece among fresh evergreens or Christmas bouquets. Set several on top of a mirror to increase sparkle and shine or display on a mantle for an impressive display.

Tips and Warnings

Purchase floating candles at a craft store if desired. Never heat wax directly over the burner as it can ignite with very little warning.

Things You'll Need

Clear goblets, White glue, Gold glitter, Food coloring, Floating candles , Paraffin wax (optional), Pre-waxed wick (optional), Mini muffin tin (optional), Evergreens

About this Author

Nannette Richford is an avid gardener, teacher and nature enthusiast with 4 years experience in online writing and a lifetime of personal journals. She is published on various sites, including Associated Content. Richford holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from the University of Maine Orono and certifications in 7-12 English, K-8 General Elementary and Birth to age 5.

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