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Make Beautiful, Wintry Luminaries With Just A Balloon And Some Wax

NOVEMBER 30, 2015  —  By Amanda Black  
Amanda Black

Amanda Black

Amanda hails from the great state of Maine. In the past, she's written for sites like TheKnot.com, ShermansTravel.com, and Thrillist.com. On ViralNova, you can catch her covering animal cuteness, travel, DIY tricks, and everything in between!

The holidays may have come out of nowhere, but wintry weather is certainly taking its sweet time to arrive. If you'd like your home to feel more cozy in preparation for the winter chill to come, these simple and absolutely beautiful luminaries are sure to do just the trick. All you need are a few ingredients to make them in your own kitchen!

First things first: set up your workspace.

Tape down a sheet of wax paper -- this is where your luminaries will dry.

Melt wax either in a double boiler or the microwave.

Heat on medium-low, stirring constantly. When the wax is almost all melted, remove it from the heat and mix until everything is melted. If you use the microwave, heat in 30-second increments, stirring in between.

Fill a balloon up about 2/3 of the way.

Wearing a rubber glove for protection, dip your water balloon in the wax.

Remove it and dip multiple times to build up a thicker layer.

Put the balloon tie-side down on the wax paper and allow for 24 to 48 hours of drying.

When you're sure it's hardened, pop the balloon with a pin.

Remove the excess rubber...

And place a tealight candle inside!

(source wikiHow)

How elegant are those? It's feeling more like winter already!