What can I use for Candle Molds?

Over the next few days I'll be covering candle making starting with finding candle molds, setting up a double boiler for melting wax and preparing your wicks. I'll finish with a few candle projects to get you inspired including my Birthday Cupcake candles which you can make with a few everyday items around your house - no need to rush and and buy anything from a specialist store!

You can use many everyday items for candle molds. The key thing is to find objects that are heatproof (so they don't melt under the hot wax), watertight (so the wax doesn't leak out) and flexible enough for the object to be removed if needed. If you plan to remove the candle from the mold remember the top of the mold (the opening) needs to be wider than the bottom!

Candle made inside a recycled candy tin with leaf decorations made in a chocolate mold


For molds you plan to take the candle out of try:

  • Plastic food containers such as yogurt pottles and cut down milk cartons
  • Silicone cupcake and chocolate moulds
  • Semi-flexible plastic containers (see my cat food dish floating candles)
  • Silicone or non-stick muffin tins

Silicone mold used for making candles


If you plan to leave the candle in it's mold look for heatproof (ovenproof) dishes such as:

  • Teacups and saucers
  • Soy sauce dishes or ramekins
  • Glass Jars
  • Thick (dishwasher proof) drinking glasses
  • Tins
  • Terracotta plant pots (obviously ones without holes, or plug them up!)
  • Reuse old tea lite jars

Glass jar used as a candle mold. Remember to never leave a burning candle unattended.


General Safety Warning:
Stoves are hot and stuff! Don't burn yourself on them because the smell of burning flesh is iccky.  If you burn yourself put the burnt area under cold water for 10 minutes but no longer than 20 minutes and seek medical help. You may also wish to hire someone to supervise you in the future. 

General Safety Warning 2: Candles are hot! The are flamey and have burny bits. Never leave a candle unattended or your dinner guests may place "napkin chicken" accross the table whereby they set fire to your $20 paper napkins and throw them across the table - the looser is the one who catches fire before someone can put out the flames with the Moet you were saving to impress your inlaws...

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