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How to create an adorable candle from scratch using a silicone mould

Aug 08, 2023Aug 08, 2023

Getting playful with candles is my favourite thing to do, but I know prepping and demoulding unique shapes can be a bit of a challenge. So, I created a step-by-step tutorial on the best way to use a candle mould, including the sometimes tricky demoulding technique. I used a cute dog mould that I bought on Etsy, but there are lots of options you can purchase from different shops and makers online. Remember to check the product description before buying to ensure the silicone is safe for candlemaking. Watch the video below and then scroll down for the full how-to.

1. Use scissors to cut a wick that is about 8 inches longer than your mould requires.

2. Thread the wick through the small hole at the top of the mould so there's 4 inches of wick hanging out at both ends. Tweezers are a great option if you find it difficult to push the wick through using just your fingers. If your mould doesn't have a hole, you can carefully make a small one at the top using a needle or the tip of a knife.

3. Place your mould flat on a table, upside down, so the opening is facing upward.

4. Wrap elastic bands around the mould to secure it tightly and keep it from opening when the hot wax is added. Set aside.

1. Pour your unmelted wax into the pour pot (or heat-safe metal measuring cup).

2. Add water to a small pot until it's about one-third full. Bring to a boil. Place the pour pot in the boiling water to melt the wax. Or, if you're using a heat-safe metal measuring cup, place it directly on the burner. Wait 5-10 minutes or until the wax is liquefied/looks clear. You can gently stir with a wooden chopstick, if needed. (Handles on pour pots and heat-safe metal measuring cups are generally safe for holding, but we recommend using tongs or well-fitting oven mitts.)

3. Turn the burner off and remove the pour pot or measuring cup. Place it on a heat-safe surface.

4. Carefully pour the hot wax into your mould until it reaches the edge of the mould.

5. Place a clothespin on the edge of the mould to centre the wick and hold it in place. (Each side of the clothespin will be held up by the edge of the mould.) See video.

6. Wait at least 10 hours for the candle to cure. It's best to wait this long for a shaped candle with lots of detail to cure, no matter what type of wax you use. You want to make sure it's firm before demoulding.

7. Once your candle has cured, slowly stretch out the edges of the mould, pulling it away from the candle. Push the bottom of the mould with your thumbs to help loosen the candle and gently unravel the mould until the candle separates. It's very important to take your time with this process; it should take about 3-5 minutes, and the slower you stretch and unravel the mould, the better. You want to make sure the candle feels loose in the mould. If you're struggling to remove your candle, put the mould (with candle) in the freezer for about 45 minutes, and as soon as you take it out, try the process again.

8. Once you have the candle out of the mould, use scissors to trim the wick. Cut the top so it's about an inch long, then cut the bottom right at the end of the candle.

9. Lastly, you can decorate your candle to make it unique. I added a cute little pink nose using a small paintbrush and acrylic paint. Play around with adding details! If you have another type of candle mould with a unique shape, adding small rocks or colourful rhinestones can add to the look of your candle.

Note: Decorative items such as dried flowers, wood, herbs, stones or gemstones in very small amounts are safe to add to your candle but should never be added in large amounts that go over the wick. Using any of these in large quantities, or adding glitter or mica powder to the top of the candle, will not allow the wick to burn properly and could potentially be unsafe. Glitter and mica powder may cause the flame to extinguish on its own, causing the candle not to burn properly.

10. Now you've made the cutest dog candle from scratch! Adorable candles like this one can be hard to burn, but you can definitely light them! I recommend waiting 3 days before burning to ensure the candle is completely cured.

Veronica Gutierrez is the CEO and creative director of This Candle Is Lit, a creative candle studio located in Toronto. She began her journey by creating candles for her son's first birthday and is now working with brands to create unique pieces just for them! She also has her own line of candles and runs monthly candle workshops in the city. You can find her at and @thiscandle.islit.

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What you'll need:How to do it: Part 1 - Prepping the candle mouldPart 2 - Pouring and demoulding