How To Use Silicone Candle Molds Like A Pro

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If you’ve been making candles for a little while, you’ve probably stumbled upon silicone candle molds. I absolutely love making candles with these, so today I thought I’d show you how to use silicone candle molds like a pro.

They’re great fun, very easy to use and there’s a huge range to choose from. Christmas, Easter, and Halloween; name the occasion and they’ll be a mold to cover it.

candles made with silicon molds


Something to keep in mind if you are thinking of adding color and fragrance to your candles. As with many molds, scents and dyes will eventually seep into the silicon. This will pollute it and causes it to degrade.

Having said that, you should be able to produce half a dozen or so candles before they begin to deteriorate. You can pick them up rather cheaply on Amazon if you don’t mind waiting for shipping.

What I love the most about silicon mold candles is how creative and amazing they are for such little effort. They’re pretty much the same as any other molds, with a few more steps. Nevertheless, the beautiful patterns and shapes you can make with only a couple more steps are definitely worth it!

Buying Silicon Candle Molds

  • Always ask for the size of the finished candle as this can differ dramatically from the size of the mold. I’ve fallen into that trap on many occasions. You’ve been waiting for 2 or 3 weeks for your amazing mold to arrive and it makes a candle only 2 inches high! Very disappointing!
  • Some silicon molds, usually the more expensive and better quality ones, have a slit down the side of the mold for easy removal. Don’t worry if the one you are using doesn’t.  You can easily do this yourself with a sharp craft knife or razor blade and your mold will still be usable afterward. See step 9 on how to do this.
  • Some candlemakers recommend using a candle release spray to help remove the finished candle from the mold. Although this can be beneficial, this doesn’t have a 100% success rate and can affect the shelf life of your mold. Always check with the seller before using.
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How To Use Silicone Candle Molds Like A Pro

I absolutely love making candles using molds, so I thought I'd show you how to use silicone candle molds like a pro, they look so creative for little effort.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Author: Angela Wills

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  • Thread the needle with the wick. Making sure you have enough for the candle plus extra to wrap around the wick holder. Thread the needle and wick through the hole in the mold.
    If your mold doesn’t have a hole for the wick you will need to create one. Find the center of the mold and pierce a hole with the wick needle.
    Start by wicking your mold, you will need to use a wicking needle to pierce through the silicon
  • Pull the needle completely through the mold dragging the wick into place with it. You can thread from the outside or inside, whichever you feel more confident in doing.
    You may need to use a wick sealant or white tac, which should keep any of the wax from seeping out. I have found that the sealant doesn’t stick all that well to the silicon, but do the best you can.
    Make sure to use some candle sealant to ensure no leaks
  • Find a suitable container to suspend the mold in. I usually find a glass or a couple of books good for this. If your mold has slits running down the sides for easy removal, place a couple of elastic bands around it so that it fits back together nice and snug.
    Once your mold is stable, straighten and fix the wick in place by wrapping it around Wick holder or as in my case a piece of bamboo. You may need to secure it with some sticky tape.
    I like to use a glass to ensure stability, as well as a thin stick, pencil or wick holder to keep the wick in place
  • Place your wax into a double boiler, if you don’t have a double boiler put a pan half-filled with water to boil on the stove.
    You will need to estimate the amount of wax depending on the size of your mold, but if in doubt go with more rather than less.
    Once the water is boiling, turn down the heat so it is only simmering and place a metal or heatproof glass bowl on the rim of the pan so that the base is only just touching the water.
    how to use silicon candle molds step 4: Melt your wax with a double boiler
  • When your wax has melted and totally transparent, remove it from the heat, add your color.
    If you compare the amount of dye I have added here to the picture below, you can see that a small bit of dye can go a long way. Try to be conservative with your dye. You can always add more but you can never take back what you’ve already added.
    Once your wax has melted, add your dye
  • Then, add your fragrance. You can use either an essential oil or a fragrance oil. I prefer to use a fragrance oil in my candles, as essential oils are more expensive and better used in skincare products.
    I’m using a lovely jasmine fragrance oil for my candle today, I use around 5% of the weight of my wax
    Then you can add your fragrance
  • To reduce any air bubbles forming pour your wax slowly into the mold, then set aside until solid. As your wax hardens you may notice it begin to sink. Don’t worry if this happens as it’s completely normal.
    Pour the wax into your mold, holding a few inches back for later
  • An hour or two after pouring the wax (this would depend on the size of the mold and the amount of wax used. Re-melt any leftover wax and top up any sinkholes that have formed in the candle.
    To fix sinkholes, use the remainder of your wax after the wax in your mold has hardened over a few hours
  • Once the wax has cooled and hardened it’s time to remove it from the wax. If your mold already has slits running down the sides of the mold you should be able to easily remove the candle.
    If not you will have to carefully make the cuts yourself with a sharp craft knife or razor blade. You will need to cut about halfway up the mold and all the way through to the candle until it can be eased out. I do about 3 or 4 cuts around the mold.
    Use a craft knife to cut your candle out of the mold, you can use rubber bands to keep it together and use it again
  • The mold is still usable after being cut, just place a couple of rubber bands around it so that it fits back together nice and snug and you are good to go.
    how to use silicon candle molds step 9a: You can use your mold again by tying a rubber band around it
  • I like to leave a candle 24 hours after I've removed it from the mold. This just makes sure the wax is completely settled.
    Leave your candle 24 hours before lighting
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Silicon Candle Molds With Beeswax

As beeswax is a beautiful natural wax I don’t like to use synthetic fragrance oils to scent my candles. Generally, essential oils are a fair bit more expensive than fragrance oils but you don’t need to break the bank here.

Beeswax is quite expensive, so we tend not to make very large candles out of it, which means you won’t need to add as much oil for a nice scent. Shop around and use the ones that are reasonably priced. Beeswax actually has its own honey-like aroma, so maybe you won’t need to add a fragrance at all.

what you need to make beeswax candles using silicon molds

I’ve added sweet orange essential oil mixed with the natural mild scent of honey carried by the beeswax, it makes the room smell lovely. Lavender essential oil also works well in beeswax and has the added bonus of relaxation and meditation for a truly wonderful experience.

You could also omit the fragrance completely, therefore allowing the natural fragrance of the wax to take center stage.

This beeswax candle has been made in exactly the same way as the pillar wax rose above with a tsp of essential oil for every 200g (7oz) of wax. So I don’t end up repeating myself too much, I’ll be showing you how I made this mainly through pictures. If anything seems vague, just have another read through my in-depth guide above and it should clear everything up.

Step1 Wick your mold using a wicking needle as we discussed above.

Wicking a candle mold

Step3 Stabilize your mold and use a pencil, wicking needle or piece of bamboo to hold the wick in place.

Stabilizing a candle mold by using a wicking needle to hold the wick in place.

Step3 Add any color and fragrance oil (note that I am not using a dye for this candle).

Adding color and fragrance oil

Step4 Pour your wax, remembering to pour slowly to reduce bubbles.

wax poured into a silicon candle mold

Step5 Remove your candle from the mold using the technique I discussed above.

beeswax candle made using a silicon candle mold

I hope you’ve found my post on how to use silicon candle molds informative. I also hope you enjoy making them as much as I did. Let me know in the comments section below how you got on. I’ll do my best to answer any of your questions, so go ahead and post them in the comments section below!

Discussion (67 Comments)

  1. Hello my name is Pamela,thank you for instructions on how to use silicon molds and how to place wicks. my question is what if you don’t have a wick needle, what can I use to thread the wick into my mold

    • Honestly I’d get yourself one, especially if you’re planning to work with silicon candle molds. You could experiment with using a thin blade (something like an exacto knife), then trying to poke the wick through. But I imagine that’ll be much more difficult than parting with $7 for a wicking needle on amazon.

  2. Hello Angela

    Lovely tutorial, thankyou so much.. I have made loads of melts and candles in jars, I want to try something different, especially for next christmas.

    As you know, when you make container candles in jars… the wick corresponds to the size of the jar

    How would you know which wick to use?

    I am thinking of buying several different styles of mould.. but not sure how to wick them.. on this occasion.

    Would you be able to help me with that please?5 stars

  3. I just wanted to say thank you for the detailed directions! I have all of the materials and am going to give it a try this weekend.5 stars

  4. I am attempting to embed an opaque medallion on the side of a square paraffin candle this I so as the candle burns down the light will shine through it. I want to make 8 for my son’s funeral. I have everything I need just not sure how to attach the medallion

    • While I haven’t tried this myself, I would try to melt some of the wax on the side of the pillar candle and then push it into the softened wax. Allow to harden somewhere cool.

      I hope this helps, and I’m very sorry about the loss of your son. I hope this candle brings you comfort.

    • Hi Lisa,

      This is tricky because candles that are expected to support their own weight (e.g. a pillar or one that doesn’t sit in a jar) need to have certain types of wax blends so that they’re strong enough to do this. Wax melts, from my experience, are largely soy or soft paraffin blends (to make them easier to melt quickly) meaning they’re not that suitable for this. However, you could make a container candle out of them, that would be no problem but it would melt faster than a regular soy blend. Hope this helps! 😀

  5. My problem seems to be getting the bottoms level on the candles-the wick seems to
    be in the way. I’ve tried using a honey knife to smooth the bottoms of the candles but is there any other method I can use that works or do Ijust need to have crooked candles?

  6. Do you have any suggestions for stabilizing the open end of the mold? I have some silicone molds that are round on the top of the candle, but when I pour the wax, the open ends becomes oval shaped, making the bottom of the candle oval.

  7. What do you do with the bottom of the candle to prevent fire. With nothing holding up the wick, in a pillar, it eventually falls and is a fire hazard.

  8. Hi Angela, how would you suggest to keep the wick attached to whatever container is used when all the wax melts around it, without it tipping into the wax and going out? Thank you, Jan

    • Hi Jan,

      With a solid container made of glass, I usually use a wick sustainer that I will stick to the inside base of the glass with a glue gun. Then, I hold everything in place with a wick stabilizer, but a popsicle stick with a hole in it works too (as does a pencil if you wrap the wick around it).

      You won’t be able to use a wick sustainer for a silicon candle, but you should be able to use the stabilizer.

  9. Thank you for this detailed info. For Christmas, I will be making candles out of wax from my honey bees!! I have the wax, the wicks and the silicone molds; just need to get thru Thanksgiving then I will give it a try!5 stars

    • Hi Dawn,

      Those sound like such lovely thoughtful gifts. I know I’d appreciate them, especially as beeswax candles are extra special. Wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving!


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