Yes, you can make candle molds from vegetables and fruits. Let’s explore that in our article below.
- Fruit or vegetable whose shape you want to transform into a candle. You can pick an apple, gourd, or pear.
- A piece of wood, about one inch thick, one inch wide, and big enough to fit across the roof of the container.
- A plastic container that is big enough to hold the fruit/veggies with at least a couple of inches on each side.
- A screw.
- Mold-making polymer epoxy. Often comes as two liquids that you mix together.
- Wax scent
- Wax dye
- stick or dowel that is big enough to fit over the head of the container
- Wick that has been primed
- Begin this DIY by making a base to hold the fruit or vegetable. Drill a tiny hole in the wood to get the screw inside. Then insert the screw into the center, and twist the wood onto the screw until it is as far towards the head of the screw as possible.
- Now, take the vegetable’s base (which will become the foundation of the candle) and twist it onto the screw until there is about an inch and a half of gap between the wood and the produce. You don’t want to simply pierce the vegetable, because you want the vegetable to be held solidly and steadily by the base. You don’t want it to fall off the screw or spin freely.
- Remove and clean any juices that may have come out of the vegetable due to the screw insertion. You want the vegetable’s surface to be dry and clean.
- Set the wood on the top of the container so that the vegetable is insid. It should not touch the walls or the bottom.
- Use clear tape to stick the wood base to the container. You don’t want the fruits/veggies to be able to wobble around or float skyward once the epoxy is poured.
- Now, mix the epoxy. Slowly pour it into the container, all around the vegetable. Maintain laminar flow so that you don’t get any unwanted bubbles.
- You may want to keep about a 2-inch area of vegetables unsealed. You do this for a couple of reasons. First, this will be the hole into which you will pour the wax. Second, this will make up the candle base, and you need it to be big enough to support the candle.
- Let the epoxy cure for around an hour.
- Remove the vegetable and epoxy from the plastic container. Cut down one side of the epoxy and around the bottom just to the center. This will allow you to remove the vegetable.
- Insert the wick at the mold base in the center. Let some inches (around four maybe) poke out. This is going to be the top of your candle, so do get the candlewick well-centered.
- Put the epoxy mold back into the container. Wrap the other end of the wick around the tiny stick so that it is upright and taut going through the center.
- Melt the wax. Add temperature and color at the appropriate temperatures. Put the molten wax into a clean pouring pot. Pour the molten wax into the mold opening, filling it up. You may need to reflow the top surface.
- Let the wax cool for a day.
- Remove the candle, and trim the wick.
Your candle molds are ready.