Make Vintage Bottle Candles

Learn how to make authentic vintage bottle candles with this easy video tutorial.
Learn how to make authentic vintage bottle candles with this easy video tutorial.
Cut 4 pieces of cardboard to create a rectangle. This rectangle should be 1" larger than your bottle in all dimensions. This will ensure that your mold will be strong enough to retain it's shape.
Then tape the sides together with packing tape. I recommend taping both sides (outside and inside) with tape. You'll be pouring liquid into this and you don't want it leaking out!
Put a cork in the bottle and hot glue gun it upside down to a piece of cardboard.
Take the rectangle we made in step one and place it over the bottle. Seal with hot glue.
This is the easiest step EVER. Just mix equal parts A and B together in a bowl until well combined. There are lots of different types of silicone out there. I got this kit on Amazon for about $30.
Make sure to pour the silicone in at an angle to avoid creating air bubbles. Let your mold harden for at least 6 hours but preferably overnight.
(I'd recommend watching the video to really understand how to do this step -- It's much clearer then photos.) When cutting through the silicone use a sharp exacto or scalpel. Do not just cut a straight line. Remember, you'll be pouring hot liquid wax inside so try and cut in a zig zag pattern. Then remove the bottle.
It's SUPER important to choose the right wick size for your object. Use a wick guide from your preferred candle seller. I like to use Candle Science. They're very knowledgeable and have great products. Based on the diameter of your bottle you'll use a different type of wick.
I poked a hole in the bottom of my mold (in the center) and threaded the wick through. To secure the wick in place you can tape the bottom down and use chopsticks to secure the top. Do all of this before melting your wax.
You should use parafin (not soy) wax for this project. Parafin wax is best for pillar candles, like this one. Melt the wax down in a double boiler and pour into mold.
Note: I also secured the sides of my molds with rubber bands and tape. Nothing leaked out, so ultimately it wasn't necessary, but do this step over a lipped cookie sheet just in case you have spills!
Definitely the most fun and rewarding step! Time to take the candle out!
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  • Christine Ell Christine Ell on Jan 06, 2018
    what the name to make a silicone that you mix A & B?

  • Cindymamabear Cindymamabear on Feb 05, 2018
    would a 1/2 gallon milk carton work to make the mold in?

  • Bet8330928 Bet8330928 on Aug 13, 2021

    Can you use soy wax?

    understand the reason to use paraffin, but would rather use soy….great idea!


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  • Helen Helen on Oct 31, 2019

    This is a great project to make a really unique candle. The instructions are clearly given. The photos are comprehensive. It is the responsibility of the end user to safely light and display it. It wasn’t touted as a budget craft. If it’s not your cup of tea please scroll on ladies😘

  • Rickard Rickard on Mar 17, 2020

    Nice idea for a mold.