Antique Inspired Sugar Mold

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I love antique sugar molds but have not been able to find any in my area, so I decided to use the leftover ends from my son & new daughters wedding arch project to create some of my own.

I had some leftover drops from that project and knew they would be perfect for this one. I am a huge fan of creating new things from supplies leftover from other DIY projects. Doing so makes it possible for me to create on a budget.


  • 4x4 wooden post
  • 2 1/8" Forstner Bit
  • Table Saw & push stick
  • Miter Saw
  • Drill Press
  • Tape Measure
  • Square
  • 2"Dx2 3/8"H Glass Votive holders
  • Votive Candles (OR LED votive candles)

The first step was to cut the post to different lengths and then figure out how many holes I wanted in each of my sugar molds. We started by taking the measurement of the length & figured out how far from the end we wanted those holes. We decided to make them 1.5" from the ends and 1.75" is the middle of the 3.5" posts width. Then I decided how many holes to have based on the space between the two end holes.

TIP- Having the glass votives on hand at this stage is helpful if you can lay them out on the post prior to making any holes. If you've decided not to use the glass votive holders, then mark the center of each hole and make sure you like the placement before drilling the holes.

Once that is figured out, we took the glass votive holder and figured out how deep our hole needed to be.

The best part about using a drill press is that the hole will be perfectly straight and you can set the press to stop at your desired depth. Our specific votives are 2 3/8" H x 2" diameter so we set the depth at 2 3/8" deep.

TIP- This project can also be made without the glass votive holders & candles. You can also use LED battery powered votive candles.

Once all the holes are drilled it's time to cut the length of the posts at a 7 degree angle. You can adjust the tilt of your saw blade using the dial on the front of your table saw.

The first side will be easy to cut because you can use the holes in the top to hold the sugar mold while pushing it through the blade. To do the other side you need to flip it upside down and move your fence to the other side. This is where you will wan to use a push stick to keep your fingers/hands safely away from the blade.

Once the length is cut at 7 degrees it's time to move to the miter saw and cut the ends of the sugar mold, also at a 7 degree angle.

Once all the holes are drilled and the sides/ends are cut, you are ready to sand down any rough edges.

I wanted some of mine to look and feel antique and well used, so I grabbed a few tools and started to beat up the sugar molds.

Anything will work for this technique. I used and old chain, screwdrivers, rubber mallet, file and hammer.

I even used a scraper to peel some of the wooden edges to make it look well used and antique. Distress to your liking or skip this step all together.

I was able to make 5 separate sugar molds with different lengths and number of sugar mold holes. This smaller one has only one hole and was my test piece for stain and adding the distressing technique. I think it's cute and would be perfect on a small shelf or in a bathroom.

NOTE-- This specific mold has Minwax Special Walnut stain on it.

The following pictures will show you the versatility this project has and how you can get many different looks. You'll surely find one to fit your personal style.

This specific mold is 11 inches long, with 3 holes and stained in Minwax Ebony.

This mold is 31 inches, with 7 holes and finished in Minwax Special Walnut. As you can tell this one is much lighter than the 1 hole mold (pictured above). I used very little stain and wiped it off immediately after applying it.

These 2 molds are ones I left natural wood...for now. You could choose to paint them or stain them and add some watered down paint over for a more weathered look. They possibilities are endless.

Here is a photo of the 3 I finished with the real candles burning in them. I think they will be perfect to add to the cozy vibe I'm always after in our home.

Here is the one on my mantle. This is where I always pictured an old antique find. I'm happy I decided to stop looking and just made one. It gives me the same look I was after and a fraction of the cost.

You can also see why I used a light hand when staining this particular sugar mold. Our fireplace is also stained in Minwax Special Walnut and I did not want them to completely match. I also wanted the knots in the wood to stand out and they do that using less stain and wiping the excess immediately.

I hope you enjoyed the variety in the project! For those of you who want a more modern piece, I suggest making this project exactly the same way but leave the post square on all sides. That will lend to a more modern look and feel.

Suggested materials:

  • 4x4 post   (Home Depot)
  • Forstner Drill Bit   (Amazon)
  • Tape Measure   (Amazon)
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