Mushroom Candle Making Project

By Bob Sherman

I originally published this project in 1998 and have rewritten and modernized it to fit this site. This technique uses sand casting to create an interesting texture and does not require a mold.

Most of the candle making supplies needed can be ordered directly from this page for your convenience.

PLEASE NOTE!! - Candle making can be dangerous if proper safety procedures are not followed. Please read these Safety Rules before attempting any candle making projects.

The same formula is used for this entire candle. The following formula works well for this.

Candle Making Supplies

The following candle making supplies and other materials were used to make this candle. Clicking on the item name will bring you to that item's page with a full description and ordering information.

Item Amount Used
140 Melt Point Paraffin Wax Enough to fill your mold twice (once per color).
Vybar 103 1 level teaspoon per pound of wax.

Scent Oil

Optional. 1 ounce per pound of wax.
Tray of Sand A plastic shoe box was used here. I used construction grade sand, but play sand works well also.
Melting / Pouring Pot Minimum one. One for each color is more convenient.
Thermometer One
Dyes This looks best when made in contrasting colors.
Wick Sized to fit your candle diameter and wax formula.
Votive Mold One. Used to make the stem. Any similar shaped object may be substituted.
Glass Bowl One. Used to form the mushroom cap.
Heat Gun The type used for stripping paint - from the hardware store. If you prefer, a propane torch may be used.
Metal Rods Two, approximately 6 inches long. Heavy metal wire or rod is used to make the wick holes.

Step By Step Instructions

1. The sand is prepared by stirring in water until the sand is wet enough to hold its shape. Level and smooth the surface of the sand. 2. Press the bowl into the sand to form the cavity for the cap.
3. Repeat with the votive mold several inches away from the cavity made in step 2. 4. The 2 mold cavities ready for use.
5. Position a metal rod vertically in the center of both cavities. 6. The wax is poured at 160 degrees F. Important! - pouring too hot will cause the sand to adhere to the wax. NOTE! - Melting wax can be dangerous if not done properly. Please read the Safety Rules before beginning this step or continuing.
7. Once fully hardened, remove the two pieces from the sand. Pull the metal rods out and brush off any sand that has adhered to the wax. 8. Use a heated pan or electric griddle to level the top of the stem. This will allow a better bond to the cap.

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Disclaimer: The information presented here is accurate to the best of my knowledge and common candle making practices as of the time of this writing Originally published in 1998 and updated in July 2006 and July 2011. The author and the publisher accept no liability for the use or misuse of any of the information presented in this article. This article is presented for informational purposes and is used at your own risk.

Author: Bob Sherman

Publisher: Bobby's Craft Boutique Inc.

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