MedSoc's DIY Candles

How to make Succulent Candles with MedSoc

Have a great time and relax while upscaling generic, pillar candles into DIY succulents and cactus candles. The team at MedSoc knows that studying for uni can get quite stressful at times, particularly during isolation. This project is a fun and cheap way to de-stress, especially if using calming scented candles or essential oils like lavender or lemongrass. It can be done at home by yourself or with friends with the materials already found in most homes.

So, if you need a break from studying or want an activity to do with your friends, Rachel, treasurer for MedSoc will be showing you how to turn boring, old candles into cute succulent candles!

Equipment and materials

  • Succulent/cactus moulds (can use any mould)
  • 1 green pillar candle (scented)
  • 1 white pillar candle (unscented)
  • Heat resistant glass jars
  • Lighter
  • Metal rod/needle/pin
  • Metal knife/ vegetable peeler (optional)
  • Microwavable container


  1. Flame the metal knife for a few seconds until hot and chop down the green candle into thin pieces, taking care to avoid cutting the wick. If the candle is too solid, a vegetable peeler can be used to slice into smaller pieces before using the knife. Gently wiggle the wick out from the candle and save for later.
  2. Place chopped candle into the microwavable container and heat for approximately 5 minutes or until the candle has fully melted, checking and stirring every 1 minute.
  3. Working quickly, pour the melted, green wax into the silicone moulds and leave to harden for at least 45 minutes (depending on mould size, setting times may vary). Once set, gently remove the hardened green wax from the mould to reveal the new succulent/cactus shape.
  4. While setting, repeat steps 1-2 using the white candle.
  5. Pour the melted, white wax into the heat resistant glass jars and leave to set for at least 30 minutes (depending on jar size, setting times may vary).
  6. Heat the needle/metal rod/pin for a few seconds using the lighter (Please make sure to use appropriate safety equipment while doing this. Do not hold any part of the metal with your bare hands)  and press through the centre of the green succulent candles, making a hole big enough to fit the wick through. Repeat for the white candle base in the glass jars.
  7. Trim the wick to size and thread through the candle, making sure it is long enough to touch the base of the jar.
  8. With the wick threaded through the succulent, flame the bottom of the succulent and quickly press it into the white base to make them attach. Alternatively, the white candle base can be flamed if the container permits. Hold firmly in place for 30 seconds.
  9. Now the candle can be used!

Leftover candle/melted wax can be saved and used again for other candle making projects.
To clean melted wax from surfaces, use a cloth/paper towel soaked in hot, soapy water. The wax will melt off the surfaces, making it easier to clean.

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