Vintage Sugar Mold Tea Light Candle Holder

May 15, 2023

Have you ever seen a vintage wooden sugar mold? Not everyone knows what that is. Today I'm sharing how I styled my vintage wooden sugar mold as a centerpiece on our farmhouse table, along with tips for where to buy affordable votive candles, glass votive candle holders and/or battery-operated votives to complete the look.  

vintage sugar mold centerpiece on farmhouse table

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wooden sugar mold glass candle inserts

I've been in love with these vintage sugar molds for as long as I can remember. While this one isn't vintage, mine is. This one sells for $42. The candles and glass inserts are not included.

I picked up my 12-hole vintage sugar mold at a vintage fair a few years ago for around $20.00. That was the cheapest I'd ever seen a sugar mold of that size so I jumped on it.

white painted sugar mold mini pumpkins

Prior to buying the 12-hole sugar mold, I had a smaller, 4-hole sugar mold, which I love.   

velvet pumpkins white sugar mold

While sugar molds make great tealight candle holders, I also enjoy filling mine with other things, like these faux mini baby boo pumpkins I shared in Thrill of the Hunt #120. 

sugar mold candles

But back to the tealights. In order to safely burn wax tea lights in the wooden sugar mold, you need glass inserts to hold the candles. (In addition, the openings are so deep that a small tealight without a glass insert gets swallowed up.)  

Lucky for me I remembered seeing tealight candle holders at Dollar Tree. 

4 glass tea light holders

So I went back and hit the jackpot. Dollar Tree packages the clear glass tealight candle holders by 4's, so I got all 12 for $3.75! It goes without saying that when I got home and found out they were a perfect fit for the sugar mold I was ecstatic.

farmhouse dinner table lemon pitcher blue flower plates

It was almost as if they were made just for the sugar mold!

24 warm yellow tea lights with timer

While it's ok to use real tealights as long as you have glass tealight holders, I still wanted some remote-controlled LED tealights to make things simpler. But frugal shopper that I am, I just couldn't bring myself to pay the extra money for the convenience of a remote. So I went for the next best thing -- 24 LED warm yellow tealights with a timer for 6 hours on and 18 hours off.    

sugar mold filled with warm yellow tea lights centerpiece

I set the tealights to come on at dusk.

vintage wooden sugar mold warm yellow tea lights with timer

farmhouse table boxwood candle ring blue plates lemons pitcher sugar mold

I couldn't be happier with how the tealights fit and looked inside the sugar mold.   

mother of pearl handled cutlery blue floral plate faux lemon wood bead napkin holder water hyacinth charger

These are Royal Norfolk Blue dinner plates from Dollar Tree. I love the combination of the blue plates and bright yellow lemons at each place setting. The plates are sitting on my favorite round woven hyacinth placemats. The wood bead napkin rings were a DIY I created for my Easter tablescape. 

For now I'm happy with my 6 hours on/18 hours off tealights, but I may eventually purchase the Homemory Flickering Flameless Candle With Remote. Whichever type of tealights you prefer, I hope you find your own sugar mold to fill with candles!

Well, that's it for today, friends!

I hope you've enjoyed reading about my 

Sugar Mold Tealight Candle Holder 

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Ann said...

I just love your sugar mold, Kathleen. It makes the perfect centerpiece!

Junkchiccottage said...

LOL I learned something new. I did not know that these beautiful wood candle holders were actually sugar molds. Yours makes a great centerpiece. Hope you had a great Mother's Day. Have a wonderful week. Hugs. Kris

Allyson @ Southern Sunflowers said...

Your vintage mold looks great as a centerpiece! What are the odds Dollar Tree votive holders would fit a vintage piece? I guess luck was on your side!

Anonymous said...

How come I have never even heard of a sugar mold before? I have umpteen copper jello molds, reproduction butter molds and a big tote of cooky cutters! I think I need one. I love how you styled yours. I, too, love those glass candle cups--put them in the freezer and easily knife the burned down candle out! Those lemons against the blue and white dishes are fabulous! Kathy A

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