Silicone molds are a baking staple, but there’s so much more that you can do with them out of your kitchen.
If you have kids, you can get creative using silicone molds to make “plastic”, crayons, DIY bath bombs, soaps, jewelry, magnets, and much more.
Silicone molds are widely available, but what if you’re looking for a specific style or pattern?
This guide will teach you how to make your own silicone molds. You can get as creative as you like, you just need a few basic ingredients to get started.
We’ll be following the instructions provided in a YouTube video by CraftyLefty. The full video is available to watch at the end of this article.
First, you’ll need some pieces you want to mold, and a container for the silicone.
CraftyLefty has ghost and coffin shapes for her molds, but you can use whatever you want. She uses cookie cutters, both metal and plastic, for her containers.
Arrange your pieces inside your container. It’s important to place these exactly where you want them in the mold.
Use clear sticky tape to line the bottom of your container, sticky side up.
Add your pieces, pressing them down onto the sticky tape, and use a cloth to wipe away any fingerprints. Use a hot glue gun and run it around the outer edges of your container to secure it to the tape.
Next, take your silicone and measure it according to the instructions on the container. CraftyLefty uses 5 ounces of silicone at a time.
Thoroughly mix your silicone for around three and a half minutes.
Pour the silicone into the mold until the entire surface is covered. You may notice air bubbles at this point. CraftyLefty recommends storing your molds in the fridge, which should get rid of any trapped air.
You can also use a toothpick or another thin, sharp object to pop bubbles.
If you have any smaller indents, for example, CraftyLefty’s ghost figures have eyes and mouths, a toothpick is useful for pressing the silicone into these indents to get the full shape.
After a couple of hours of refrigeration, your silicone molds should be bubble-free.
They will still need a few more hours of curing. Refrigeration can extend cure time, so it’s worth leaving them out of the fridge for the rest of the day.
Return to your molds after several more hours.
If the surface of the mold is hard, you can peel away the sticky tape.
The hot glue should also be easy to pull away from around the edge of the mold container.
Finally, pop the mold out of the container.
Pop the plastic or glass shapes out of the molds. You should be left with perfect imprints from these shapes.
You could really have some fun here, using whichever shapes you wanted for your molds. From seasonal shapes to animals, nature scenes, and food shapes, there are plenty of options to choose from.
If you’re more of a visual learner, you can see CraftyLefty’s full tutorial below!
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