Introduction: Dynamite Candle Holder

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In this instructable I'm going to show you how to make a candle holder for tealights, that looks like a dynamite stick.

Just in case you are wondering, dynamite and TNT are not the same thing. It's a common misconception, that is just plain wrong. Dynamite was invented in 1867 by the Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel, while TNT was invented in 1863 by the German chemist Joseph Wilbrand. Whilst Dynamite is simply nitroglycerin in a more convenient form, TNT is Trinitrotoluene, so the two are two totally different chemical compounds. The stuff formed into short sticks and wrapped in paper is actually dynamit, not TNT... From now on should somebody sing "Cause I'm T.N.T., I'm dynamite" or should you see a TNT stick shown in a cartoon, you will know better.

Now that I got that off my chest ;-) let's go back to the project. The idea is not new, I've seen a "TNT" candle as part of the Red Dead Redemption merchandise and after searching a bit I found a version very similar to the one I had in mind at Meninos. What bothered me about it though, other than of course it saying "TNT" on it was the shiny finish. So I decided to make my own version.

Step 1: Stuff You Need

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  • Wooden pole (Ø 42 mm; at least 60 cm long)
  • Tea lights (preferably black)
  • Red and black paint, paint brush
  • (Primer)
  • Sanding Paper
  • Black tape
  • Masking tape

  • Drill (a vice is certainly helpful)
  • Forstner drill bit (38mm)
  • Saw

Step 2:

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Start by cutting the pole to the length you would like your sticks to be. Mine are 21 cm. I taped them together to make sure that they were all the same length and sanded them that way.

To make sure that your holes are perfectly centred, you will have to find the middle of each stick. Make sure to be thorough, since there is not much clearance. Start by drawing a line across the circle, as shown in the second picture of this step. Find its centre and draw a second line perpendicular to the first one, as shown in the third picture. Repeat this process, to get a better result. If you did get what I was trying to explain, here is a whole instructable on how to find the centre of a circle.

Since I my drill press wasn't strong enough to drill into the pole, I had to use a vice and my normal drill. Thankfully this worked rather well. The 38 mm hole will be a very tight fit, because the tea lights have a diameter of 38 mm. So you will probably have to widen it a bit with sanding paper, or a Dremel, should you have one.

Step 3:

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Though priming the pieces is optional, you should do so to get a better result. As you can see, I started with spraying the top black. I didn't bother using masking tape, because I didn't wanted the end result to look perfect.
Afterwards I painted the sticks red and tried not to cover the black entirely, to give them a kind of a dirty look.

I chose this font to write "Dynamit" (which is Swedish and German for dynamite), and cut the letters out of masking tape. Then I spray painted them black.

Before using the black tape, I used the masking tape to hold the sticks together, as shown in the last picture. This will allow you, to work more precise.


DuctOutDog (author)2013-12-30

Thanks! I'm kinda a beginner with stencils.

DuctOutDog (author)2013-12-29

How exactly did u cut the stencil out on the masking tape ?

BrittLiv (author)DuctOutDog2013-12-30

I stuck it to a thin plastic film and used a box cutter to cut out the letters (I traced the lines through a paper with a pencil, so that I could see where I had to cut). Afterwards I transferred it to the wood.

HaGue (author)2013-12-13

VERY cool work!!!

Advar (author)2013-11-16

Nice! Great gift to make for a survivalist, anarchist, menanite,...
Really though, creative and easy. Great! :)

Lucky7x7 (author)2013-07-01

You really have some great instructables! keep it up. i love quality projects pushes me to step my game up.

BrittLiv (author)Lucky7x72013-07-01

Thank you, this means a lot! I am happy you like my work!

AJMansfield (author)2013-04-25

You should make your own candles for this, and add magnesium filings to the wax so the candle will spark.

AJMansfield (author)AJMansfield2013-04-25

Or you could weave magnesium strands in with the cotton wick fibers, but that'd take a long time.

Igloo Studio (author)2013-04-02

Great idea!
I know its insane but, it makes me feel uneasy. I feel like its about to blow up! stupid i know. Am i the only one?

BrittLiv (author)Igloo Studio2013-04-03

Thank you, putting a sparkler in it, makes it even more unsettling.

AJMansfield (author)BrittLiv2013-04-25

Magnesium filings in candle wax is cheaper (if you do it right) and burns longer.

Master97865 (author)2013-04-16

I thought you would get some metal tubes and put wax in it with a wick and spray paint it. Cool though ^_^

Jakwiebus (author)2013-04-07

HAHA!! Awesome! This is the coolest idea I've seen this week :D
good thinking

Eh Lie Us! (author)2013-04-04

Right on. I was expecting a PVC pipe or something full of wax but fostner drilled dowels? Man, you got moxie!!

[Digital High-5!]

MissouriVillian (author)2013-03-25

Nice, did you see the lighting contest? I'd give you a vote if you get it entered.

BrittLiv (author)MissouriVillian2013-03-28

Hi, it got accepted after all. It would be awesome, if you would still be willing to vote for me! Thanks for your support!

MissouriVillian (author)BrittLiv2013-03-31

Already did a couple days ago, just noticed the new comment though. Meant what I said though, I like it and voted for it.

BrittLiv (author)MissouriVillian2013-04-03

Thank you! Your support means a lot!

BrittLiv (author)MissouriVillian2013-03-25

I entered it, but it got rejected :-(. Thanks for the compliment, though.

gweeds (author)2013-03-31

Haha, Love it! :-)

nonobadog (author)2013-03-31

Sure, it's all fun and games until one blows up.

scristian (author)2013-03-28

hi have u tried doing it with pvc pipes? U can use the empty space inside for candle storege and if u sand the sides properly, it looks exacly the same.

BrittLiv (author)scristian2013-03-28

Probably, but you will have to a find a tube the right size and fill it with something.

Volloeko (author)2013-03-27

Hi, I was looking for your instructable in the lighting contest and couldn't find it. You should enter it! You've got my vote

BrittLiv (author)Volloeko2013-03-28

Hi, thanks a lot, it should be there now. Thank you for supporting me!

misko13 (author)2013-03-27

Impressive candle holder. Love it!

Edgar (author)2013-03-26

Great stuff, an usual, so it went to the Blog, along with a DIY Digital Camera, and a gizmo that turns your PC into an Oscilloscope:

Mrballeng (author)2013-03-26

This is great!

poofrabbit (author)2013-03-25

Oh you just plain never disappoint brittliv! This is so cleaver and just plain cool! Well done!

lmnopeas (author)2013-03-25

These rock!

NightHawkInLight (author)2013-03-25

Alright, these are awesome. I'd love to make them myself. Would you mind if I made a video of how to make them? I would probably do it a little differently but I would be sure to give your instructable credit for the idea in the video description.

Sure, go ahead. I love your videos and I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

johnny_crapcakes (author)2013-03-25

Very nice finished product! Be great in a WWI mancave!

smitty16 (author)2013-03-25

you spelled dynamite wrong you spelled dynamit

BrittLiv (author)smitty162013-03-25

It's the German or Swedish spelling

PeckLauros (author)2013-03-25

Goooooood idea...hehehe...

Peter11235 (author)2013-03-25

Cool! I'll try to do this. And by the way "dynamit" is also dynamite in Polish

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2013-03-25

That is a sweet candle holder!

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Bio: Hi, my name is Britt Michelsen, I'm a Chemical Engineer especially interested in Computational Fluid Dynamics. To balance all the theoretical work I like ... More »
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