Picture of Dynamite Candle Holder
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

Picture of Stuff you need
  • 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
DuctOutDog1 year ago
Thanks! I'm kinda a beginner with stencils.
DuctOutDog1 year ago
How exactly did u cut the stencil out on the masking tape ?
BrittLiv (author)  DuctOutDog1 year ago
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.
HaGue1 year ago
VERY cool work!!!
Advar1 year ago
Nice! Great gift to make for a survivalist, anarchist, menanite,...
Really though, creative and easy. Great! :)
Lucky7x72 years ago
You really have some great instructables! keep it up. i love quality projects pushes me to step my game up.
BrittLiv (author)  Lucky7x72 years ago
Thank you, this means a lot! I am happy you like my work!
AJMansfield2 years ago
You should make your own candles for this, and add magnesium filings to the wax so the candle will spark.
Or you could weave magnesium strands in with the cotton wick fibers, but that'd take a long time.
english tea2 years ago
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)  english tea2 years ago
Thank you, putting a sparkler in it, makes it even more unsettling.
Magnesium filings in candle wax is cheaper (if you do it right) and burns longer.
Master978652 years ago
I thought you would get some metal tubes and put wax in it with a wick and spray paint it. Cool though ^_^
Jakwiebus2 years ago
HAHA!! Awesome! This is the coolest idea I've seen this week :D
good thinking
Eh Lie Us!2 years ago
Right on. I was expecting a PVC pipe or something full of wax but fostner drilled dowels? Man, you got moxie!!

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Nice, did you see the lighting contest? I'd give you a vote if you get it entered.
BrittLiv (author)  MissouriVillian2 years ago
Hi, it got accepted after all. It would be awesome, if you would still be willing to vote for me! Thanks for your support!
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)  MissouriVillian2 years ago
Thank you! Your support means a lot!
BrittLiv (author)  MissouriVillian2 years ago
I entered it, but it got rejected :-(. Thanks for the compliment, though.
gweeds2 years ago
Haha, Love it! :-)
Sure, it's all fun and games until one blows up.
scristian2 years ago
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)  scristian2 years ago
Probably, but you will have to a find a tube the right size and fill it with something.
Volloeko2 years ago
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)  Volloeko2 years ago
Hi, thanks a lot, it should be there now. Thank you for supporting me!
misko132 years ago
Impressive candle holder. Love it!
Edgar2 years ago
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:
Mrballeng2 years ago
This is great!
poofrabbit2 years ago
Oh you just plain never disappoint brittliv! This is so cleaver and just plain cool! Well done!
lmnopeas2 years ago
These rock!
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.
BrittLiv (author)  NightHawkInLight2 years ago
Sure, go ahead. I love your videos and I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
Very nice finished product! Be great in a WWI mancave!
smitty162 years ago
you spelled dynamite wrong you spelled dynamit
BrittLiv (author)  smitty162 years ago
It's the German or Swedish spelling
PeckLauros2 years ago
Goooooood idea...hehehe...
Peter112352 years ago
Cool! I'll try to do this. And by the way "dynamit" is also dynamite in Polish
That is a sweet candle holder!