Make Candles at Home without Wax from Common Household Materials - Easy, Quick, Minimalist

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video Make Candles at Home without Wax from Common Household Materials - Easy, Quick, Minimalist
How to make candles at home from scratch with lard or vegetable shortening, glass jars and yarn - without wax! Making jar candles is easy. They're low cost, odorless, long burning and perfect for emergency or blackout. With patterned jars, they cast an attractive light. The use of vegetable shortening such as Crisco makes the candles vegetarian/vegan.

If burning for a long time, a layer of molten fat might develop on the surface near the wick. When extinguishing, check that the wick is vertical as the fat resets. This makes it easier to relight. Also, maintain the wick as one would with a regular candle. Trim it if there is an accumulation of charred thread.
britha.zhu1 month ago

Why do people use wax if something so much easier to obtained can be used to make candles? Are there any cons of using vegetable shortening?

Adeldor (author)  britha.zhu1 month ago

Hi Britha,

The fats used in these jar candles are not suitable for making free standing candles as they are softer than paraffin wax (or beeswax, but that is expensive). Some sort of container is required, unlike "standard" commercial candles.

Hi what is the shelf life for this type of candle, I'm thinking of starting to make them now for Christmas presents

Adeldor (author)  mandie.fountain1 month ago

Hi Mandie,

The shelf life is the same as that of the fat used - plus more since the fat won't be eaten. We have had some such candles sitting for a year. There has been neither degradation in function nor bad smell. Hope this helps!

bstimson7 months ago

How long do these candles generally last?

Adeldor (author)  bstimson7 months ago

In the jars we use, a conservative estimate is around a day.

Lavonna11 months ago
Can you add a scent to these candles?
Adeldor (author)  Lavonna11 months ago
Hi firstnonna,

As we were aiming at minimalism for this video, we didn't. You can add a few drops of a scented (essential) oil once the fat is melted - stirring it thoroughly. It's important not to heat the fat more than necessary to melt it (to preserve more of the scent - and to be safer too).

As an aside, the candles seen in the video have no noticeable odor when burning - and have the barely noticeable scent of lard/vegetable oil when not.

Lavonna Adeldor11 months ago
Thanks for the info.
billandritsch11 months ago
What neat idea, where have I been my whole life not to have thought of this LOL
Adeldor (author)  billandritsch11 months ago
Hi billandritsch,

:-) Thanks! We find it's the simplest things that are sometimes the hardest to divine.