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.
bstimson5 months ago

How long do these candles generally last?

Adeldor (author)  bstimson5 months ago

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

firstnonna9 months ago
Can you add a scent to these candles?
Adeldor (author)  firstnonna9 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.

Thanks for the info.
billandritsch9 months ago
What neat idea, where have I been my whole life not to have thought of this LOL
Adeldor (author)  billandritsch9 months ago
Hi billandritsch,

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

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