Step 3: Prepare Your Materials
You can cut the block of butter into as many pieces as you want.
As a rule of thumb, I've found that 1 Tablespoon of butter will burn for about 1 hour. I used a 4 Oz bar of butter (8 Tablespoons) and cut it in half to give me two 4-hour candles. (4 Tablespoons each.)
Cutting the bar with the seam at the top will help minimize the paper from ripping as you cut through the block. Also, the colder/firmer the butter is, the cleaner your cut will be.
If you're trying what I did, you should have 2 halves with the exposed butter side facing upward.
Take something like a skewer or toothpick and poke a hole in the top at the center. The hole should reach all the way to the bottom.
Next, take your piece of toilet paper and twist it tightly.
I put a bend at the bottom so that when it stands next to the block of butter, only about 1/4" is exposed at the top.
Your butter candle is now ready for assembly.