Introduction: How to Make Emergency Candles

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If you are ever in a blackout or dont have candles this is a simple way to

make candles.

Step 1: What You Need

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cotton ball





lighter or matches

Step 2: Cutting the Potato

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first cut the potato in half then cut the ends of so it

will be able to stand.

Step 3: Making a Hole

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take the spoon and scoop out the inside but without ripping the skin

Step 4: The Wick

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roll out the cotton ball and then take a small amount

and roll into small wicks

Step 5: Fuel

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the butter will act like oil. take the butter and place into potato then put the wicks

in. Light and enjoy!

Thank you please comment and like


WoodieWannabe (author)2015-10-05

South Africans will appreciate this one, thanks to Eskom and loadshedding! :-)

WoodieWannabe (author)2015-10-05

South Africans will appreciate this one, thanks to Eskom and loadshedding! :-)

Thanks for taking the time to make this 'Ible! How do you attach the wicks to the potato?

There is no attachment necessary - the wick simply lays on the side of the potato.

lunetabanana (author)2015-01-08

OMG so simple...yet so clever

MendelM (author)2015-01-01

LIGHT UP THE DARKNESS SADYA!!!!!! ; ) : ) = ) : D

thesnowtheriver (author)2014-12-28

afterwards.........mmmmmm baked potato with butter : ) yum

rdunkel1 (author)2014-12-24

Anything with a high fatty/waxy content will burn with a wick, plus the wicks can be made out of a variety of different materials as well.
For centuries rendered animal fat was used to make lamp oil.
This is a great little instructable to get into the hobby of natural/sustainable lamps.

Cool I'll vote for you.

Straklin (author)2014-12-23

Nice, could come in handy in a pinch. have you tried other fuel sources, like lard or crisco?

astropapi1 (author)Straklin2014-12-24

Bee wax, crayons, the red stuff covering Dutch Cheese, cooking oil, butter... Sky's the limit with candles. :)

sadyal (author)Straklin2014-12-23

anything that could burn

shashant28 (author)2014-12-24

in india it is called DIYA which is made up of clay , mustard oil is used as fuel

sevev7atrows (author)2014-12-23

hmm...and maybe a delicious baked potato when the lights come back on.

Lancelotlink (author)2014-12-23

Ah, but the starting conditions stated no candles and I'm sure no specific candle components, but yes, very good. Going to need to remember that one.

cacj131 (author)2014-12-22

Very god! For a wick you could also use bday candle wicks.

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