Altoids Tin Portable Candle




Introduction: Altoids Tin Portable Candle

Time to make a portable emergency/ backpacking candle out of a used Altoids tin.

Step 1: Melt Wax

Get a couple of the little $0.99 candles from the local candle store.  I suggest citronella for camping.  Take the wicks out and cut the rest of the candle into wax chips.  Melt the wax chips using hot water... careful not to melt your containers!

Step 2: Cover Holes

Put a couple of small pieces of aluminum tape over the hinge holes on the back (inside) of the tin.

Step 3: Insert Wicks

Using double sided tape, put the two wicks into the tin.

Step 4: Pour in Wax

Pour the now melted wax into the tin.

Step 5: Trim Wicks

After the wax has cooled, trim the wicks short enough that the lid will close without hitting them.

Step 6: Enjoy Your Portable "Altoids" Candle

Light the night with your portable candle!  By the way, the lid will fold up to a 90 degree angle giving you a reflector for your candle (the interior of the lid is shiny enough to do this).  This will allow you to direct your light to where you need it!

** Make sure you set it on a non combustible/ heat resistant surface.  The bottom of the tin gets hot to the touch if left burning for several hours.

Pocket Sized Contest

Participated in the
Pocket Sized Contest

Be the First to Share


    • Build a Tool Contest

      Build a Tool Contest
    • Tinkercad to Fusion 360 Challenge

      Tinkercad to Fusion 360 Challenge
    • Fruits and Veggies Speed Challenge

      Fruits and Veggies Speed Challenge



    Reply 6 years ago

    from the two candles you've chopped and melted. They have wicks and the little disk at the bottom.

    Deep Asleep
    Deep Asleep

    7 years ago

    Me to encysquare I made these as a kid. I was kinda a pyromaniac back then, and took axe and sprayed it onto a desk and light it


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Nice !
    First time I tried it, I forgot to close the holes in the back: very messy results...
    Hint: add a mirror to the inside of the cover to (sort of) double the light you have from it