A Real Redneck Candle Holder

About: Hobby interests include BSA, and trying minimalist solutions. Studied hypnotism. Married, 2 kids. Wish I had learned to sing.

That Wilmette guy (what is he, some French guy ? ) showed be his "Redneck" candle holder.
I made him put out a real one, if he ever wants his car to work again.
I talk, he types.; Mary Kay shoots pictures.
So here goes. The real redneck version.
Just for lagniappe, I'll also throw in an "advanced " version and an even simpler version for the folks in Chicago.

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Step 1: What You Need

Damp Sand -- every time
Mason Jar - Jar every time. 
Size depends on how much sand you have and how big your candle is.
And what you have around. 
Also, you may want some decorations

Sometimes you might want a ring and lid to fit the jar
And something to cut the lid. 
These last things are for the "advanced redneck"  version

Step 2: Make the Candle Stand

Pick a Mason jar.

Fill the jar with the damp stand

Stick the candle in the sand that's in the jar

Stick the candle in deeper or not as deep

That's it for the regular version. 

What else fo I need to tell.

Do you need a separate steps to put sand in a jar ?

Do you need to be told how to put a candle in sand ?

Step 3: Advanced Version

Here's the advanced version:

Take a lid that fits the jar.

Make a hole in the middle of the lid about the size of a mickle.

Use whateever tools you have handy: knives, files, tin snips

Step 4: Put the Lid and Ring on the Jar

Put the lid and ring on the jar
The candle goes through the hole, in the lid. 

Step 5: Decorate the Jar When You Have Company

Tie a piece of gingham around the jar or something.

Make it pretty. 

No pictures. This step you for you to figure out yourself.

Step 6: Simple Version

Insteade of filling a mason jar:

Scoop up some damp sand with some old cup and stick the candle in..

Step 7: Operating Instructions

You want the candle higher : jam more sand under it.
If the candle falls over, it means you need to have more sand around it 

You want it lower?  Push it down more if you can. Or cut it. It's your candle.

Step 8: If You Don't Have Sand or a Mason Jar

You can use salt or crushed limestone or small pebbles instead of the sand.

You can even use a tin can insteadof a jar.

If you use a tin can, you could put a reflector around theback pretty easy.

But I can't show that now. I got to replace this relay.

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    9 Discussions


    6 years ago on Step 3

    I begin to doubt your redneck credentials when you fail to include the humble 12 gauge as a method for making your hole.

    3 replies

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    The shell of a 12 gauge has a diameter of 0.729 inches. The diameter of a typical taper is about 0.76 inches., so a shell isn't big enough to use to make a whole. Unless it is fired. And that, of course is expensive and my wife said I can't do that in the house anymore. After all, this isn't the outback.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Now I can't get the image of someone about to hammer a 12 guage shotgun shell through a jar lid out of my head.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I have no doubt of your credentials, even if you doubt mine. Note, I do recornise that whole s/b hole. in my previous comment.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Nice instructable. Thanks.
    Step 8 - What if you have prime sand, cool jar but don't have a candle?

    2 replies

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Also I have been told by knowledgeable informants that fatwood sometimes serves as a candle substitute. That would be ultra redneck and the height of fashion in those select circles.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    There are a couple of actions. Go to a church and pray for a candle and act as the spirit moves you or not Make a candle with tallow from livestock. Preferably your own. Perhaps fat from some game would work. Consult local sources. Raid a beehive for wax. As regards wicks you may notice that many people are not paying close attention to their shoelaces and some may regard that fact as implicit permission to let you make use of them.