Bottle Cap Lantern

In this instructable we will be making candles small and portable enough to fit in a survival kit or camping pack of some sort. This is my first instructable (applause) as well as an entry in the summer camping challenge. These should be compact enough to take with you camping and pretty easy to make and I hope you don't run into any problems along the way. And if you do I am pretty sure there is a way to contact me on my account that I don't know about quite yet (probably because I created this account about two minutes ago.)

Step 1: Gather Materials

The materials you are going to need are pretty basic: a water bottle cap, a small candle, a small jar, some glue, and a frying pan

Step 2: Remove Metal From Candle

Carefully separate the metal and wick from the round candle, but save the wick , we will need it in the next step.

Step 3: Glue Down the Wick

The title is kind of self explanatory but you basically need to take the little white string from the last step and glue it to the center of the bottle cap.

Step 4: Melt the Wax

This step isn't so easy. You need to slip the candle into a small jar, (such as a baby food jar) place the jar in a frying pan, fill the frying pan with water, and boil the water on a stove. This should melt the wax inside the jar. Now you just wait...   and wait...   and wait...

Step 5: Pour the Wax

Wait for the wax to cool, but don't let it harden again. Pour it into the bottle cap. If you have any leftover you can make another one (but I guess you need another wick anyway.)

Step 6: Done

Once your wax hardens, you have finished your candle. Yay! It should end up looking like the picture. If it does not and instead looks like you pulled it out of the toilet, repeat steps 1-5.



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    3 years ago

    wouldnt it be easier just to keep the candle in the aluminum foil it came in ? they are not so big ?but i guess the mini ones would fit into smaller spaces .great idea!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    With the number of 'caps' being tossed each year, this is not a bad idea. Just need to save both caps and used wax, a length of wick. I'd crazy glue the wick to the base, faster than Elmer's. A bag of 3-4 of these in the glove box of a car could take a little out of the sting of being stranded in a ditch.

    Would also look for larger caps such as those on 1gal bleach jugs when wanting the candle to last longer. Bigger the cap, longer the burn.


    the little candles are very cute, but what is the purpose? You are basically just moving the wax and wick from one candle to another. This candle may be smaller, but tea lights can be very small too, and just as easily portable. Nice ible, tho. i like it. :)


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I love this ible! i always love melting down wax and making my own candles, but this is such a good way to make my candles!


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I believe it is a lot smaller than most candles and can be kept in a pocket for portable 5-10 minute candlelight. much smaller that a tea light


    7 years ago on Introduction

    This might be a good way to use left over wax from candle stubs.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    its a candle not a lantern but it is a nicely done "ible"