Burn the Candle at Both Ends




About: I'm a social-worker, working with 12 - 23 year-olds. I used to be a printer. In 2018 I opened a small makerspace (www.imdib.nl) in my house, where I have lasercutters, 3d-printers, Arduino's, Mindstorms and ...

Would it be possible to to actually burn the candle at both ends? Yes! but it gives a bit of a mess. The candle will drip a lot, so I need something to catch the hot wax.


Do not leave the candle burning unattended! If you leave it burning, this construction will probably burn your house down!

Step 1: You Will Need


  • Acrylic material
  • 2 tiles
  • a candle


  • Lasercutter (or makerspace)
  • fire
  • blunt knife

Step 2: Measure

Measure the tiles. My tiles are 98 x 98 mm.

Measure the candle. Mine is 220 mm.

Step 3: Cut the Candle

To get a wick on both ends, you will need to remove some candle from the bottom. If you use a blunt knife, this is very easy and you won't cut through the wick.

Step 4: Engrave the Tile

Just for fun, I engraved one of the tiles with the text: 'Yes, I burn the candle at both ends'

Both Gravit and PDF files are included.

Step 5: Cut the Candle Holder

Cut the candle holder from 3 mm acrylic. If your tiles are not exactly the same size, you will need to adjust the files.

Both gravit and PDF files are included.

Step 6: Put the Candle Holder Together

It is easy to slide the 4 parts together and add the tiles.

Step 7: Just Add Candle

Just put your candle on the holder and light both ends.

Be careful! this candle will drip... A lot!

Have fun!



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    6 Discussions


    6 weeks ago

    need to put a catch trough for the dripping wax

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    Reply 6 weeks ago

    That was where the tiles are for and it actually worked much better than I thought. (my house didn't burn down at all ;)

    Alex in NZ

    7 weeks ago

    Very good! Nothing like trying to implement a proverb :-D. Thank you for sharing this :-)

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