Emergency Candle.




On this instructable we show you how we made our Emergency candle, some people may think this
is a bit pointless, but if you live in a poor country that has blackouts or can not afford to leave a light on all the time this may be the perfect thing for you, hope you enjoy! Feel free to comment on what you think !

Step 1: Step 1.

These are the supplies you will need to gather in order to make your Emergency Candle!
1. A few candles, We only used the large tee tree candles.
2. 1 Altoid tin.
3. Matches, And the striker of the pack.

Step 2: Step 2.

You now want to start by chopping the candles into a pan, Try and chop these up into as many small pieces as possible, This will speed the melting process up!

Step 3: Step 3.

You now want to put it on the stove and leave it until all the wax has melted into a transparent liquid.
Then pour the melted wax into the bottom of the Altoid tin (Do not fill to far other wise it will spill out the
hinges of the tin.) Once that you have it all in the bottom of the tin, now add the candle wicks.

Step 4: Step 4.

Once you have placed the wicks in, And made sure the wick reaches the bottom of the tin, Place the tin carefully into the fridge and leave to set.

Warning !!

When doing this, do not spill the was onto your skin as it is extremely hot and will give you serious burns!

Step 5: Step 5.

Now all that there is left to do is, Add some good quality matches and a the striker, normally located on the side of the pack of matches, we used army waterproof matches so in our case the striker was on the back.

Step 6: Finished Product!

Well done your Altoid Emergency Candle set is all done.
Have fun and we hope it comes in handy on many occasions!

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    29 Discussions

    Alaskan Bev

    1 year ago

    You're melting down brand new candles to make another candle. I like to make assorted candles using 25-cent huge partly-used candles I find at thrift stores. People donate them all the time and one can often find huge bags of them for just a dollar. You can use all the same color or mix them up for interesting effects. Have fun with it! Since these are "emergency candles," who cares what color they are? You don't see the color of the candles in a tin unless you look at them from the top, anyway.


    1 year ago

    Ok, sooo...do you light all three wicks or one wick at a time? Will it last longer if you use one wick at a time? What's the burn time? For the magnet idea - I wonder if you can put the magnet inside the tin and cover it with the wax. Will it stick to the fridge? I like the tip of using a luminous sticker, that's a great idea for any emergency gear!


    5 years ago

    I know this is a stupid question, but are you supposed to take a match off to light the candle, or... I don't really get it. :/

    1 reply

    Reply 3 years ago

    You take one match off, light it and then light the candle. Just leave the lid open and don't use the lid to snuff out the candles.

    pher sov

    7 years ago on Introduction

    you could use ANY container, but not too high, and combine with the cardboard idea to improve the system if necessary


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I fail to see the point oft his? You already have those small tea candles that you could just stick in a tin with some matches.

    I dont think it'll work anyway as once the three wicks are lite heat will build up in the tin and the wax will melt and then the wicks will fall over and snuff themselves out. .... unless you use the wicks from the teacandles as they have a small round disc that supports the wick in an upright position.

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    pher sovTopCatTC

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    exact... and the material for the wicks is also important.. wich one do you use ? cotton ?? some wicks can malfunction..


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Try not to be so confrontational. Altoid tins are a common container to use for many purposes... it was only a matter of time before someone would come up with the same great idea. BTW, I made one of these candles, and am adding a mirror inside and magnets to the back.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    What are the magnets for? Put on a fridge perhaps? Now that I'm thinking about it, that may not be a bad place to put these; in the event of power outage, they would be in one place.

    Fridge magnets with a purpose. :)

    Probably don't want to keep this in the car over the hot summer.  I've seen candles melt in the dead heat of summer (especially inside a car that is significantly hotter than the air outside of the car.)


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Like I said on a similar altoids candle comment line, you can use beeswax, which you don't have to buy in candle form and is probably fairly cheap, as well as not making soot on the ceiling.


    10 years ago on Step 5

    Simply but really handy. When the power fails you wouldn't have to scavange for candles and a lighter.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Another idea I thought of to take this to the next level... use citronella wax for the candle. This way it will act as a bug repellent as well as a emergency candle. Last thing you want is to have to deal with flies when the power is out ;)