How to Make a Homemade Butter Candle




From Birthdays to Intro to Interior Design 101, candles can make any moment more magical and special and can also be used to create a soothing ambience. Making a candle out of butter is a great way to save money and create that soothing atmosphere. This method is simple, inexpensive and can be used to get rid of those old pieces of butter lying in your fridge. This project shouldn’t cost you more than 10 dollars with most of the expense coming from the bars of butter itself. The time required to make 4 candles was about 2 hours but that is inclusive of the hour that the candles are cooling. This project is going to show you how to make 4 small candles out of butter and string! Your final product  should look like the picture below.

Step 1: Gather Materials

You will need the following items to make 4 candles.

2 sheets of newspaper
0.25 lb. bar of butter
7cm Cotton string
4 2-Ounce Plastic Shot glasses
Microwavable Cup / Bowl
Parchment paper

The picture above should contain all the necessary materials you will need.

Step 2: Creating a Workstation

Create a workstation preferably a table and lay down sheets of newspaper to avoid a mess. Use tape to avoid the paper from moving. 

Step 3:

Cut the parchment paper into 10 cm x 10 cm square sheets. You should have the same number of sheets as the number of 2-ounce plastic glasses that you have. These sheets will make sure your plastic glasses dont melt and avoid a mess

Step 4:

Place the cut out 10x10cm sheets on top of each plastic shot glass. Each glass will have one sheet over it as shown below. You want the center of the sheet to be on the center of the shot glass as shown above.

Step 5:

Using your finger press down to create a cavity in the glass. Make sure not to pierce the parchment sheet

Note: If you pierce the parchment sheet start at step 3 again.

Step 6:

Take the 0.25 lb bar of butter and place it in your microwavable cup / bowl. I was able to use a small microwavable cup as my heating vessel. It might be easier to cut the bar into two pieces.

Step 7:

Place the microwavable cup / bowl with the butter in the microwave and set it for 30 seconds on a high setting. If the butter is not melted, heat it for another 10 seconds. Allow the bowl/cup to cool for 5 seconds.

Caution: Make sure to check if your cup/bowl is microwavable, otherwise your cup might start to burn and melt all over the microwave

Step 8:

Pour the melted butter from the microwavable cup/bowl into the shot glasses with parchment paper in them. This step is very messy, make sure that you dont spill any hot butter on yourself

Step 9:

Place the shot glasses in the freezer and allow it to set for at least 2 hours. If you don’t have a freezer but have a fridge, you can place the shot glasses in the fridge but make sure that it sits for atleast 4 hours.

Step 10:

After waiting for an hour, take the shot glasses out of the freezer. The butter should have become fairly solid. If it is still a liquid,go ahead and wait for another hour.

Step 11:

Fold the Parchment paper on the edges of the glass and pull it out of the shot glass

Step 12:

Open the parchment paper to reveal the butter piece. Place the butter piece in the shot glass from which you removed it and gently rub the top of the butter with your finger so that the top surface of the candle is even. Do so with all four glasses and it should look pretty close to something above

Step 13:

Using the skewer, drill through the butter at the center of the candle going all the way through to the bottom of the glass.

Note: Be gentle with the skewer. If the butter seems to be fairly hard, go ahead and wait for a couple of minutes. The room temperature should be able to melt the butter.

Step 14:

Cut the cotton string at 5 cm. This will act as a wick for the candle.

Step 15:

Place the string on the hole making sure that the 3/4 of the string lies on either side of the hole and use the skewer to push the string all the way to the bottom of the candle as shown above.Use your finger to gently rub the surface of the candle to seal up the hole.

Step 16:

You are almost done. Your candles should have wicks in them. Use your scissor to cut any excess off the candle. After you are done your candles should look like these

Step 17: Finishing Steps

Use your lighter and light up your candles. Congratulations! You made a candle out of butter and string!

Caution: The candle can pose a fire hazard if used near any flammable or explosive material.



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    16 Discussions


    6 years ago on Step 17

    This may be a silly question: will margarine work as well? It's a great idea, but I would hesitate to use butter if I could make the candles more cheaply with margarine!

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    I'll definitely be trying this soon ^_^ However, I'll probably be using a glass container rather than plastic so I can skip the stuff with the parchment paper ^_^ Really cool idea, thanks :D


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Bacon fat *will* work...back in my camping days, we used to make "candles" for camp illumination, heat (not great, but in a pinch) out of tallow (fat, but from beef...pork isn't much different). it's the perfect excuse to eat more bacon :)

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Yep, that's why we used on our camping trips...tried to stay as close to older days as we could :)


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I dunno if I like these ideas.... The only time I would need a candle is if the powers off... and the last thing I need is to have a craving for bacon or popcorn while the powers out. :P


    6 years ago on Step 17

    Great idea in a pinch! These could be made using small jelly jars -- glass is better to prevent fire hazard -- and you could simply melt the butter right into the jar. The idea is great, though I think that the method is more complicated than it needs to be. What is the point of using the parchment paper and then pulling out the shaped butter? Couldn't you just pour the melted butter into the glasses?

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Yup definetly. I tried that the first time and it melted my shot glass. But if you use a glass jar, you could skip the parchment paper step and make it a lot easier! Thanks for the tips!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    It's cool but... butter is actually more expensive than candle. :D