Surprises in a Candle





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Hello everyone!

Here is how I made this candle with hidden vouchers, in a quick and easy way!

UPDATE 13/01/2015

As I published this instructable before having seen the results once the candle lit, I had to publish an update. And it is a pretty good surprise because it works fine! The papers I have used to wrote the vouchers did not even burnt, and they were quite readable, even half buried under the wax.


Christmas is coming, and I still do not have gift for my girlfriend. I know that she loves candles, and for example she always lights candles when she is working. So I got the following idea: to create a candle with some vouchers hidden in it (like a voucher for a movie, for a beer, etc..), so it is motivating to work and discover which vouchers are in the candle, and she will have surprises as long as the candle is not finished.


  • tealight candles (I used 8)
  • a lighter
  • papers
  • a pencil
  • nothing more

Step 1: The Tealight Candles

The first thing is to remove the aluminium part of your candles.

Step 2: The Vouchers

Then write the vouchers on small papers, and fix them with wax on each tealight candle.

For examples: a restaurant, a beer, a movie, etc...

Step 3: Make the Candle

The last step is to glue each candle one by one, using another candle to melt the wax.

At the end, you will have several tealight candles glued all together with wax, making a long candle.

Step 4: Conclusion

Then you have finished!

One thing you might wonder is "will the papers burn with the flame?". Well... I do not know... It is still packed and I will give it in few days for christmas.

But I would say:

-each candle has its own wick which starts at the bottom of the tealight candle with a small part of aluminum, so when the flame arrives to this part, it should stop burning. You then have to remove the papers, and light the next wick!

-but be careful, I do not know what could happen!

Let me know what you think about this project :)



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    J'ai retiré les mèches et enfilé les "pucks" sur une mèche plus longue. La coche.

    Idée super adorable!

    Neat idea. Any verdict how how it burned now that xmas is over? I'm wondering if there might be a way to paint your messages on each candle level using colored wax, rather than using paper. My dad was a fireman for many years and we weren't allowed to have ANY candles, and I can just see one full of paper shreds giving him a heart attack! :P

    what you could do to solve the melting problem is, on vacation we set candles on a small base in the middle of a plate and as the wax melts down it creates some interesting art of its own. I will likely do this for my girlfriend you had a great idea here but perhaps i will do it with a few different colors of candle and make a pedestal on a base for it in my shop.

    cool idea! i will do. thanks for share

    Maybe it's the aluminum, but tea lights usually go completely liquid when being burned. Not sure how these will work all stacked together.

    Like the idea. Can't you just take those empty containers, cut them up in little strips and write the message on them with permanent markers? It wouldn't melt and solve the problem, right? :-)

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    Or indent it with a steel nail or something...the aluminium is soft enough and it would look fancier ;)

    I like this idea. It's thoughtful and clever! I'm curious to hear how it works out though, over time. Be sure to update after Christmas!

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    One thing you might have done differently is wrap the vouchers in foil and adhered them to the wax so they didn't potentially burn awesome idea though!

    This is very cute and clever! And it's like a bunch of gifts wrapped into one, but is much more personal than just gift cards...well done! Maybe in the future you can create flameproof tokens instead if paper, just in case the paper catches on fire! Those would be reusable too