Windproof Candle Holder

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Introduction: Windproof Candle Holder

This instructable is to manufacture a cool simple windproof candle holder form a PET bottle.

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Step 1: Cut

With a pair of scissors cut the upper quarted of any PET bottle.

Step 2: Introduce

Introduce the upper part of the bottle upside down, all the way to the bottom

Step 3: Fire

Put the candle in the bottle neck of the bottle and fire it!

If you have a wider candle use a knife to reduce the diameter in order to fit the neck of the bottle
Use different kind of PET bottle colors to add ambience.

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    16 Discussions

    hi jalinx... backpacking in my younger days, I lived in a cave on a Spanish beach for 3 weeks at a time. There was NO ambient street/village light - those nights were pitch black apart from stars. we had candles only and lit our cave by using bottles like this. But even better are the white-coloured milk containers. A candle inside one of these really glows, sometimes brighter than the various storm lamps other backpackers got out. Think of those chinese lanterns that float up slowly; the milk-container-candlelamps glow with the same sort of shine, not quite as bright. But far brighter than using clear bottles. personally I'd leave out the funnel bit, unless I covered that bit up with sand or garden earth, cat litter or whatever... stops the worry of fire when candle burns low and people may be asleep... after all, we klight candles at night and we sleep at night too - so why risk death eh? BUT I loved your instructable and wanted to tell all you budding lantern-builders - try white plastic milk bottles! X

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    ha123123123
    ha123123123

    11 years ago on Introduction

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    chinese_boy
    chinese_boy

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    PET is the type of plastic which disposeable bottles are made.

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    eye.would
    eye.would

    12 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea. but if the wind is blowing wouldn't it knock it down? maybe sand in the base? what if you wanted to walk around with it? it seems awkward to hold. What about cutting off the bottom section (2 or 3 mm) of the bottle, cutting holds near the ‘neck’ and wedging the candle inside? It would be easier to hold and the neck vents would keep it ignited.

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    soundmotor
    soundmotor

    12 years ago on Introduction

    Using the larger 2L bottle is probably a better bet than the 500mL I've used in the past. Those shrunk from the candle heat, likely because the flame was closer to the sides than it would be in yours.

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    chuckr44
    chuckr44

    13 years ago on Introduction

    Superb! Why didn't I think of this before? Perhaps you could take the plastic top of the bottle, and place it in a glass container? Or if I had a glass cutter I could make one out of a Sobe bottle. Those are a good size for this too.

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    lemonie
    lemonie

    13 years ago on Introduction

    Use a glass jar (I did again at the weekend). You can hang these from trees with some wire. PET will tend to melt, whereas glass just gets hot. L

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    scooter76
    scooter76

    13 years ago on Introduction

    Neat, The only thing that would concern me is if the bottle caught fire, they burn fast and they smell. But good idea for quick windproof candle. I try some time soon

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    bruc33ef
    bruc33ef

    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, there is a danger of burning plastic and fumes. I tried with a 16 oz. soda bottle and the technique works just fine, but the danger of burning when the candle gets low does increase. So, I just filled the bottom of the bottle with water before I put the candle in and that solved it. Sand or dirt would also do the trick I think. Also, any such filler adds weight and further stabilizes the lamp.

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    jalinx
    jalinx

    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    You are right, however if you are able to fix firmly the candle in the bottle neck you can even walk with it without that hazard.

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    caledonian
    caledonian

    13 years ago on Introduction

    Nice idea. Another option might be to still use the neck, but insert it into a tall glass or jar, instead of the bottle bottom. Albeit, it may require more trimming to fit the diameter. No worry about walls catching fire though, it'll still catch any drips hopefully keeping the glass wax free, and maybe more aesthetically pleasing.

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    bruc33ef
    bruc33ef

    13 years ago on Introduction

    Love it. Should also work with a smaller bottle and candle. Nice work.

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    joejoerowley
    joejoerowley

    13 years ago on Introduction

    Great Instructable. I would put i little sand in the bottom to keep it from tipping over though.