Altoids Tin Candle




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A simple instructable to teach u how to make an easy candle for camping or surviving in the wild.

Step 1: Items Needed

All you need is a glass jar or anything else to melt your wax,four to six tea light candles,an empty Altoids tin,and either super glue or a hot glue gun.

Step 2: Removing Metal and Wicks From Candle

Remove the metal from the tea lights and also CAREFULLY remove the metal base and wick and save them for later.

Step 3:

Glue down the wicks for the tea lights into the bottom of the Altoids tin.  You can either put one in the middle or one on the left and right(i prefer to put two wicks) but in the picture i tried it with only one.

Step 4: Melting the Max

to melt the tea lights place them all in a safe,thick canning jar and place the jar in a pot.  Fill the pot up with enough water to cover enough of the sides of the jar but not to much that it will go into the jar.  Heat the water on your stove gradually until all of the tea lights melt.  Once the wax is in liquid form pour it into the Altoids tin and either let it sit out disturbed to harden or place in the freezer to let it harden quicker.  And that is all u need to do to make a cool camping or emergency survival candle.



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    Tim Temple

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Don't forget to put scotch tape on the inside over the hinge holes. Otherwise it will leak when it heats up.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea. Recycle the wax to be use as a flame retardant for rope or other fuel to make another candle, until al wax is gone.

    I like and have done this before. I used a Camel Snus can though. I use Snus far more than Altoids, and the can stays shut a bit better. I also had more time on my hands so I just placed two candles in the tin and lit the other two and let the melted wax drip into the tin around them. Good if you can't find a melting container. Well done Nathanya.

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    Did you just redo your old instructable to meet the time requirements of this new contest? I didn't think we could do that. It seems silly to not try to do something different.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    i just redid it to enter it in contest. I was so close to winning something in other camping contest kind of mad i didn't win.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I know why you did it, I was just beating around the bush a bit. I was hinting that you should do a new project, because that is the rules of the contest. If every one did what you were doing then this contest would look an awful lot like the camping contest. I'm getting down off my high horse now so I can make something new to win that $100 Leatherman!