When an extended emergency occurs, using the resources you have on hand or around your property may be your only option and hope at surviving.
Emergency lighting will be an important aspect of your preparedness supplies. If you find yourself without lighting, with a little creativity you can make your own candles using bush craft techniques, or with items found around the home.
Finding a wick may be your largest challenge. You can purchase wicks in bulk to have on hand in the event that a disaster occurs, or find a suitable alternative.
- Cheese Wax
- Tinned Tuna in Sunflower Oil
- Wax Crayon
- Orange Peel
1. Cheese Wax Candle
Roll up a strip of newspaper into a tight thin roll and wrap it in cheese wax. Light it up and there’s our 1st candle.
2. Butter Candle
Cut off a lump of butter and poke a hole into it with a thin screwdriver. Push in some cotton string and light it.
3. Tinned Tuna in Sunflower Oil Candle
Pierce a hole into a can of tuna in sunflower oil and push in a short length of cotton string. It will absorb the oil and you’ve made an oil burner emergency candle.
4. Wax Crayon Candle
Take a wax crayon and simply light up the end.
5. Orange Peel Candle
Slice through the peel round half an orange, then remove the fruit. Make sure the peel still has the center stem to use for a wick. Fill the orange peel with olive oil and light it up.