5 Easy Ways to Make an DIY Candle

Candles can be pretty expensive, which is why most of you probably resort to flashlights during a power outage. But when your batteries run out, you’re out of luck, unless you know one of these methods for making a DIY emergency candle.

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
  • Butter
  • Tinned Tuna in Sunflower Oil
  • Wax Crayon
  • Orange Peel
Here are five easy ways to make candles if you happen to find yourself in a pinch:


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.

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In this video, I cover 5 different DIY emergency candles using cheese wax, butter, a tuna can and oil, a wax crayon, or an orange with oil.