It's still tornado season and we get some wicked storms with resulting power outages. Salt N' Prepper's DIY 100 hour candles post inspired me to make these candles:
|DIY liquid paraffin candles|
You will need:
- small Mason jars (I used 1-cup jam jars my mom found at a garage sale)
- round lantern wicks (not candle wicks) bought at a hardware store 5 for $2.39
- liquid paraffin (cleaner than kerosene)
- 2 canning lids for every candle you want to make
- 1 canning ring for every candle
- a screwdriver
- a hammer
|Use a screwdriver and a hammer to pierce the canning lid|
Next, get a wick, fold it in half, and use the screwdriver to push the middle of the wick through the hole so that just a small part of the wick (less than a centimeter) shows through on the top side
|Use the screwdriver to push a small part of the middle of the wick through the hole|
|wick from the top (it's been lit already!)|
Take your Mason jars:
|cup sized jam jars|
And fill them with your liquid paraffin:
Place the canning lid with the hole and the wick on the filled jar and screw on your canning ring:
Light your candles!
When you're done using your candle, unscrew the canning ring and place the second, hole-free canning lid over the wick to prevent the liquid paraffin from evaporating. Then screw the canning ring on over both canning lids.
|Sealed when out of use|
So much more romantic than flashlights! Way more light than my wax or soy candles, too.
What are some small prepping projects you've done?