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Participants Narya
Skills Not Being on Fire
Status Finished
Niche Other
Purpose Fun

Making candles with (mostly) left-over material.


  • Candle leftovers
  • Toilet rolls
  • Cardboard (e.g. an old box)
  • Wood glue
  • Cotton rope (e.g. roulade rope)
  • Paperclips
  • Satay sticks
  • Au-bain-marie setup (pan in a slightly bigger pan)
  • Tweezers

Prepare the molds

Glue the toilet rolls to the cardboard.

Melt the candles

Put water in the bigger pan and put the smaller pan in the bigger pan (preferably with something on the bottom of the bigger pan to support the smaller one). Melt the candle wax in the smaller pan. Remove old wicks, pieces of metal and other rubbish with the tweezers.

Ze smelten de kaarsen

Make the wick

  • Cut roulade rope to length
  • Attach paperclip to one end
  • Dip the rope in the molten wax
Prepare wicks

Make the candles

You can use half of a satay stick in combination with a paperclip to center the wick. Pour a bit of molten wax into the molds and wait till it is solid. This will seal off the part between the toilet roll and cardboard. Pour in the rest and wait till it is completely solid. The wax will shrink, so you have to fill up the last bit after the candle has completely cooled down.

Pour wax in molds
Candle light

Plans to combine this with 3D prints