Emergency Butter Candle

By: Chopstick_corner from
Emergency Butter Candle

The next time you lose power unexpectedly and don't have any candles, make this Emergency Butter Candle. This easy-to-follow tutorial shows you how to turn a regular stick of butter into a temporary candle. When you make your own candle using this method, you utilize materials you already have in your home so that, as long as you have butter, you'll most likely have anything else you need to finish the candle. Learn how to make this today so that you won't be left in the dark.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniqueCandlemaking/Soapmaking


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I pretty much like this as an easy emergency hack to use up butter that would be melting anyway, in the event of an extended power outage only, though. And since grocery stores most places sell sticks of butter each costing almost less then a candle would, I would burn one stick in a heat-proof container like a coffee mug while I locate lanterns, batteries and candle stash.

This is surly a unique use of butter. I attempt to keep a couple of emergency candles in the home at all time and hopefully before I have to use the butter to make a candle the lights would be back on. After all if the lights are out that long, the butter has probably already melted.

This is a good emergency hack. It is not often we are left in the dark and I try to keep a few emergency candles for that rare power outage. Butter is not the cheapest item in the dairy aisle, but in a pinch you have to do what you have to do.

I saw this and could not quite believe it. Where I live, we do not have frequent power outages so there is not much use for this but I thought it was interesting! However, butter is a little expensive is use for a candle for a short time. If you are expected to be out of power for an extended length of time, then okay as the butter would melt anyway.

It sounds like a good idea but I don't think I want to risk it. Butter is not cheap and hot butter on your skin in an accidental spill is asking for a trip to the ER. I live in Florida, hurricane area and we alwYs have flashlights, candles and lanterns on hand. I think I will stick with them.

I have a couple of thoughts about this. First, I think that if you saturate the wick, no matter what it's made of, in butter or oil first, it would be easier to insert and would burn longer. Secondly, this would be very difficult to make in the dark! I know there are those times when we are caught without candles or oil lamps for lighting and this is a great idea if you can make it ahead of time (before it gets dark).

Interesting emergency hack! I sincerely hope I have a real candle or flashlight on hand, however, in a pinch, this does work. A small piece of paper towel, or even a wood stick cotton swab might serve as a wick also, but I have not personally tried it, so experiment first! Butter is not wax, but oil and milk solids, so I would put the butter in a heat resistant bowl or container, because this is highly hazardous, not only from a flame, but the hot butter running out could burn a kid or pet, so use with caution! But a good emergency tool!


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