Now that I’ve figured out how easy it is to make candles with my No-Mess Candle Making Method, I’ve been making lots of candles around here. I decided to make a pillar candle, but I needed a mold.
The solution? A Pringles can.
It’s the perfect size for a nice pillar candle. All you do is pour the melted wax in the can, let it harden, and peel away the cardboard, like so:
Make A Pillar Candle With A Pringles Can
Wax (Old Candles, etc)
Paperclip or Washer
Paper Towel Or Newspaper
Clothespin or Skewer
Clean out the Pringles can with soap and water to make sure you don’t end up with a greasy candle. Dry the can with a paper towel or rag.
Make the wick. I used cotton embroidery floss, but you could use any kind of cotton string. I took three pieces of floss slightly longer than the Pringles can. I tied them to a washer and braided them. When it was done, it looked like this:
Clean out the milk jug with soap and cut it in half so you have a plastic tub to hold the wax. Put the old candles inside the jug.
Fill a pot with water and float the jug in it. Turn the heat on medium, bring the water to a bare simmer, and let the wax slowly melt. It takes about 10 minutes.
When the wax begins to run, dip the wick in the wax so that it is thoroughly coated. Fish the wick out with the plastic fork and lay on a paper towel or newspaper to dry.
When the wick is dry, carefully drop it so that it is centered in the candle. Attach to a skewer or clothes pin so that it stays in place.
When the wax is melted, pour into the candle. Use a plastic fork to keep back any old wicks or debris, if necessary.
Let the candle sit until completely set up. Peel away the can and snip the wick short.