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Making a Big Pillar Candle using a Pringles Tube

Last month we used a “health salts” container (so very middle aged!) to make a lovely chunky candle and decorated it with applique stars. We’re really keen on recycling household objects to use for candle making so the next step was, naturally enough, to step up to a Pringles tube. For ages, we’ve been looking for a way for you to create big candles to use, for example, as table decorations, without having to spend £20 on a mould so I spent a happy afternoon in the lab working out whether Pringles really are the answer.

Rather than just create a single colour candle, I wanted to make one with a graded colour that went from lighter at the top to darker at the bottom as you can see in the photo. In fact, I’d have liked a bigger contrast so, next time I’ll do things a little differently.

Here’s what I used:

…along with the usual double boiler setup
This made a candle 7 inches tall (17.5cm) – so a good rule of thumb for these containers is 100g wax + 1g dye per inch of height

Video from the labs

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How to make Votive Candles

How to make chunky applique candles

These gorgeous applique candles are made from soy candle wax with separately made decoration. We’ve found that some food containers make excellent disposable moulds – especially those with “metallic” surfaces inside, for example Pringle containers. The container must be cardboard based, not plastic, but you should find you can use it several times. A good indication that the tube can be used is if it has a metal bottom. Here, we’re using a “health salts” container to produce a candle with a 7cm diameter and 6.5cm height.

What You Need


  • A suitable food container – we’re using an old “health salts” container we got from Wilkinsons. In general, those that work best have an impermeable inner lining designed for keeping the food inside absolutely dry. You could try cutting a Pringles tube to around the same height (6.5cm).
  • 275g EcoSoya PB wax (vary the quantities if you use a different sized mould)
  • 100g Container wax (for best results – or you can try the EcoSoya)
  • 1-2g dye
  • ECO10 Wick (again, dependent on the width of the mould)
  • Wick stick or pencil
  • Optional: Scent
  • Some blutack or whitetack or similar

…and this is the required equipment

  • Double boiler arrangement or two saucepans, one smaller than the other
  • Baking tray and greaseproof paper
  • Food or craft cutters
  • Spatula
  • – remember you can’t use any of these for food preparation after this!

How to do it

Making the candle

  1. Rinse out and dry the mould
  2. Drill a small hole in the bottom of the mould – just big enough to pass the wick through
  3. Push the wick through the hole and seal with blutack
  4. Fix the wick to a wick stick or pencil to pull it tight centrally
  5. Melt the EcoSoya wax in your double boiler. Remember, never use direct heat
  6. Add scent, if you’re using it
  7. Pour the wax into the mould – you might want to stand the mould in some sort of protective container in case of spillages
  8. You can now get on with making the decorations

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How to make container candles – a child friendly candle making recipe

Kids like crafts and, for a while now, we’ve offered child-friendly kits for making candles with beeswax sheets. However, the candles we see all around us tend to be container candles. These are usually created by melting container wax in a “double boiler” and pouring it into the glass jar, tea cup or whatever. This is all very well, and we have some lovely kits for making container candles but until now they’ve not been suitable for children (except, perhaps, older children under very close supervision).

So, we’ve come up with this recipe for creating a jam-jar container candle without needing the double boiler setup or handling molten wax [remember to click the Print button top left to print them out]

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How to make Egg Shell Candles

We had Ham, Egg and Chips for dinner last night and instead of throwing the egg shells in the bin I kept them to make cute little Easter candles in. I washed the shells and put them to one side to dry. Then I sat them upright in the old egg carton.

Meanwhile, I melted some Container Candle Wax but you could try recycled wax from used candles if you wanted to, although I haven’t tried this. There is probably only around 10g wax in each egg shell but they do vary as I didn’t take great care when cracking the eggs.

I didn’t add any dye to the wax but poured it carefully straight into the egg shells when melted, not quite to the top though. And I kept a little of the wax in the pan which I will come back to later.

After a couple of minutes, as the wax was just starting to set, I dropped a Tealight Wick and Tab into the centre of each egg shell.  One of them refused to sit up straight and I realised that the egg membrane had lifted up inside the shell when I poured the hot wax in so I gave it a poke with my stirring stick to break it.

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How to make a spring bulb container candle

Making this container candle with a twist is pretty simple, as long as you follow the steps! This candle is actually two in one: a flower tart embedded within a container candle and you can experiment by adding one scent to the flower tart and a different one to the container.

Here’s what you need to make this (note- links are given to our shop for convenience, you can use your own supplies if you have them) :

  • A glass container – we bought ours from Wilkinsons in a pack of 6. You need to be careful if the container was not specifically designed for candle making (as in our case) as it’s possible it will shatter if the glass comes into close contact with the wick. So, if you’re using a pudding dish, for example, drop the wick size by one so that the heat is more gentle.
  • Container wax – Use our guide to calculating the amount of wax to use to help you work out the amount.
  • Wick and tabs – use our guide to calculating the wick size to work out which one to use. This is the right wick for a teacup width container. If you don’t have tabs you may be able to get away with using white tack instead.
  • Flower tart mould
  • Paraffin Wax for the flower tart mould
  • Dye and scent as required. Read more ›

Recycling Candles Project 1: Recycled Pillar Candle Making

We’ve spent a LOT of time over the past months working out the most effective ways to recycle old candles into new. We’ve set up a Recycling Group which receives the latest projects and advice on how to recycle candles, please think about joining it by clicking the link: it’s entirely free!

We’re going to be releasing a series of projects containing full instructions on how to make candles using recycled wax. Some of them, such as this one, require a mould but the next project is a container candle for which you can use an old mug or jar. We’ve listed ideal ingredients and materials below but feel free to experiment with odds and ends at home. Read more ›

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