DIY Emergency Candles You Can Make in Minutes

diy emergency candles


In a grid down situation it is paramount to survival to have a light source.  You will need the ability to see where you are walking and what you are trying to do.  Have you ever tried tying knots or performing the simplest tasks like changing clothes in the dark?

As a prepper it is important to have multiple sources of light.  However, our supplies are not going to last us forever.  Also, a lot of us don’t have a huge budget to buy a lot of prepper gear.

That is why it is important to learn DIY projects to make your own gear and supplies.  A DIY emergency candle is something that can be made easily and on a small budget.  So I gathered a few ways to create a DIY emergency candle.

Crayon Candles

What you will need:

  • A plate
  • Lighter or source of fire
  • Crayons


  1. Burn the tip of the crayon with your lighter
  2. Allow the wax from the crayon to drip a small puddle on the plate
  3. Give the puddle a few seconds to cool off
  4. Stand the lit crayon on top of the wax puddle
  5. Hold until the crayon is stuck into position then release
  6. Now you can light other crayons with that flame to create a bigger light source


Soda Can Lantern

What you will need:

  • Soda can
  • Steel wool
  • Motor oil


  1. Pour the oil into the soda can
  2. Unroll and flatten the steel wool
  3. Place the steel wool strand inside of the can with the tail hanging out the top
  4. Rub the tail end of the steel wool with some oil
  5. Light with a lighter


Orange Candle

What you will need:

  • Orange
  • Knife
  • Vegetable/olive oil


  1. Peel the skin of the orange
  2. Pull the orange out of the bottom half without rippoing the bottom. You should see a stem standing up
  3. Pour oil over the stem until it is drenched and a small puddle is below it
  4. Light the stem (it might take a while to catch a light)