Hey there Galley Peeps.
Today’s post is all about economy,
with a little off grid thrown into the mix.
I came across a super idea for inexpensive candles
using things you likely already have on hand.
A candle on a boat, any open flame really,
is something that has to have constant attention.
Small spaces and perpetual motion mean taking extra care,
but in the evening I love adding to the ambiance of a romantic cockpit meal
with a candle or two.
Because it’s made in a little Mason jar
I can easily replace the lid and store it away safely.
The proof of its usefulness for us though will be just how liquid it becomes
in the heat of the summer.
For this reason I made it small
so it will fit easily lidded in our little boat refrigerator when not in use.
I like the idea too of adding essential oils that will help to repel mosquitos.
HOMEMADE WAXLESS CANDLE
what you will need
1 container (size and style is a personal preference)
Vegetable shortening, enough to fill the container
so that when melted you still have about 1″ from rim.
Essential oil of choice (I used Tea Tree), 1 tsp for my small jar
Citrus, cedar and lavender are also great choices.
1 metal nut for weight
1 foot of cotton string for the wick
1 long toothpick or other wooden skewer
You can also melt crayons for colour but I kept it simple.
- 1 container (size and style is a personal preference)
- Vegetable shortening, enough to fill the container so that when melted you still have about 1" from rim.
- Essential oil of choice (I used Tea Tree), 1 tsp for my small jar
- Citrus, cedar and lavender are also great choices.
- 1 metal nut for weight
- 1 foot of cotton string for the wick
- 1 long toothpick or other wooden skewer
- You can also melt crayons for colour but I kept it simple.
- I found it easier to start with the wick first.
- Tie one end of the string to the metal nut.
- Wrap the other end of the string around the wooden skewer and lower into the container keeping it centred.
- The nut should sit just barely on the bottom of the container.
- Pour the melted shortening and essential oil into the container.
- As I mentioned earlier, make sure the liquid comes within about 1" from the rim.
- Place in refrigerator or freezer until the shortening becomes solid again, about 1 hour should do.
- Cut the string wick to about ½" in length.
- Light and enjoy.