Make an emergency candle out of toilet paper and butter #Do It Yourself#emergency#lighting March 8 2013 | Megan Finley Horowitz meggyfin Thanks to Neatorama for featuring this fascinating-yet-super-helpful video on how to use butter and toilet paper to make a candle. Perfect for emergencies like power outages or unexpected romantic interludes. Watch how… Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Horowitz When Megan's not writing, traveling, and sleeping, she's eating like the fate of the world depends on it. (You're welcome, world!) You can snoop into her personal life over on her website The Dash and Dine! @meggyfin @thedashanddine @meggyfin PREVIOUS Legal questions for families with sperm donors NEXT How on earth do you move with an outdoor cat? Show/Hide comments [ 16 ] Anyone know how feasible this is with margarine? I don't know how the chemicals present would affect burning. Reply Margarine is made from hydrogenated vegetable oils, so chemically, it would burn. (Chemically most things will burn… eventually. :P) However, personally, I wouldn't try it with margarine as I wouldn't want to be aerosolizing that. Reply Ah yes. Nothing says "romance" like a quarter stick of burning butter. Reply Can you imagine interrupting a fledgling romantic interlude with, "Just a minute, let me fire up some butter"? Reply "It was so romantic. He gave me roses, and we had a bubble bath and ate bon bons, and then he took me to the bedroom and he had lit sticks of butter EVERYWHERE. It was just MAGICAL." Reply I don't know about you guys, but if someone MacGyver-ed one of these infront of me, it'd turn me on like WHOA. … I also really like butter. 😉 Reply I wonder if this would work with other solid fats, that don't necessarily have nice paper wrappers to keep them in shape… I'm thinking that if you used a narrow glass and the paperclip trick that they suggest for giving the wick more support, you could probably use butter that doesn't come in sticks, shortening, lard, or even maybe margarine (although it might work better with some brands of margarine than others, who knows…). It might even work with oil! (I may need to try this when I get home…) Reply You can do this with citrus peels and oil, too! I found a video for it right before seeing this one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfhvqUr0jrU It would be a fun project, even without an emergency! Reply I'm guessing margarine might not work because it has quite a bit of water in it. To the laboratory! Reply Interesting to know that you can turn butter into a candle but, it would have to be some kind emergency before I would use butter as a candle. If is a zombie apocalypse, I am going to want end of the world pancakes or something. If it is a temporary power outage, go to bed early and have some fun, (my husband chimed in " get out your robe and wizard hat." hehe. Reply I've seen this done with a tub of Crisco…. does it smell like butter all the time? I might have the need to lick it…… Reply I was wondering if it would smell like butter too. "Honey, what is that smell? It's so… intoxicating…" Reply http://greatnorthernprepper.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/how-to-make-an-everlasting-candle-from-crisco/ I melt the vegetable shortening, add citronella, lemon and lavender essential oil to it then pour it into washed tuna cans with wicks from old votives and then put them around outside when we have parties, they last all night Reply Could you add cinnamon and/or brown sugar to the butter so it would smell like cookies baking while the butter candle is burning? Sounds crazy, maybe, but was just wondering… Reply Omg that sounds like it would smell so good. Please try this and let me know how it goes (I would but I'm a poor college kid who can't afford food and candles aren't allowed in the dorm!) Reply This is a great idea, especially in an emergency. Does this make for a lot of soot? Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.