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Make an Emergency Candle Out of a Tub of Crisco

Candles are always good to have on hand in case the power goes out, but if you get caught without any in your house, you can make a dead simple candle with a tub of shortening and a piece of string. You can contact Whitson Gordon, the author of this post, at . You can also find him on , , and lurkin...
  • Debbie Nierste

    Emergency Candle. Just put a wick in it, and it will last for about 45 days! Put this idea in your emergency kit!

  • Laura Schindler Packard

    Emergency Preparedness {Emergency Candle. Just put a wick in it and it will last for about 45 days! Good to know.}

  • Abbie T L

    Emergency Candle. Just put a wick in it and it will last for about 45 days! Put this idea in our year supply- food storage

  • Misty Bryan

    Zombie Apocalypse Emergency Candle. Just put a wick in it and it will last for about 45 days! Put this idea in our year supply.

  • Janien Crampton

    Make an Emergency Candle Out of a Tub of Crisco. Candles are always good to have on hand in case the power goes out, but if you get caught without any in your house, you can make a dead simple candle with a tub of shortening and a piece of string. We've featured a number of DIY lamps for those emergency situations, but it's hard to get any simpler than this. Just pull out a tub of shortening, put a piece of string in the middle, and light it up. Not only will it burn, it'll last for 45 days.

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  • Heather Renee

    But where's the Nutella?

  • Tina Marie

    I know right?!!!

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    Sneakers!

  • Lanna P

    Add bug spray. Charcoal and lighter fuel to grill outside all the food that will l defrost in the fridge.

  • m leonard

    Good idea Lanna P. Our neighbors always take our grills out and share steaks and seafood with everyone and vice versa. That's how we roll in Louisiana.

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I am doing this. How many of the many flashlights in this house work? Pinner writes "Idea for emergency candles! good shower gift too" Yeah, okay, phones work, but why use that battery up

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I am SO doing this. Jar of candles that can be kept with your emergency kit for power outages. Inexpensive weekend project.