How to Make a Candle From Waste Vegetable Oil

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How to Make a Candle From Waste Vegetable Oil
Vegetable oil candles add ambience to any room (spa oils, stones and candles image by MAXFX from

After making fried chicken, don't throw out the used vegetable oil. After cleaning the vegetable oil from the crumbs of the chicken breading it can be turned into a candle. Making a vegetable oil candle is an inexpensive and unusual method of creating a candle. A vegetable oil candle creates a look of magic. When the candle is lit, it looks as if a flame is floating on top of water.

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Things you need

  • Bowl
  • Paper towel
  • Rubber band
  • Vase
  • Decorative items
  • Water
  • Oil
  • Food colouring
  • Plastic oil wick

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  1. 1

    Place a paper towel over the top of a bowl. Wrap a rubber band around the paper towel on the bowl. This will hold the paper towel in place over the bowel. This will also work by placing a strainer over a bowl and setting a paper towel inside the strainer.Cover the entire strainer with the paper towel.

  2. 2

    Pour the used vegetable oil over the paper towel. The oil will leak through the paper towel and into the bowl. The dirty oil and crumbs will stay on the paper towel. Do not dump the oil into the bowl because it will break the paper towel.

  3. 3

    Remove the paper towel and throw it away.

  4. 4

    Fill the vase or container with water 3 inches from the top.

  5. 5

    Insert any decorative items into the vase. Flowers, seashells or any other decorative item will work. Add a few drops of food colouring to the water to change the colour, if items are not used.

  6. 6

    Pour 2 inches of oil into the water. The oil will rise to the top of the water. This will happen instantly.

  7. 7

    Place a plastic oil wick into the water. Let the wick soak up the vegetable oil. This will take about a half-hour.

  8. 8

    Light the wick.

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