Emergency candle + match sets are always a good idea to have around. Whether it’s a rolling brown-out (our air conditioner has been battling the 90+ weather all day), a zombie apocalypse, or impromptu camp-out, keeping a fire source handy is just part of being a good scout and prepared human being.
I made these up-cycled tin candles roughly a million years ago, but enjoyed making up a new set this week with the addition of a little enamel paint AND included matches and strike pads for convenience.
I started by painting a base coat of Testors enamel paint on what happened to be a cat breath freshener tin. Yes? I don’t come to your house and judge you, do I?
I had a few tins I wanted to convert into emergency candles, so they all got a base coat of paint, and were set aside to dry completely.
Using red, neon orange and yellow, I painted some flames onto the lid of the up-cycled tins.
Then I used THIS >>> RADMEGAN POST <<<to transform my tins into candles. (It’s easy, I promise.)
When the paint, and the wax was completely cool, I used scissors to cut the strike pads off of a small match box and used double-sided tape to secure them to the lid of the tin. I used regular, one-sided tape to secure a few matches inside each tin as well.
These would make fun little gifts for Father’s Day, your favorite camper/hiker/outdoors-person, or doomsday enthusiast! Enjoy!