Instructions for Cardboard Box Candle    

Make a Candle in a Cardboard Box

You can make candles with interesting textures in any cereal, or food container box. These candles have a rustic, unfinished charm. Create one-colour candles, or candles with stripes.

Work out the volume of wax needed as follows: multiply the height of the box, by the length, by the width, in centimeters, eg., this box was 8.5 high x 21.5 long x 8.5 cm wide = 1553. Cardboard box candle Take 90% of this figure, 1398, and that will be approximately the gram weight of the wax you use. If you work in inches, 1 inch = 2.54cm. And divide the gram weight by 453.59 to get the equivalent pound weight.

You'll need:

  • A cardboard box
  • Wick/s
  • Stearin
  • Wax
  • Candle dyes
  • Masking tape
  • Glue
  • A wicking needle, or bamboo skewer
  • A lubricating spray, (silicone, or non-silicone). We used Q20, a super multi-purpose lubricant

Taped up cardboard box

How to Prepare the Box

1. The day before, if possible: glue the flaps, in the base of the box, down. This prevents buckling, and strengthens the box.

2. Turn the lid's flaps downwards, and tape them to the sides of the box.

3. Run tape around the edges of the box, and up the corners, to stop any leakages.


Spraying the box 1. Spray the box thoroughly. Turn it over onto newspaper, to drain the excess liquid.

2. Melt the stearin, and add the colour dyes you need. Add the wax. Prime the wick/s in the melting wax.

3. When the wax reaches a temperature of 88˚C, (190˚F), pour a 1.5cm, (0.59") layer of wax into the box. Wind the wick/s over, or tie them onto the needle, or skewer, and insert their ends into the setting wax. Leave the wax until almost firm, but still warm. (The wax should dent when you pierce it, not break).

Wicking up the box

4. Reheat the wax to 88˚C. Pour a second, 2.54cm, (1 inch) layer in, and leave until partially set.

5. Reheat the rest of the wax, and pour to the top for a one-colour candle, or pour layers for striped candles. Top up when cavities form.

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