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How to: Bottle cap candles

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We saw these crafty bottle-cap candles scattered around the spread at a beer dinner and couldn’t resist attempting to make a stash for ourselves. Luckily, the process is even simpler than drinking your way through the bottles.

What you need:

20 clean, flat bottle caps

1 1-pound package microwaveable soy candle wax

20 2-inch, pre-waxed candle wicks with wick clips

glass liquid measuring cup with pouring spout

baking sheet lined with aluminum foil

• Evenly space the bottle caps upside-down on the lined baking sheet; set the tray on a workspace in a room-temperature area away from breezes, or, for best results, place the baking sheet in a low oven for 3 minutes. (Cool bottle caps won’t bond well with wax.) Set one wick in the center of each bottle cap, ensuring the wicks stand straight up.

• Following the wax manufacturer’s instructions, microwave about 2 cups of wax flakes in the measuring cup until the wax is completely melted and measures 180 degrees on a thermometer (about 30 seconds to 1 minute).

• Pour the melted wax into the bottle caps until each is full but not overflowing, and let the tray cool 2 hours.

• Store candles in a cool, dry container or refrigerate. Before burning, trim wicks to 1/4 inch. Each candle should burn 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

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One Comment

  • JKS says:

    Hi! I have a question!

    I have to make 200 of these. I have all of the caps, but they still have the plastic liner inside. It took me 10 minutes to remove three of them … I’ve decided NOT to remove the plastic liners to save time. Is it okay to not remove the liners?? I decided I would use pre-waxed wicks with the wick clip glued to the bottom of each cap. That way as the candle is burning the wick can’t fall over and touch the plastic liner. All of the tutorials I have read on how to make these bottle cap candles say you must remove the plastic liner inside the caps. Why? Can’t I save the time and just glue the wick in place to be sure the wick’s flame doesn’t light the plastic on fire and be done?

    I guess I’m wondering if there’s a reason for removing the plastic liners inside the caps??

    Thanks!

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