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Imagine this: The lights in your neighbourhood go out, and you realize that you don’t have a flashlight or candles. Uh oh! But wait, all hope is not lost. Bust out those DIY skills (and a few household items) and light up the room with your very own homemade candle.

Let’s get started.

  1. First, pay no mind to the cheesy condo-website music playing in the background. It’s hilarious, yes, but non-essential to the DIY candle-making process.
  2. Start by gathering up the following items: butter (yep, butter), a glass container, toilet paper, a lighter and a screwdriver.
  3. Grab a good amount of delicious butter and stuff it in the glass container, making sure not to fill it to the brim.
  4. Next, take the toilet paper and rip it so that it forms a square that’s 1.5 inches long on each side. Twist it diagonally to create your candle wick.
  5. But creating your wick is only half the battle. You have to make it flammable. How do you safely do that? Just roll it around in your stick of butter. Ta-da!
  6. Now, you’re ready to insert the wick into the candle. Use your screwdriver to poke a hole through the butter. Stick that little guy right into the hole. Voilà! Your wick has a new home.
  7. And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for: Light that sucker up and bask in the glory of your butter candle. Don’t worry, it’s not supposed to look like other candles. It’s special. (Just like you.) Wait for the fire to burn though the top of the wick until it’s a little stub above the butter.

Do you smell that? Yep, that’s the smell of success and freshly popped popcorn. Both are delicious. So good, in fact, you’ll almost wish for the lights to go out again just so you can break this buttery beauty out more often.