A few weeks ago, I saw a video online about how to open a can without a can opener, and I had to give the method a try. Sometimes I just need to get out from behind my computer and do creative things. Today, I saw a video that demonstrated how to make a candle from a stick of butter and toilet paper, and I got the urge to try it out.

As I sit here typing, the candle is still burning on a table next to me, sputtering away. It’s a bit noisy and flares up every few seconds. It’s definitely not the type of candle that would create a romantic ambiance, but in the event that you have no electricity and are short on candles, it could be helpful.

My candle burned for about 45 minutes before the butter burned down low enough for the wick to fall over. Once it fell over, it went out. If I needed to have the candle burn for a longer time, I would wrap the toilet paper around a paper clip, like the video suggests.

This could be a fun, quick experiment to do with kids over the upcoming holiday break. Be very vigilant with children if you do this. Hot melted butter will probably burn skin worse than a little hot melted candle wax.

I spent a little time looking at some of the other videos that the King of Random, the creator of the butter candle video, has on his YouTube channel. There are plenty of interesting things to try on his channel. I’ll be pointing it out to my boys. Maybe they’ll spend some of their time over the break trying some of the other experiments. 

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