Looking for a way to recycle all that cooking oil after dinner? Here's a simple and resourceful idea to make small candles from waste cooking oil. This is a good activity to do with the Easy Japanese Paper Lantern Craft.
WARNING: Fire Hazard!
This activity must be done under close adult supervision. Don't use candles inside. Do not leave candles burning unattended!
- used cooking oil
- old cloth or rag
- container to catch filtered oil
- oil coagulant (optional)
- a paper clip
- thick cotton string or wick
- aluminum muffin tin or used tea light tin
- Use an old cloth or rag to filter impurities from used cooking oil.
- Open a paper clip so it sits with end sticking up as shown above.
- Cut a length of wick or thick cotton cord and insert the open paper clip rod up inside the cord to make your wick stand.
- Place the wick stand in an aluminum muffin tin or used tea light tin.
- Use an oil coagulant if desired. I often find used cooking oil will coagulate by itself.
- Pour some oil into the tin.
- Light your oil candle.
Warning: The oil candle makes black smoke and smells like whatever you were cooking.