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How To Make a Soup Can Candle


Soup Can

Soup Can

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A candle that looks like a can of soup? Yep, and it couldn't be easier or cheaper to make.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 30 minutes of hand-on time

Here's How:

  1. Remove the lid from a can of soup with a safety can opener (the kind that removes the lid without leaving a sharp edge behind), and eat the contents.
  2. Then, rinse and dry the inside of the can, taking care not to get the label wet.
  3. Melt candle wax in a double boiler.
  4. If desired, add a couple broken crayon pieces to color the wax and a few drops of candle fragrance to scent it.
  5. Place a wick in the center of the soup can.
  6. Then, pour the melted wax into the can, stopping slightly below the lip.
  7. Allow the wax to cool for several hours or until completely hardened.
  8. Top off the candle with more wax, if necessary.
  9. Then, trim the wick, and your candle is ready to use!


  1. Save money by melting down old candles and reusing the wax.
  2. Make a bunch, and give them as gifts.

What You Need:

  • A can of soup
  • A can opener (the kind that doesn't leave a sharp edge)
  • Candle wax
  • Candle wicks
  • A double boiler
  • optional: candle fragrance
  • optional: crayon pieces for coloring the wax
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