In another post, we looked at how to make hand dipped tallow candles. They’re a versatile slow burning candle that produces bright light without smell. However, hand dipping candles can be tricky to master, with candle wicks easily becoming tangled and clumping together. Arms can easily become tired from the repeated dipping and holding as the wax sets. Sometimes, no matter how careful you are, hand dipped candles can be lumpy, oddly shaped, or just too thin to be functional.
This is where making poured candles can be a more practical option. Poured candles are faster to make, require less clean up, and use every last bit of tallow. Plus, you don’t have to worry about making sure they’re the right size to fit a candlestick, let alone making sure that you even have candlesticks in the house.
Whether you’re making them for your emergency backup lighting or as a nontoxic alternative to store bought candles -and a cheaper alternative to eco-friendly candles- or are simply looking for a DIY gift idea, poured candles are a low-mess craft that is both practical and frugal.
You can use the fat of any animal you raise or hunt for food to make your tallow candles, including lard (rendered pig fat) which is unsuitable for hand dipped tallow candles but perfect for poured tallow candles.
Final Thoughts on Poured Tallow Candles
Handmade poured tallow candles are a great way to take your outdoor self-sufficiency skills and apply them toward a practical household use. These candles can be used as emergency lighting should the power fail. And should things become truly serious, they can even be used as a food source (as long as they aren’t colored or scented.)
As these candles are so simple to make, yet environmentally friendly and contain no allergens, they are also a great item that you can make and sell for profit along with other skills and crafts you may make and offer.