In an emergency, a single coloring crayon will burn from end to end in 15 minutes, creating a bright white flame. This could be a situation ranging from running out of fuel on a winter trip, or running out of power in your home during a storm, or any place in between. Being resourceful can be the difference between having and not having, and that can be all the difference in the world.

If you are so lucky as to have an intact box of 64 individual colors, that means you have enough crayons for 16 hours of light. So how does it work? First, melt or grind down the pointed end of the crayon. This is unusable material, as the wax itself doesn’t hold the flame, but it is the fuel. By melting the pointed end, you can use it as a base for the crayon-candle. Then, light the paper at the opposite end of the candle. The paper carries the flame and the wax itself acts as fuel for the fire.

Please keep in mind this is is for emergencies only. Crayons are petroleum based and do not burn cleanly and will give off soot and odors. Also make sure that whatever you attach it to is a fireproof surface!

As always we recommend being properly prepared for emergency situations and having having training to effectively use the tools at your disposal. If you are looking for a real emergency candle, check out this Sterno 55-hour candle.