Although we may try to prepare well for a disaster, sometimes we forget to plan for some things. Perhaps you intended to include candles in your kit, but forgot to, or your flashlight fails to work in which case, you might have to create a DIY lantern. Here are several ways to create a DIY lamp for emergency purposes:
- Use old bacon grease or bacon
Most people typically store their bacon grease in a container for later use. If you are one of those people and you have a stash of bacon grease, it can help you make a DIY lantern or survival candle. All you have to do is stick a wick that is made out of natural fiber in the grease and light it. Alternatively, you can also use the fatty pieces of bacon. Simply separate the fatty bacon areas and isolate them in a jar, then stick a wick inside the fatty parts and it will burn like a candle. Please note that you should rub the wick with bacon grease first to prevent it from catching fire.
- Use shortening
Shortening is any fat that has solidified at room temperature. A perfect example of shortening is margarine, and it can be used to create makeshift lanterns for emergency situations. Shortening is ideal for making lanterns to service outages that last several days. To create a DIY light using shortening, all you do is fill a can with shortening and jam a natural fiber wick like a piece of cotton shirt or a piece of string from a mop into the shortening. Light the wick and the DIY lantern can burn for days without going off.
- Using a headlamp and a clear water bottle
For moderate lighting, you can create a lantern using a headlamp and a clear water bottle. To make the DIY lamp, reverse the headlamp around the bottle so that the headlamp illuminates light towards the center of the clear bottle. The light produced is moderate as water diffuses and diverts the light from the headlamp.
- Use Crayola
If you have kids, you may have already included crayons in your emergency preparedness kit. Since crayons are in essence colored wax, they can act like candles whenever you need emergency lighting. You simply need to break or flatten the pointy end of a crayon and light the crayon’s label at the end. The paper acts as a wick and as the wax melts the paper continues to burn and produce light.
These non-electric hacks can be helpful during emergencies or when you go off the grid and forget to pack flashlights or candles.