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Candle Protectors

Organizing Good Things 2005

Loose candles can get damaged easily when stored in drawers. Use paper-towel tubes -- the perfect size and shape -- to protect them. Wrap a pair of candles in tissue paper, then slip the package into a cardboard tube. Label each tube with the candles' color and length for quick identification.

Comments (22)

  • LucyMaryJane 1 Jan, 2013

    Another idea if you have a wood stove. I insert the lint from my dryer into a toilet paper tube. Makes great fire starters for a woodstove. Usually first time around if I give it to someone I wrap tissue around the tube and place it is a little gift bag. Lint is highly combustable. It is amazing how
    fast you can fill up a tube!

  • Kimba259 8 Sep, 2011

    HaHa! I love it when great minds think alike! I use waxed paper since sometimes the tissue paper leaves wrinkle imprints on the candles, the waxed paper does not!

  • Melanie Elaine 2 Feb, 2011

    Wow. I really love this. I collect the cardboard tubes already, because I cut them in a sprial shape and it creates two handmade toys for my parrot, J.J. I, too, think that spray adhesive and a pretty paper or a quick drying light spray of glitter paint might be nice. I like my buffet drawers to seem decorated. I am the only one who will see it, but I need visuals to keep me happy throughout my home. Signed, Countess Melanie

  • maeg83 6 Sep, 2010

    I would strongly suggest at least wrapping some sorta pretty wrapping paper around the tubes first. Just sayin'.

  • coco1101 6 Sep, 2010

    This is an excellent idea - easy to do and will save our tapers from being nicked and scratched.

  • samzuni 6 Sep, 2010

    This is a neat idea, especially applying the candle color and size on the ourside of the container.

  • MTJDW 6 Sep, 2010

    What a great idea! Also, a good way to reuse items that might otherwise get thrown away.

  • hariz90 16 Sep, 2009

    next time i will keep my paper towel tubes for this

  • ladyrph 16 Sep, 2009

    I love this! Simnple,easy and green!

  • ToniToya 16 Sep, 2009

    why go to all the trouble of contact paper, contact, make it easy for yourself, just put them in there, label and your done

  • 1952panda 9 Sep, 2008

    You can also use colorful contact paper

  • delinep 8 Sep, 2008

    To make the storage rolls more attractive, you could also use wrapping paper around the tube. Red paper for red candles, gold paper for gold candles, white paper...well you get the idea.

  • kodabarker 8 Sep, 2008

    Martha, love you'r ideas, I really need you to help organize my home!!!!

  • kodabarker 8 Sep, 2008

    love it! thank you Martha!

  • tcw61 7 Sep, 2008

    I love this idea!! No more nicked candles!! Another good idea for toilet paper rolls is to coil up electric cords and slide them mre excess cords dangling!

  • Anna_Marie 7 Sep, 2008

    Love this! I already use tissue around my tapers, but never would have thought of adding a paper-towel cookies around there!

  • JessePiester 7 Sep, 2008

    I'm surprised this didn't suggest acid-free tissue paper! That's more martha-y.

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  • LMDC 7 Sep, 2008

    while I think the tissue paper is a fine idea, the papertowel rolls are a bit of over kill.
    I use the lid to shoe boxes.

  • Shannan 7 Sep, 2008

    Another good use of paper towel tubes: storage of tongs. Clamp the tongs together, slip them in one end of the tube and then into the drawer they go - easy to find and no snagging other utensils.

  • beaglesrule 20 Jun, 2008

    Hey Cynfone, You must be a new Martha enthusiast. This candle storage idea was a Good Thing way, way, way back. She has "millions" of them!

  • cynfone 3 Jan, 2008

    I have recently moved and wanted a way to store and move my candles in a way that they wouldn't be damaged. I wish I'd seen this earlier.