If anyone knew how to properly store taper candles, it would be Martha Stewart. She first wraps the candles in a single paper towel and then places them inside an empty cardboard tube. This allows them to be kept safe from breaks, dings or nicks.
Storing the candles in tubes, when you pull them out at the last minute before a dinner party, they don't look like the last time you used them was 5 years ago. Even if it wasn't, the amount of stray dust, dirt and assorted stuff in the bottom of many drawers can stick to candles and make them look unsightly. It's not the biggest sin in the world, but why bother with the worry when you can repurpose your empty paper towel tubes in the process?
Image: Martha Stewart