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DIY Dragon Fruit Candles: A Green And Frugal Craft Idea

Updated on January 12, 2015

Make An Upcycled Candle Using The Beautiful Skins Of Dragon Fruits And Melting Down Your Old Candles

Make beautiful homemade dragon fruit candles from the bright pink outer shells of a fresh dragon fruit and a few old candles for a frugal and green decorating idea.

I love buying exotic fruits when they become available in our grocery stores, and I was super excited when I saw dragon fruits in the produce section this spring. After we were done enjoying the mild tasting fruit, I couldn't bear to throw the gorgeous fuchsia pink shells in the compost because they were just way too beautiful! I looked at my son and he smiled and we both exclaimed, "Well, of course, we need to make candles with them first!"

If you are anything like me and don't like to waste anything, you probably have a collection of old, burnt candles hidden around your house. I gathered mine up from all the nooks and crannies where I stashed them, dusted them off and melted down the leftover wax to make these inexpensive, yet stunning dragon fruit candles.

Fresh Dragon Fruit (Set of 6)
Fresh Dragon Fruit (Set of 6)
Living in western Canada, I picked up our dragon fruit on sale for $1.50 each, though they usually average about $3.00 regular price. If at all possible, I would recommend you buy these from the grocery store, as I find they are a bit pricey on Amazon.

What Is Dragon Fruit?

When I was standing in line to pay for my groceries, the man ahead of me asked me what those strange looking pink things were, and the cashier admitted she had no idea. Well, for those of you who have never seen or tried a dragon fruit before, they are a tropical fruit that comes from a cactus plant found in Asia, South America, Mexico and Israel.

They typically have a fuchsia pink outer skin, and depending on the variety, they have a white or deep pink flesh and tiny little black seeds inside. They are very mild in flavor, tasting a little like a mixture of a kiwi and pear.

Dragon fruits, otherwise known as Pitaya, are very nutritious and are considered one of nature's super foods. They are high in fiber, antioxidants and calcium.

Total Cost Of Supplies

1 fresh dragon fruit $1.50 to $3.00

8" piece of string $0

leftover candle wax from old candles $0

Each dragon fruit yields two candles.

Melt down the wax from your old candles. I place a pot on the stove filled with about 2" of water and turn it on low. I set 2 or 3 candles into the pot at a time and allow them to melt. I then pour the melted wax into one larger jar. This is a good time to wash all the now empty little jars because the hot glass makes them super easy to clean.

Wash the skins of the dragon fruit and allow them to dry completely.

Cut a 8" piece of string in half and tie them to a wooden skewer or pencil. - Place the skewer across the tops of the shells and position the strings inside the middle.

You can also use tea light candle wicks instead of string if you have them on hand. These are really handy to have and they are super cheap too, costing only pennies apiece. Anytime you are running low on candles, you can use these wicks to make some mini candles using leftover wax or cooking oil.

Pour the melted wax into the dragon fruit skins and allow to harden completely.

Snip the strings leaving about a 1/2" at the top for the wick.

Grab a match and light your candle! These bright fuchsia pink dragon fruit candles add an exotic & tropical touch to your table décor & parties.

Keep The Candles Refrigerated Until Ready To Use!

The dragon fruit skins are perishable, so it is important to place these in the fridge if you are not burning them right away. They skins will remain firm and supple for 2-3 days before they start wilting and deteriorating.

If you are making a lot of these to add as table decorations for a party, I would make them within 24 hours of the party, preferably on the same day for maximum freshness.

I gave one of these candles as a hostess gift to my neighbors and they loved it. Wrap a piece of clear cellophane around the dragon fruit candle and tie with a pretty ribbon. You can even add a nice candle holder to go with it. Just make sure to tell the recipient that that they are perishable, must be kept refrigerated and used with a couple of days.

These would look gorgeous as a table decoration for a wedding reception or outdoor party. The bright pinks skins would look lovely paired with the colors green, blue and purple.

Dragon Fruit Frozen Popsicles
Dragon Fruit Frozen Popsicles

Dragon Fruit Recipes For Using The Pulp

If you are planning on making these for table decorations, you should have a recipe or two on hand to use up the sweet pulp of the dragon fruit. Dragon fruit tastes yummy cut up and tossed into a fresh fruit or green salad. The peel of the dragon fruit can even be used as a beautiful serving dish!

You can make salad dressings, jams, frozen desserts and so much more with dragon fruit. It's mild flavor pairs well with other fruits and compliments savory dishes. I made homemade popsicles from one of our dragon fruits and they were delicious. You can try my recipe for dragon fruit popsicles or one of the other dragon fruit recipes below.

Make These Candles Even More Green!

Use a tea light candle wick and a little olive oil instead of the wax!

Place the wick in the bottom of the dragon fruit skin. You will need to anchor the wick with a little melted wax or a few small pebbles. Gently pour in a little olive oil, until about 3/4 of the wick is covered.

Strike a match and light the wick!

© 2013 Corrinna Johnson

Tell Me What You Think Of These Homemade Dragon Fruit Candles!

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    • ecogranny profile image

      Kathryn Grace 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      What a charming way to use those lovely skins before they head for the compost bucket! Thank you for sharing your idea. Your photographs tell the story beautifully.

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      7 years ago

      Congs on your LOTD. Great lens.

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      7 years ago

      Interesting ideas!

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      7 years ago

      Love this idea!

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 

      7 years ago from Johanesburg

      Beautiful lens with great ideas ,thanks for sharing

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      7 years ago

      Very original and I love to recycle. Never seen or heard of dragon fruit before.

    • sarita garg profile image


      7 years ago from Hisar

      awesome ideas. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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      7 years ago

      Congratulations on your LotD award. Thanks for sharing.

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      Susan Deppner 

      7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Back to say congratulations on your oh-so-unique Lens of the Day!

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      Faye Rutledge 

      7 years ago from Concord VA

      I love this idea! Congratulations on LotD! :)

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      7 years ago

      I love this and I may have to tackle this myself! Great job and an awesome lens... Have a great day!

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      Valerie Smith 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      I think they are wonderful candles and a brilliant idea to use the Dragon Fruit skins. I have never seen Dragon Fruit; I'll have to find out if we import them into New Zealand! Congratulations on LotD.

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      Michael Yoshinaka 

      7 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Wow, Great idea !!! I never thought of this. : D Quite Interesting.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Amazing! Yes I've seen Dragon Fruit before here in Vegas, but never thought of using them in this way. Very ingenious of you to come up with this, and congratulations on LOTD and a lens well done!

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 

      7 years ago from Washington State

      I have only tasted dragon fruit juice, it is delicious. I have got to find some now, I so want to try this candle project. Congrats on LOTD.

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      7 years ago

      These are beautiful!

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      7 years ago

      Wow, they look gorgeous! What a great idea. Congrats on your LOTD

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      7 years ago

      Never heard of this before. Great idea. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      Rose Jones 

      7 years ago

      This is a really interesting lens, I had no idea about dragon fruit. It's really cool! I have included this as related on my fruit salad lens - maybe you could sit around and eat fruit salad by dragon fruit candlelight.

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      NC Shepherd 

      7 years ago

      Those make gorgeous candles.

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      7 years ago

      I ate this fruit one time and your lens is great.

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      7 years ago

      These are so nice looking and different. Great Idea.

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      7 years ago

      It's fascinating to read about exotic things and this fruit is one of them. Imagine the delight of receiving one of these as a hostess gift. Wow!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      7 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      Congrats on LOTD! I loved this lens the first time I saw it! Your candles are amazing, the photos excellent and the overall tone of the lens is warm and fun.

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      7 years ago

      Great idea! I'm going to have to try it!

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      7 years ago

      What a lovely idea. I will try them some time.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      7 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I have never heard of dragon fruit before this. What a neat idea Thanks so much for sharing

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      7 years ago

      Look very nice. We don´t have them here but just the same they look good.

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      Lara Fabans 

      7 years ago from Silicon Valley

      What a gorgeous idea using something that would have just gone into the compost bin.

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      Judith Nazarewicz 

      7 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      What a neat idea! Next time I buy Dragon fruit I'll have to give this a try! Thanks so much for sharing!

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      7 years ago

      Congratulations on receiving the LOTD. This is beautiful.

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      7 years ago

      Good job I love crafts.

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      7 years ago

      Fascinating! And beautiful! Now I will try making candles. I didn't know they could be made with Olive Oil. I wonder why they are called "Dragon Fruit"? Congratulations on LOTD.

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      7 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      Beautiful! Thanks for the great idea, I love making candles too and congrats on being featured. xoxo

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      Carolyn Bennett 

      7 years ago from Longview, Washington

      I love the way you designed this lens. Use of the sticky note for ingredients was brilliant!! Great Lens

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      Renaissance Woman 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      Stopping back by to celebrate with you. Congrats on LOTD!

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      7 years ago

      These homemade candles from fresh fruit is such a great idea and will make nice table decorations for a party.

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      7 years ago

      Very creative idea, it probably have to make and use when it is still fresh.

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      7 years ago

      I like this fruit a lot. Once I eat one of this , I can't stop to eat the next one.

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      7 years ago

      So interesting! I never actually saw the fruit before this.

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      Stanley Green 

      7 years ago from Czech Republic

      The idea is really unique... This is great idea to decorate a romantic dinner... Oh yes! I'll create a few of them and I'll make a surprise, romantic dinner for my beloved wife....

      Thanks for the idea!

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      7 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      I use dragon fruit in my fruit salads and green smoothies. And now I know how to reuse the skins to enjoy the beautiful pink colour for longer - thanks for a fabulous Lens and idea.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a great craft idea. I've never eaten a dragon fruit but it is one that I've been wanting to try.

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      Rosetta Slone 

      7 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      This is wonderful! Dragon fruits are one of my favourite fruits (which explains my username :) and I buy lots of them all year round as they are so plentiful here. I'll definitely be trying this project with my students.

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      7 years ago

      I accidentally found you and that is the idea of ââmaking candles from fruit peel. But you know, dragon fruit is speciality my hometown, the more especially my family grow it. So i'm very happy because you used it. Thank you a lot of you.

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      7 years ago

      Pretty candles! Thanks for the lens!

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      7 years ago

      Very nice. I want to go on the hunt for a dragon fruit.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 

      7 years ago from Mondovi, WI

      This is awesome! Great lens!

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      chi kung 

      7 years ago

      excellent idea - I love it!

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      Robin S 

      7 years ago from USA

      Congratulations, poetvix has awarded your lens with a Purple Star today!

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      7 years ago

      This has to be the best crafting lens I have seen on Squidoo, or anywhere else for that matter! How did you come up with this idea?

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      darciefrench lm 

      7 years ago

      This is the coolest candle craft idea ever :)

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      7 years ago

      I had no idea you can buy these in Canada. I've never seen them at an American grocery store. Yum!

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      7 years ago

      What a fabulous idea!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      Dragon fruit is new to me. Love these candles. Really gorgeous color and shape. Thanks for enlightening me (pun intended). :-)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I had no idea what Dragon Fruit is but love your candles. What a great idea.

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      7 years ago

      so good, looks beautiful. great lens

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      Lori Green 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas

      I don't know what dragon fruit is. I never smelled it, but it's so pretty. What a fantastic job you did on this lens.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      7 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      These are so cute I would have sworn you bought them. Awesome!

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      7 years ago

      nice lens, looks beautiful.

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      7 years ago

      Amazing idea, I love it!

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      Ellen Gregory 

      7 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      these are such a pretty color.

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      7 years ago

      How cool. I have never seen nothing like this. Thanks for sharing

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      7 years ago

      Your dragon fruit candles are lovely and festive! I would love to know if there is a way to dry/harden those shells of the fruit; thinking great little colorful bowls.

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      Angela F 

      7 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Never seen anything like them. Very cool :)

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      Susan Deppner 

      7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Very unique and cool!

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      Margaret Schindel 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      What a clever idea! I never would have thought to make candles for short-term use with a perishable shell. These are just beautiful, Corrinna.


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