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How To Make A Candle Out Of An Orange
Make Natural Citrus Candles From An Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit Or Lime
I was so delighted when a friend showed me how to make a candle out of an orange using only a fresh piece of fruit and a little olive oil. They are so simple to make, cost very little, only use natural organic ingredients found in your kitchen and are much healthier and environmentally friendly than most store bought candles.
These rustic and homey candles are simply beautiful and the subtle burnt citrus aroma smells amazing. These would be great to use for an outdoor garden party or at a cozy dinner party. Citrus fruit candles are not only for decorative purposes. Making DIY candles from kitchen ingredients is a life hack everyone should know how to do in case of a power outage or an emergency.
So, grab a piece of your favorite citrus fruit and follow along as I show you how to make a candle out of an orange, grapefruit, lemon or lime.
Freshen Up Your Home With The Subtle Aroma Of Citrus Fruit In Just Minutes!
Grab An Orange, A Bottle Of Olive Oil And A Book Of Matches!
Citrus fruit candles are super easy to make and they only take a couple of minutes to prepare. You will need an orange, grapefruit, lemon or lime and any cooking oil you have stocked in your kitchen. I use olive oil in my candles because I always have a bottle kicking around in my pantry. You will also need a lighter or book of matches to light the wick, a cutting board, a knife and a spoon.
Enhance the refreshing and natural smell of the candle by adding a few drops of citrus scented essential oils. Mix and match different oils to create a scent that is unique to your preferences. I love the sweet and exotic floral scent of Ylang Ylang. It smells absolutely amazing blended with a few drops of orange essential oil. I also like the combination of lavender and orange scents blended together.
How To Make A Natural Citrus Candle - DIY Instructions And Photo Tutorial
Place the orange or other citrus fruit you are using on a cutting board and cut it in half through the middle. We will be using the top half of the orange to make the bowl of the candle. Set aside the bottom half of the orange for later use.
Using your thumb, gently separate the segments of orange from the peel. Being very careful to leave the center stem intact, lift out the orange segments and put them in a bowl for a yummy snack or wrap them up and put them in the fridge for later.
You will be left with a beautiful and leak-proof orange peel bowl which has it's own natural "wick" extending upwards from the center.
The half of the orange with the "button" on top has a thicker stem and are the easiest side to remove the insides of the orange from. I like to use the bottom half of the oranges for a lid.
If you accidentally remove the center white stem, grab another orange and try again! If you are planning on making a lot of these decorative and rustic homemade candles, you may want to serve a fruit salad for dinner or make a jug of fresh orange juice for breakfast.
Next, we are going to make a lid. Grab the bottom half of the orange that you set aside at the beginning and hollow it out. Cut a design into the bottom of the hollowed out cup with a knife. Get even more creative and cut out fun shapes using a mini cookie cutter or use a power drill to make lots of little holes in the lid for the candlelight to spill out from.
Fill the bowl of the orange three-quarters full with cooking oil. Using a spoon, drizzle the oil over the wick until it is thoroughly soaked.
That's it! It couldn't get any simpler than this. Now all you need to do is grab a pack of matches and light your all natural citrus fruit candle. Sit back and enjoy the delicious aromatic fruity scents as they fill your home with their yumminess and dazzle your friends and family with your crafty ingenuity.
The easiest fruit to use for candle making are oranges and grapefruits. The flesh separates quite easily from the rind and leaves a smooth interior. The different varieties of oranges such as clementines and mandarins have a thinner skin which will give them a more transparent and glowy effect when they are burning.
Lemons and lime candles are a little more fiddly to prepare. They have a thicker rind and tougher skins inside the flesh which are not always very easy to remove. I use a spoon to scoop as much of the pulp and juice as possible. They don't have a very thick center stem, so I like to leave a bit of the tough skins in the middle to make a thicker wick. They don't have to be perfect...the fleshy appearance of natural lemon and lime candles invokes a wonderful country home feeling.
This Is How My Orange Candle Looked After 8 Hours Of Continuous Burning...
I blew my natural orange candle out after 8 hours of continuous burning, and that was only because I was going to bed. The candle probably would have kept burning for another 2 or 3 hours. The brown color in the bottom of the bowl is vanilla!
The candle burned very clean and did not create any smoke which is evident by the clean interior of the lid. The flame of the candle lightly charred the edges of the cut-out in the lid that left an amazing subtle burnt orange aroma lingering in the air.
The bowl of the candle absorbs some of the oils into it's rind, darkening in color and becoming translucent, giving it a glowy effect the longer the candle burns, while remaining firm and leak proof.
If your candle does not sit level, use a piece of sticky tac or modelling clay underneath the bowl to prop it up. Balance bumpy and uneven lemons and limes on the rims of small glasses or jars.
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The Candles Make Great Gifts For Teachers, Co-Workers, Hostesses And Friends
Wrap the candles up in clear cellophane tied with a bright orange ribbon...add a cute label and a couple of wooden matches for a wonderful homemade gift.
Just be sure to tell the recipient to keep the candle in the fridge until they are ready to use and to add a little oil before they light the wick.
Add A Free Printable Gift Tag
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Embellish Your Tags With Dried Orange Peels
I used a mini heart cutter to cut out heart shapes from the lid of the orange and then I baked the heart shaped peels in the oven to use as embellishments on my gift tags.
Cut out small shapes from the orange peel and dry in a 250°F oven for 30 minutes.
Using a hot glue gun, attach the dried orange peels to the labels or thread a piece of string through them to make natural, handmade gift tags.
Do You Love Citrus Candles As Much As I Do? These Are My Favorite Citrus Scented Candles!
I LOVE citrus scented candles and I keep one in every room of my house. I like to burn an orange and vanilla candle at the same time. The combination of orange and vanilla mixed together smells amazing!
Ooh! I love this shabby chic candle. It is the perfect decor for cozy, country homes. I absolutely adore the deep blood orange color of this candle and it smells fantastic too! These make beautiful gifts. Buy one for a gift and keep one for yourself.
I keep one of these candles in my kitchen and burn it when I want to freshen up my house. It has a light and pleasant scent that quickly eliminates yucky smells from pets, smoke, dirty laundry, garbage and over-powering foods like onions and garlic.