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How To Make A Candle Out Of An Orange

Updated on November 7, 2014
How To Make A Candle Out Of An Orange
How To Make A Candle Out Of An Orange | Source

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!

Kitchen ingredients needed for making a natural citrus fruit candle
Kitchen ingredients needed for making a natural citrus fruit candle

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

How To Make A Natural Citrus Fruit Candle Tutorial And Photos
How To Make A Natural Citrus Fruit Candle Tutorial And Photos

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.

Hollowed out orange peel bowl with a natural wick
Hollowed out orange peel bowl with a natural wick

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 top half of the orange has a thicker stem
The top half of the orange has a thicker stem

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.

Make a lid out of the bottom half of the orange
Make a lid out of the bottom half of the orange

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 orange bowl with cooking oil and light the wick with a match
Fill the orange bowl with cooking oil and light the wick with a match

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.

Lemons and limes have a thicker outer rind and tough inner skins
Lemons and limes have a thicker outer rind and tough inner skins

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.

Homemade Natural Orange Candle
Homemade Natural Orange Candle

This Is How My Orange Candle Looked After 8 Hours Of Continuous Burning...

How my homemade orange candle looked after 8 hours of burning
How my homemade orange candle looked after 8 hours of 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.

Frugal Homemade Gift: DIY Orange Candle
Frugal Homemade Gift: DIY Orange Candle

Add A Free Printable Gift Tag

Download Orange You Glad Free Printable Gift Tags
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Download your copy of these free printables.

These orange you glad printables are free for personal use only and you must provide a link and credit to this page if you use these designs on the internet. You are not allowed to use these images for commercial purposes and you are not permitted to share the pdf link directly. All visitors must be directed to this page to download the file. These gift tags are the property of the author Corrinna Johnson and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

Embellish Your Tags With Dried Orange Peels

Heart Shaped Dried Orange Peel Gift Tags
Heart Shaped Dried Orange Peel Gift Tags

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!

Paddywax Candles Relish Jar Collection Candle, 9.5-Ounce, Blood Orange and Citrus
Paddywax Candles Relish Jar Collection Candle, 9.5-Ounce, Blood Orange and Citrus

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.

 
Pet Odor Exterminator Candle, Orange Lemon Splash,13 oz
Pet Odor Exterminator Candle, Orange Lemon Splash,13 oz

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.

 

Did you find this tutorial on how to make a candle out of an orange helpful?

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      What a fun idea and from items around the house. Will have to try this one.

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      Richard Staveley 4 years ago from Burley in Wharfedale, Yorkshire, England

      No but will try it!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I had seen this on facebook and have wanted to try so am so glad that you created this page. It sure sounds simple and wonderful. Thank you.

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      chi kung 4 years ago

      not yet, but I wil - it's a fantastic idea!

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      May Matthew 4 years ago

      No, not yet and thank you for the tutorials here. I am all for citrus: face wash, shower gel, drinks etc. I know what my next project with my kids is. Thank you again for the great lens!

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      bdkz 4 years ago

      Love this!

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      MaryMitchell 4 years ago

      Lovely idea - the smell of citrus fruit is so refreshing. I always use satsuma glycerine soap for all my washing and bathing.

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      Sitabodang LM 4 years ago

      This is super cool, I'm going to make one of these!

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      maryseena 4 years ago

      Thank you for the great idea!

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      I am imagining that the smell of this candle is wonderful. I'll have to try it soon.

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      Susan99 4 years ago

      i like this!

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      VineetBhandari 4 years ago

      This is marvelous idea. i am definitely going to try this. :)

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      Rosetta Slone 4 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      I can imagine how wonderful it smells. I'm going to try with clove oil.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      What a great idea. Something I intend to try.

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      I have been thinking about making a citrus candle after someone shared a similar project on Facebook. Thanks for the great photo tutorial.

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      Such a neat idea! Can't wait to try for an outdoor party!

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      Whatsittoyou 4 years ago from Canada

      No I haven't, but what a fantastic idea.

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      jlshernandez 4 years ago

      I love the smell of citrus in the house. Orange is one of my favorite fruits.

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      Someone posted something about this same method of candle making on my facebook wall last night... it's taken me the last half hour to figure out where else I'd seen it! You have taken some really great photos here. I imagine these candles must smell glorious!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love this!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Awesome creativity. I really appreciate your work.

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      Therestlesssoul 4 years ago

      Cool idea!!! Thanks for sharing. I m gonna try it.

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      This is so interesting, love the idea! A great alternative to candles if we have a hurricane again. We close to ran out the last time. My husband has tried string and a small cup with olive oil in it and it worked, but this is so much prettier and more interesting. Will share this with him. Beautiful photos!

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      cleanyoucar 4 years ago

      Awesome tutorial!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Brilliant! No, I've never made a citrus candle. But I have an orange on hand . . . Congratulations on winning the Imminent Challenge this week!

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      Tom Maybrier 4 years ago

      I'm gonna try this tonight!

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      ohcaroline 4 years ago

      Great idea. I'm going to give it a try.

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      anne mohanraj 4 years ago

      Wonderful! I am going to try this as soon as I can!

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      StaceyWrites 4 years ago

      Wow, I had never heard of doing this before but I love the idea! I love the smell of citrus, especially during the summer.

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      emmajowebster 4 years ago

      think I'm going to try this!

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      ChrisLdn 4 years ago

      I'm definitely trying this as soon as possible!

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      This is amazing! I have this on my things to do list, too. Pinned and set.. Congrats on your Purple Star and feature Corrinna!

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      Connie Clyburn 4 years ago

      I love this! Great tip for making candles - I'll have to try it too!

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      You can carve them like pumplins too...

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      Can't wait to try it!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I did make this candle and loved it.

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      ASUS3000 4 years ago

      What? Are you serious? You only need cooking oil and an orange, it even has its own natural wick? This is so cool. I think I may try it.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      This is adorable. I never would have thought of using portions of the fruit for the wick. Very cool.

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      Rosyel Sawali 4 years ago from Manila Philippines

      What a great idea! I haven't tried this, but I just might give it a shot ^_^

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      pickyshopper 4 years ago

      luv this idea...great lens! congrats on your Purple Star

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      Titia Geertman 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Congrats on your well deserved raffle ticket. Lovely and cheap way to make a candle.

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      DLeighAlexander 4 years ago

      This is a great idea, thanks for sharing! I made a candle today out of grapefruit. I love how it glows & how terrific it smells.

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      BarbaraCasey 4 years ago

      A GREAT idea for those of us in Florida. This is so cool.

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      Klaartje Loose 4 years ago

      What a great idea!

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      kindoak 4 years ago

      Never occurred to me this could be done. How simple, and different. Great idea as party props around a dinner table. I have to try this! Well worth a purple star.

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      WinWriter 4 years ago

      Wow! Your pictures are great and this looks simple to do. A very creative idea :)

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      What a great idea. I don't think I will ever buy a candle again.

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      DebW07 4 years ago

      Great idea! I'll have to try this.

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      Valerie Bloom 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Genius!!!

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      leifgustafson 4 years ago

      Everyone loves the smell of citrus, but who knew you could make cameras out of it!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Whew...this is creative. Love the lens and the pictures. I can smell it through the screen ;-d

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      No but it looks like a really easy thing to do. They'd be great for Xmas.

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      simoza01 lm 4 years ago

      Wahh .. this is interesting . Worth trying some day . Thanks for sharing this idea .

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wonderful idea and great instructions. Thank you. I am hoping the mosquitoes will hate the lovely citrus smell this summer!

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      KamalaEmbroidery 4 years ago

      No, I've never thought of this before. Thanks for the amazing idea.

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      topbuilderlist 4 years ago

      This is nice to know, we can still use orange peel in other useful thing.

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      What a fantastic idea. I can see so many uses for this. And oh, the aroma!

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      french_violet 4 years ago

      That's just plain cool! I am so trying this. :)

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      Mary Collings 4 years ago from Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland

      Wow - so simple when you know how! Great lens - thanks for sharing :)

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      L. Olson 4 years ago from Northern Arizona

      This is so cool! I can't wait to try it. Thanks!

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      SheilaMilne 4 years ago from Kent, UK

      I would never have thought of doing this. I would have thought the orange would go up in flames but now I'm going to give it a try.

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      elizabethcurcio 4 years ago

      This is so great! Can't wait to try it! Thanks!

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Never made one, and this looks like a great project. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      ysc 4 years ago

      can't believe it and can't stop myself to try (with more than citrus fruits). I shall share my experience soon. Meanwhile please do read my lenses and comment - thanks

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      This is a great idea, very nice looking and surely a nice smell. Congratulations.

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      Julia Morais 4 years ago

      Oh wow, this is an amazing idea. Now I want to have a dinner party so that I can use this. So creative. Great lens!

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      Melanie Wilcox 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      fantastic idea! I really like these! (All of the photos are making me want to each an orange! ehehe )

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      NoYouAreNot 4 years ago

      I'll certainly try it. Smashing idea! :))

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      AndyLiveSmart360 4 years ago

      Looks awesome, can't wait to try!

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      i'm eager to make some of these. I like everything about them.

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      jura 4 years ago

      This is great idea , thank you .

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      Ataraxia1 4 years ago

      That's a really cool idea, I might have to give it a try.

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      No, but I will remember that for in case there is a power cut! Thanks

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      my2165 4 years ago

      Awesome lens! Didn't know you could use the orange itself for a wick! Will try it out

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      sherry9459 4 years ago

      wow i love oranges and i used to eat much .... but from now i can utilize the peels even whoaa !

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      StrongMay 4 years ago

      This is something I am definitely going to try... and right now, in fact. I have a couple of spare oranges that need eaten already.

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      mymoodswings 4 years ago

      ... wow luv the idea... a must try!

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      LisaDH 4 years ago

      Looks like fun! I'll have to try this with my kids.

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      thegreenninja 4 years ago

      I love these! I have never made one before, but I plan to.

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      aleesya_aqilah 4 years ago

      wow.awesome idea!!will try later

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Fabulous! I love almost anything with a citrus scent. Shared via Pinterest.

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      RogerBonger 4 years ago

      very nice idea.

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      AllenLim 4 years ago

      It is all about creativity. Nicely done.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I would never have thought of this on my own. Fabulous idea and such an easy project. I will definitely try it. What's not to love about an all natural candle? Thanks!

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      VeseliDan 4 years ago

      These natural citrus candles look great! I think this can be a perfect gift for people who like nature.

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      acreativethinker 4 years ago

      Hi CorrinnaJohnson

      These Citrus candles are a great idea and look so simple to make. Thanks for sharing this creative lens. Take care :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a great idea! Love it.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      I have never done this - but I will. Pinned to both my "thrifty living" and "crafts I love" board.

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      smsr0100451 4 years ago

      Amazing and interesting. Thanks.

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      Greathaul2013 4 years ago

      mmmm...I can almost smell it from here...nicely done.

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      nvhoangviet 4 years ago

      I like Fruit Candles, the good idea for drinking.

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      xomnhago 4 years ago

      good job

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      What a great lens! I love the photographs. I saw the instructions for these a few years ago on the Apartment Therapy site but you explained it SO much better. I must try this soon with our lovely Florida oranges. I love the idea of using essential oils too. My favorites are sandalwood and patchouli and I'm not sure how well they would blend with the citrus but it's worth a try. Thank you!

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      NC Shepherd 3 years ago

      I just made one of these last week, only I didn't make the lid for it. I was surprised how well it worked.

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      Nekiar 3 years ago

      i just got into making candles. I love this idea. I am trying this tonight. Thanks.

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      sconstantino 3 years ago

      Wow. This is amazing! I am really going to use this. I actually have an allergic reaction to most synthetic scents in candles, so I never get to use them around my home. I love this idea, and I can't wait to try it out! Thank you so much!

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      Laura Hofman 3 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Very interesting! I never thought of making a candle with citrus fruit. Thanks for the idea. I love a citrusy scent!

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      JimHofman 3 years ago

      No I haven't, but now I want to! A very cool idea. Linked to my "Indoor Citrus Trees" lens.

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      I am willing to bet these smell fantastic! Nice lens!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      This is such a wonderful idea. Definitely on my to do list.

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      Value Apartments 3 years ago from London

      Wow! This is amazing. I love a citrusy scent and definitely try your idea.

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      This is such a useful thing to know. I have never heard of this before. I have a grapefruit and some olive oil in the kitchen. I am going to be trying this very soon! Thank you for this delightful lens!

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      Marie 3 years ago

      What a great idea and I can just imagine how good they smell too.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      No, but I could almost smell these while reading this. Have to book this one for sure.

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      Cheryl Paton 2 years ago from West Virginia

      No, but it sounds like a very neat idea! Thanks for sharing. : )

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      Carol 2 years ago

      My wick won't light , what am I doing wrong

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      Corrinna Johnson 2 years ago from BC, Canada

      Hi Carol. I find it helpful to make sure to get the wick really oily before lighting. I pour a little over the wick into the orange shell and then use a spoon to drizzle the oil over the wick until it is saturated. I also find it easiest to use a lighter rather than matches. I hope this helps :)

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      Ann Hinds 2 years ago from So Cal

      Very clever and unique. Since we live where oranges are plentiful, sold on every corner, this is a great idea for gifts. Thanks!

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      Corrinna Johnson 2 years ago from BC, Canada

      Thanks @Ann! These make such beautiful and thoughtful gifts that cost very little to make, especially if you live in an area where oranges are abundant :)

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