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Orange Slice Candle Rings

Updated on August 30, 2013

Orange Slice Candles

Are you decorating on a budget this Christmas season? Dried citrus slice candle rings are really fun to create, and will amaze your guests. You can use this technique to use up extra citrus fruit you have in your fridge. (I get organic produce delivery every other week, so I usually have extra oranges and lemons lying around!) Shop at discount stores to find pillar candles. Everything else you need for this project you can find in your own home!

In this lens I will provide you with instructions on how to decorate pillar candles on your own to produce beautiful citrus centerpieces. You will also find links to other useful resources for this craft.

Citrus Slices
Citrus Slices

#1 Select your citrus

Personally, I chose different sizes of lemons and oranges. You never know what slices you'll like after they dry.

When slicing your citrus fruits, you will try to slice them in thin, even pieces. It never hurts to have more slices than you think you'll need.

Play around with different citrus

For me, the flesh of the lemons dried to be darker than the flesh of the oranges. Mixing up different sized fruits will give you some nice variety.

Dried Orange Slices
Dried Orange Slices

#2 Dry the citrus slices

Once the citrus fruits are sliced, you are ready to dry them out. The quality of your dried slices will depend on the quality of your slicing. It is a good idea to dry more slices than you expect you'll need for your project.

Heat your oven to 200 degrees F. Place your slices onto parchment paper or some non stitch layer on a cookie sheet. Place in the oven, and allow the slices to dry out until the flesh of the fruit has a stained glass appearance. This should take around 2.5 hours (I think that I left the oranges in much longer, but at 200 degrees they shouldn't burn.)

DO NOT leave the slices in the oven if you are not going to be home!

Pillar Candles
Pillar Candles

#3 Select your Candles

You have a lot of freedom in the candles you select for this project. Keep in mind that the narrower the candle, the harder it can be to get the dried slices to stick to the curvature of the candle. I think that a beautiful centerpiece can be made from using a couple different heights of pillar candles.

You can even use flameless candles if you want the candle ring to last longer!

The materials for my two candles

The materials for my two candles
The materials for my two candles

#4 Glue the Slices to the Candle

You now have your candles and your dried orange slices, and you are ready to assemble your candles! I did not have access to a glue gun, so the ones that I made were done with standard white craft glue. Before gluing, lay out your slices to find an arrangement that is pleasing to you. Place a dot of glue in the center of the slice, and attach it upright to the candle. Allow the first to have some time to dry, then attach the second. The ultimate goal is to get the slices somewhat glued together, so if they refuse to stick to the candle they will at least stick to each other. I would also pour craft glue on the junctions between two slices, and since it would dry clear, this helps hold everything together.

If you have access to a hot glue gun, I think that this process would work much faster and with less frustration. Patience goes a long way here!

Will you try it?

Will you try making your own candle ring?

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      KarenTBTEN 6 years ago

      Gd tips and photos. Blessed by a SquidAngel in pursuit of the color orange.

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      Gayle Dowell 6 years ago from Kansas

      Your lens has just been squid angel blessed. Great lens!

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      Gayle Dowell 6 years ago from Kansas

      Your lens has just been squid angel blessed. Great lens!

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      Shelly Sellers 6 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Great candle craft idea and you give great instructions! Blessed by s Squid Angel :)

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      Mmmm. These candles look .... delicious! (and the security word is "brilliant")

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      this craft look perfect to do with my dd. thanks. Congratulations on being featured on the 50 Crafts I Want To Try MonsterBoard!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Looks like a lovely and fragrant gift idea!

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      Oh I like these! They really would add a festive touch. Lensrolling to my Festive Scents lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Beautiful, and a great idea! I love citrus smells at Christmas time.

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      Tamara14 7 years ago

      Less is more I always say and this simple decoration works great for me. I'll definitely include it in my decorations this Xmas. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      So simple and yet looks so wonderful. I can't wait to try this, it will be fun!!!

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      spunkyduckling 7 years ago

      You know I thought I smelled cooking orange slices somewhere! Glad to know its you. Orange rings for candles sure sounds exciting ~ love how you handcrafted this lens with detailed instructions. Thanks for sharing.

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      jwindsor375 lm 7 years ago

      Wow definitely creative!

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      Very interesting use of citrus. I would never have thought of it.

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      CofCJenny LM 7 years ago

      Neat idea!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is a great idea, and I really am going to try to find some time for it. I have been making so many handmade things this last week, in between sitting at the computer of course.

      I am lensrolling you to my Handmade Christmas lens

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      darciefrench lm 7 years ago

      Your comment on the forum that this lens got google's attention right away brought an angel by on her last day with the the angel 'thumbs' (for awhile anyway). Many blessings to you and keep up the awesome work making great lenses. I'm featuring this on More November Blessings -:) Go homemade candle rings!

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      I like creating cookies for the holidays but these candle rings look like fun.

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      Sami4u LM 7 years ago


      I love to make decorations for the holidays. Thanks for the idea.

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      AWildDog 7 years ago

      Great idea for a quick and easy craft piece. It's also cheap. Thumbs up from me!

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      Bambi Watson 7 years ago

      What a great craft idea! :)

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 7 years ago

      @WildFacesGallery: That's a great idea! My house smelled SO good when these were baking!

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      hotbrain 7 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Nice lens on an interesting craft! I like to bake cookies... :)

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      I wonder if you could sprinkle them with ginger or cinnamon prior to baking. Though I do love he smell of oranges. :) Has been added to Handmade Christmas Lensography.