Orange Slice Candle Rings
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.
#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.
#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!
Resources for How to Dry Citrus Slices
#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!
Buy White Pillar Candles
Other Projects with Dried Orange Slices
- Making Creative Candles from Recycled Wax
Line a container with dried orange slices to incorporate them directly into the candle!
- Dried Orange Slice Christmas Ornaments
Orange slices make fragrant and pretty Christmas ornaments.
- Candle Making Projects
A list of many different candle making projects.
- Dried Orange Chirstmas Decorations
Use dried orange slices in many aspects of your holiday decorations.
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!