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.
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.
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 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.
- Dragon Fruit Martini
Mmmm...serve your guests a tasty, tropical martini made from fresh dragon fruit.
- Dragon Fruit Salad
Fresh fruits tossed with honey and mint, served in the dragon fruit peel.
- Dragon Fruit Jam
Make a batch of homemade jam from the pulp.
- Dragon Fruit Sorbet
Make a yummy frozen sorbet using fresh dragon fruit and a little sugar.
- Strawberry & Dragon Fruit Tartlets
Little tartlets filled with a classic crÃ¨me patisserie, dragon fruit and strawberries.
© 2013 Corrinna Johnson
Tell Me What You Think Of These Homemade Dragon Fruit Candles!
Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on September 06, 2014:
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.
KathyZ1 on October 16, 2013:
Congs on your LOTD. Great lens.
hachuyet on September 11, 2013:
anonymous on September 02, 2013:
Love this idea!
Nnadi bonaventure Chima from Johanesburg on September 02, 2013:
Beautiful lens with great ideas ,thanks for sharing
ArtbyMAR on September 02, 2013:
Very original and I love to recycle. Never seen or heard of dragon fruit before.
sarita from Hisar on September 01, 2013:
awesome ideas. Thanks for sharing it with us.
soaringsis on September 01, 2013:
Congratulations on your LotD award. Thanks for sharing.
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on September 01, 2013:
Back to say congratulations on your oh-so-unique Lens of the Day!
Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on September 01, 2013:
I love this idea! Congratulations on LotD! :)
RazzbarryBreeze on September 01, 2013:
I love this and I may have to tackle this myself! Great job and an awesome lens... Have a great day!
Valerie Smith from New Zealand on August 31, 2013:
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.
Michael Yoshinaka from Honolulu, Hawaii on August 31, 2013:
Wow, Great idea !!! I never thought of this. : D Quite Interesting.
Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on August 31, 2013:
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!
MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose from Washington State on August 31, 2013:
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.
myowncupoftea on August 31, 2013:
These are beautiful!
anonymous on August 31, 2013:
Wow, they look gorgeous! What a great idea. Congrats on your LOTD
anonymous on August 31, 2013:
Never heard of this before. Great idea. Congratulations on getting LotD!
Rose Jones on August 31, 2013:
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.
NC Shepherd on August 31, 2013:
Those make gorgeous candles.
myspace9 on August 31, 2013:
I ate this fruit one time and your lens is great.
GrammieOlivia on August 31, 2013:
These are so nice looking and different. Great Idea.
lesliesinclair on August 31, 2013:
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!
Rhonda Lytle from Deep in the heart of Dixie on August 31, 2013:
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.
thecrochetcubby on August 31, 2013:
Great idea! I'm going to have to try it!
anonymous on August 31, 2013:
What a lovely idea. I will try them some time.
Eugene Samuel Monaco from Lakewood New York on August 31, 2013:
I have never heard of dragon fruit before this. What a neat idea Thanks so much for sharing
anonymous on August 31, 2013:
Look very nice. We donÂ´t have them here but just the same they look good.
Lara Fabans from Silicon Valley on August 31, 2013:
What a gorgeous idea using something that would have just gone into the compost bin.
Judith Nazarewicz from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on August 31, 2013:
What a neat idea! Next time I buy Dragon fruit I'll have to give this a try! Thanks so much for sharing!
Alghero on August 31, 2013:
SteveKaye on August 31, 2013:
Congratulations on receiving the LOTD. This is beautiful.
janice-liddle on August 31, 2013:
Good job I love crafts.
changrcoacher on August 31, 2013:
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.
Cindy from Pittsburgh Pa on August 31, 2013:
Beautiful! Thanks for the great idea, I love making candles too and congrats on being featured. xoxo
Carolyn Bennett from Longview, Washington on August 31, 2013:
I love the way you designed this lens. Use of the sticky note for ingredients was brilliant!! Great Lens
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on August 31, 2013:
Stopping back by to celebrate with you. Congrats on LOTD!
getmoreinfo on August 31, 2013:
These homemade candles from fresh fruit is such a great idea and will make nice table decorations for a party.
intermarks on August 31, 2013:
Very creative idea, it probably have to make and use when it is still fresh.
skylepticz on August 31, 2013:
I like this fruit a lot. Once I eat one of this , I can't stop to eat the next one.
missmary1960 on August 30, 2013:
So interesting! I never actually saw the fruit before this.
Stanley Green from Czech Republic on August 30, 2013:
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!
Chocolatealchemy from London, United Kingdom on August 30, 2013:
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.
Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on August 29, 2013:
What a great craft idea. I've never eaten a dragon fruit but it is one that I've been wanting to try.
Rosetta Slone from Under a coconut tree on August 29, 2013:
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.
anonymous on August 29, 2013:
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.
CharMarie on August 28, 2013:
Pretty candles! Thanks for the lens!
DebMartin on August 28, 2013:
Very nice. I want to go on the hunt for a dragon fruit.
Cheryl Fay Mikesell from Mondovi, WI on August 28, 2013:
This is awesome! Great lens!
chi kung on August 28, 2013:
excellent idea - I love it!
Robin S from USA on August 28, 2013:
Congratulations, poetvix has awarded your lens with a Purple Star today!
anonymous on August 27, 2013:
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?
darciefrench lm on August 26, 2013:
This is the coolest candle craft idea ever :)
IDoAlterations on August 25, 2013:
I had no idea you can buy these in Canada. I've never seen them at an American grocery store. Yum!
girlfriendfactory on August 24, 2013:
What a fabulous idea!
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on August 24, 2013:
Dragon fruit is new to me. Love these candles. Really gorgeous color and shape. Thanks for enlightening me (pun intended). :-)
Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on August 24, 2013:
I had no idea what Dragon Fruit is but love your candles. What a great idea.
JaspinderKaur on August 23, 2013:
so good, looks beautiful. great lens
Lori Green from Las Vegas on August 23, 2013:
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.
Rhonda Lytle from Deep in the heart of Dixie on August 23, 2013:
These are so cute I would have sworn you bought them. Awesome!
PlumberJorge on August 23, 2013:
nice lens, looks beautiful.
mina009 on August 23, 2013:
Amazing idea, I love it!
Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on August 22, 2013:
these are such a pretty color.
tonyaalves3 on August 22, 2013:
How cool. I have never seen nothing like this. Thanks for sharing
Ruthi on August 22, 2013:
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.
Angela F from Seattle, WA on August 22, 2013:
Never seen anything like them. Very cool :)
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on August 22, 2013:
Very unique and cool!
Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on August 22, 2013:
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.