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.
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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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!
Did you find this tutorial on how to make a candle out of an orange helpful?
Have You Ever Made A Citrus Candle Before?
Paula on January 13, 2016:
Great idea, but I can't do it. The wick is hard to find, I see it when I first cut the orange, but then I loose it?
email@example.com on June 01, 2015:
Love the ideas about using fruit to make candles ,always looking for something unique to decorate with or even using the natural elements fruit and olive oil to make something useful ,I will tell others about this discovery!
pepper on March 31, 2015:
Going to do this tomorrow. I cant use any form of candles or air freshener due allergies i am so so happy. This is such a smart eco friendly idea that doesnt have any fake bad things in it. :-) So happy right now.
Corrinna Johnson (author) from BC, Canada on December 06, 2014:
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 :)
Ann Hinds from So Cal on November 09, 2014:
Very clever and unique. Since we live where oranges are plentiful, sold on every corner, this is a great idea for gifts. Thanks!
Corrinna Johnson (author) from BC, Canada on September 05, 2014:
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 :)
Carol on September 05, 2014:
My wick won't light , what am I doing wrong
CherylsArt on July 13, 2014:
No, but it sounds like a very neat idea! Thanks for sharing. : )
Fay Favored from USA on June 10, 2014:
No, but I could almost smell these while reading this. Have to book this one for sure.
Marie on January 18, 2014:
What a great idea and I can just imagine how good they smell too.
sierradawn lm on January 14, 2014:
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!
Value Apartments from London on December 10, 2013:
Wow! This is amazing. I love a citrusy scent and definitely try your idea.
Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on November 20, 2013:
This is such a wonderful idea. Definitely on my to do list.
tonyleather on November 15, 2013:
I am willing to bet these smell fantastic! Nice lens!
JimHofman on October 28, 2013:
No I haven't, but now I want to! A very cool idea. Linked to my "Indoor Citrus Trees" lens.
Laura Hofman from Naperville, IL on October 28, 2013:
Very interesting! I never thought of making a candle with citrus fruit. Thanks for the idea. I love a citrusy scent!
sconstantino on October 26, 2013:
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!
Nekiar on September 17, 2013:
i just got into making candles. I love this idea. I am trying this tonight. Thanks.
NC Shepherd on August 31, 2013:
I just made one of these last week, only I didn't make the lid for it. I was surprised how well it worked.
Jackie Jackson from Fort Lauderdale on June 17, 2013:
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!
xomnhago on June 16, 2013:
nvhoangviet on June 13, 2013:
I like Fruit Candles, the good idea for drinking.
Greathaul2013 on June 13, 2013:
mmmm...I can almost smell it from here...nicely done.
smsr0100451 on June 12, 2013:
Amazing and interesting. Thanks.
Rose Jones on June 11, 2013:
I have never done this - but I will. Pinned to both my "thrifty living" and "crafts I love" board.
anonymous on June 11, 2013:
What a great idea! Love it.
acreativethinker on June 07, 2013:
These Citrus candles are a great idea and look so simple to make. Thanks for sharing this creative lens. Take care :)
VeseliDan on June 07, 2013:
These natural citrus candles look great! I think this can be a perfect gift for people who like nature.
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on June 06, 2013:
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!
AllenLim on May 31, 2013:
It is all about creativity. Nicely done.
RogerBonger on May 29, 2013:
very nice idea.
anonymous on May 29, 2013:
Fabulous! I love almost anything with a citrus scent. Shared via Pinterest.
aleesya_aqilah on May 28, 2013:
wow.awesome idea!!will try later
thegreenninja on May 28, 2013:
I love these! I have never made one before, but I plan to.
LisaDH on May 28, 2013:
Looks like fun! I'll have to try this with my kids.
mymoodswings on May 27, 2013:
... wow luv the idea... a must try!
StrongMay on May 27, 2013:
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.
sherry9459 on May 25, 2013:
wow i love oranges and i used to eat much .... but from now i can utilize the peels even whoaa !
my2165 on May 23, 2013:
Awesome lens! Didn't know you could use the orange itself for a wick! Will try it out
RoadMonkey on May 22, 2013:
No, but I will remember that for in case there is a power cut! Thanks
Ataraxia1 on May 22, 2013:
That's a really cool idea, I might have to give it a try.
jura on May 20, 2013:
This is great idea , thank you .
lesliesinclair on May 18, 2013:
i'm eager to make some of these. I like everything about them.
AndyLiveSmart360 on May 17, 2013:
Looks awesome, can't wait to try!
NoYouAreNot on May 17, 2013:
I'll certainly try it. Smashing idea! :))
Melanie Wilcox from Pennsylvania, USA on May 17, 2013:
fantastic idea! I really like these! (All of the photos are making me want to each an orange! ehehe )
Julia Morais on May 16, 2013:
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!
LadyDuck on May 16, 2013:
This is a great idea, very nice looking and surely a nice smell. Congratulations.
ysc on May 15, 2013:
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
SteveKaye on May 15, 2013:
Never made one, and this looks like a great project. Thank you for publishing this lens.
elizabethcurcio on May 15, 2013:
This is so great! Can't wait to try it! Thanks!
SheilaMilne from Kent, UK on May 15, 2013:
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.
L Olson from Northern Arizona on May 15, 2013:
This is so cool! I can't wait to try it. Thanks!
Mary Collings from Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland on May 14, 2013:
Wow - so simple when you know how! Great lens - thanks for sharing :)
french_violet on May 14, 2013:
That's just plain cool! I am so trying this. :)
DebMartin on May 14, 2013:
What a fantastic idea. I can see so many uses for this. And oh, the aroma!
topbuilderlist on May 14, 2013:
This is nice to know, we can still use orange peel in other useful thing.
KamalaEmbroidery on May 14, 2013:
No, I've never thought of this before. Thanks for the amazing idea.
anonymous on May 14, 2013:
Wonderful idea and great instructions. Thank you. I am hoping the mosquitoes will hate the lovely citrus smell this summer!
simoza01 lm on May 14, 2013:
Wahh .. this is interesting . Worth trying some day . Thanks for sharing this idea .
Jogalog on May 14, 2013:
No but it looks like a really easy thing to do. They'd be great for Xmas.
anonymous on May 13, 2013:
Whew...this is creative. Love the lens and the pictures. I can smell it through the screen ;-d
leifgustafson on May 13, 2013:
Everyone loves the smell of citrus, but who knew you could make cameras out of it!
Valerie Bloom from Pennsylvania, USA on May 13, 2013:
DebW07 on May 13, 2013:
Great idea! I'll have to try this.
Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on May 13, 2013:
What a great idea. I don't think I will ever buy a candle again.
WinWriter on May 13, 2013:
Wow! Your pictures are great and this looks simple to do. A very creative idea :)
kindoak on May 13, 2013:
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.
Klaartje Loose on May 13, 2013:
What a great idea!
BarbaraCasey on May 13, 2013:
A GREAT idea for those of us in Florida. This is so cool.
DLeighAlexander on May 13, 2013:
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.
Titia Geertman from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands on May 13, 2013:
Congrats on your well deserved raffle ticket. Lovely and cheap way to make a candle.
pickyshopper on May 13, 2013:
luv this idea...great lens! congrats on your Purple Star
Rosyel Sawali from Manila Philippines on May 13, 2013:
What a great idea! I haven't tried this, but I just might give it a shot ^_^
Rhonda Lytle from Deep in the heart of Dixie on May 13, 2013:
This is adorable. I never would have thought of using portions of the fruit for the wick. Very cool.
ASUS3000 on May 13, 2013:
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.
anonymous on May 13, 2013:
I did make this candle and loved it.
ismeedee on May 13, 2013:
Can't wait to try it!!!
Elyn MacInnis from Shanghai, China on May 13, 2013:
You can carve them like pumplins too...
Connie Clyburn on May 13, 2013:
I love this! Great tip for making candles - I'll have to try it too!
Maria Burgess from Las Vegas, Nevada on May 13, 2013:
This is amazing! I have this on my things to do list, too. Pinned and set.. Congrats on your Purple Star and feature Corrinna!
ChrisLdn on May 13, 2013:
I'm definitely trying this as soon as possible!
emmajowebster on May 13, 2013:
think I'm going to try this!
StaceyWrites on May 13, 2013:
Wow, I had never heard of doing this before but I love the idea! I love the smell of citrus, especially during the summer.
anne mohanraj on May 13, 2013:
Wonderful! I am going to try this as soon as I can!
ohcaroline on May 13, 2013:
Great idea. I'm going to give it a try.
Tom Maybrier on May 13, 2013:
I'm gonna try this tonight!
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on May 13, 2013:
Brilliant! No, I've never made a citrus candle. But I have an orange on hand . . . Congratulations on winning the Imminent Challenge this week!
cleanyoucar on May 13, 2013:
happynutritionist on May 13, 2013:
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!
Ruthi on May 13, 2013:
I so enjoy the scent of citrus and enjoy candlelight so I will surely have to use your instructions for making myself some fruit candles. Thank you for providing such great step-by-step instructions on how to make them! I couldn't help thinking what a healthy way to light up the day - using edible fruit to make these naturally scented candles!
Therestlesssoul on May 13, 2013:
Cool idea!!! Thanks for sharing. I m gonna try it.
anonymous on May 13, 2013:
Awesome creativity. I really appreciate your work.
anonymous on May 13, 2013:
I love this!
Stuwaha on May 13, 2013:
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!!!
jlshernandez on May 13, 2013:
I love the smell of citrus in the house. Orange is one of my favorite fruits.
Whatsittoyou from Canada on May 13, 2013:
No I haven't, but what a fantastic idea.
Kristen from Wisconsin on May 13, 2013:
Such a neat idea! Can't wait to try for an outdoor party!
katiecolette on May 13, 2013:
I have been thinking about making a citrus candle after someone shared a similar project on Facebook. Thanks for the great photo tutorial.
Cara on May 13, 2013:
What a great idea. Something I intend to try.