You won’t believe how fun and easy this Citrus Candle is to make! Wow, your guest at any party or gathering with these amazing candles.
DIY Citrus Candles: Eco-Friendly & Easy
This fun little project pleases my lifestyle in so many ways.
#1 It is an easy (I mean easy) DIY project.
#2 It is budget-friendly, no cost involved; if you have the ingredients on-hand, otherwise- wait until the next time you eat an orange to make!
#3 It is green in that it recycles your discarded peels. It is Eco-Friendly- using cooking oil, the fumes are less toxic and the production of vegetable oil is less harmful to the environment.
#4 It is a great prepper tip if you are ever in the need of candles for an emergency.
#5 This is a perfect craft for nature decor at a party, picnic or shower… LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this easy DIY project!
DIY Citrus Candle Ingredients
- Citrus: orange, mandarin orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, tangerine or any other citrus I couldn’t think of.
- Oil- I used Non-Gmo Canola Oil but really any cooking oil can be used.
Some other choices are canola, olive, grape seed, safflower, vegetable.
- Couple drops of essential oils; use citronella essential oils if using outside * optional
DIY Citrus Candle Directions
- Evenly cut your citrus in half -do as I say, not as I do- haha
- Carefully remove the fruit and leave the white center stem intact, this will act as your wick.
I like to use citrus with a loose flesh like tangerines.
When you cut your citrus you can get creative with removing the peel and carve waves or designs using your knife- I kept my cut as simple as they come.
- Add cooking oil to your empty citrus peel ¾ way up the wick (do not fill above white stem)
- Place the citrus candle in a fire-safe holder
- Light the white stem/wick and enjoy.
It will take a little longer than normal to light the wick so do not use a match.
- They last a long time too. My candles stay lit for over 2 hours!
DIY Citrus Candle Cautions
- Don’t place the candle near anything flammable.
- Always use caution when burning candles and do not leave unattended.
- Make sure to house the candle in a non-flammable container.
- Use fresh citrus peels, not dried.
- Make sure you remove all fruit fibers.
- Make sure the candle isn’t tilted, the oil can spill out and the fruit can catch fire.
- Use enough oil so that it’s just slightly below the top of the fruit but not above the wick.
- Use a lighter instead of a match as it will take a while to light.
If you would like some other great ideas on what you can do with citrus, check out my guest post at Common Sense Homesteading, 9 Easy Homemade Citrus Gifts