Turn an Orange into a Candle

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Using these simple grocery store items, you can create rustic and very eco-friendly candles that are easy on the eyes and easy on the wallet.

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What You’ll Need:

  • Orange (bigger works better)
  • Olive Oil
  • Knife
  • Lighter

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Step 1: Using your knife, cut around the middle of the orange. Be careful to only cut the peel and not the fruit underneath! By only cutting the peel, you will save yourself a lot of time and end up with a cleaner looking candle.

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Step 2: Without ripping, peel off half of the orange rind and remove the fruit from the inside. Be careful not to pull out the stem from the middle as this will act as your wick. If you accidentally cut into the fruit and are having a hard time removing it, don’t fret—it’s still possible but it takes much longer. Just use a spoon to scrape out the excess fruit but be careful not to puncture the peel or your candle will leak.

Step 3: Eat the orange—planning and crafting a wedding is hard work and you need your vitamin C!

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Step 4: Add the olive oil, pouring over your wick. You’ll want to fill the orange about halfway.

Step 5: Let it sit! Give your orange candle a few minutes to soak up some of the oil. The longer you wait, the easier it will be to light.

Step 6: Light it up!

From there, you can dress up the orange in whatever way you’d like. Some oranges are rounder than others and will stand on their own whereas other, pointier oranges might be more likely to tip. Make sure to find a good candleholder or base because nothing upsets a wedding reception faster than an unexpected fire! These candles will burn for hours and can bring a pop of bright color to any table setting. Orange is so bright and will look great contrasted against colors like blue or green or will beautifully complement colors like red or yellow. They’ll burn for hours as you dine and dance the night away! You could also try other citrus like grapefruit if you’re feeling ambitious.

When you’re done with your wedding and your candles have burned down, you can compost them (after they’ve cooled) for a no-waste disposal. Beautiful, long-lasting, simple, inexpensive, and eco-friendly—what more could you need out of wedding candles?

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