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This instructable will show how to make a candle from any citrus and kitchen oil in minutes.
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Step 1: Materials & Tools

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1) Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon
2) Knife
3) Any type of oil, Vegetable, Olive, Canola, etc.

Step 2: Remove the Middle

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Remove / eat the middle portion of the orange being careful to leave the middle stem like portion intact.  I found removal easiest by using a sharp knife and digging out the middle starting with the edge closest to the outside of the orange.

*Caution - Do not ingest the orange if you have extreme citrus allergies and/or fear of oranges or spherical objects.

Step 3: Fill & Light

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Fill the cavity with any type of oil such as Vegetable or olive oil to just below the center stem like wick.  Light the center stem like wick.  This orange candle burned for most of the day.  Below are the before and after pictures.

Step 4: Top

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The other half can also be used as a cover by similarly hollowing the center and cutting a circle in the top.  Thinning the white skin under the thicker orange portion will give the candle a softer orange glow.
ashbegash3 years ago
This is such a GREAT idea!
I am going to try it! :D
you can also use scented oils that you can find online or at swap-meets where they sell candles that uses a filament light to make the oils give out their fragrance.
I was actually just going to ask this, the oils you get are usually too strong to use on their own, do you add it to another oil (which would have its own fragrance already), or would you use water as a base?
booga0073 years ago
I've just done the orange candle with Canola oil, and it seemed to work well, except that there was a smoke trail at first till I trimmed the wick down a little, but now my flame is tiny, will take a few oranges to perfect it, nice for mood lighting tho :)

Wondering tho, if you kept a drip of oil entering the orange shell, would the wick ever burn down?