Introduction: Turn an Orange Into a Candle!

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This is a quick project that will only take a few minutes and has beautiful and exciting results!

When you're done with this instructable be sure to check out my youtube channel and website for more awesome tutorials!

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Step 1: Watch This Video!

Here you can watch me explain the steps as I make the candle. Then you can see it in action.

Incase you're having trouble with the embedded player here's a link: Turn an orange into a candle- video

Step 2: What You'll Need

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You'll need a lighter, an orange, a knife, and some vegetable oil. I personally used "Crisco Pure Vegetable Oil" and it worked really well. Olive oil works too, but not quite as well.

Step 3: Cut That Orange

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Using a kitchen knife, slowly cut all the way around the center of the orange. You only need to cut skin deep.

Step 4: Separate Fruit and Peel

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Press your thumb between the peel and the fruit and work it all the way around the orange so that one half of the peel is completely separated. The only thing now holding the peel on that half should be the stem of the orange.

Step 5: Remove the Fruit

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Holding your thumb inside the peel as near the base as you can, slowly pull the separated half of the peel away from the fruit. Done correctly this will pull out the stem still connected to the peel. I've noticed that with larger oranges this is really easy, but with smaller oranges the stem seems to want to stay in the fruit. Moral of the story, buy big oranges!

Step 6: Add Your Oil

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It's time to add your veggie oil. Make sure that as you pour, most of the oil is poured over the stem (your candle's wick). You'll want to fill it a little more than half way.

Step 7: Light Your Orange

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Lighting a candle orange is a little different than a regular one. Hold the flame to your wick for 15-30 seconds before allowing the candle to burn on its own. Congratulations! You've created a candle from a piece of fruit! Depending on the size and the amount of oil used, a candle like this can burn for up to two or three hours.

Step 8: Awesome Glow!

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Here's what the candle will look like in the dark. The thin peel creates a beautiful orange glow that radiates around the candle. Watch the embedded video in step one if you would like to watch me make an orange candle and see it in action. Hope you enjoyed this instructable!

If you'd like to see more of my how to's and tutorials check out the links in the intro of this instructable!


nicks128 (author)2016-02-09

what are the reasons why it lighted

dwhiddon (author)2014-10-07

Any tips on the type of orange?
my peel split during the separation either it was too thin or my fingers to thick...

EleanorB1 (author)dwhiddon2015-02-17

What i did was cut the whole thing through and through, then shoveled with a fork spoon and knife the "Guts of the orange" out then pulling out the orange left, it is slitly tidious but it works.

EleanorB1 (author)2015-02-17

I am trying to use olive oil will it work? And I spooned out the orange so do i have to let it dry? And can I use matches?

YasirK (author)2015-02-06



rbeem__ (author)2014-09-18

Unique. thanks.

pompeii (author)2014-08-19

Would you say this traps and burns fruit flies?

Flippy_105 (author)pompeii2014-09-16

haha maybe (stil some mystery)

Flippy_105 (author)pompeii2014-09-16

haha maybe (stil some mystery)

Flippy_105 (author)pompeii2014-09-16

haha maybe (stil some mystery)

trenzalorian (author)2014-08-01

I did this just yesterday with a grapefruit. If you don't take out the skins on the orange slices, they burn too. Just eat out the orange with a spoon and let it dry (or light it with a pen torch ;) Makes a great fire starter after a bit. I used mine till the wax was only left soaked up into the fruit (didn't have much in the first place) and blew it out. The next day, I brought it to my friend's house to show him, lit it, and it started the wood. Eventually, the skin burns too. I'd upload images, the flame was over six inches in my hand, but they're on my phone.

ezreen.fazlinda (author)2014-07-30

Splendid! Will try this..

Lindie (author)2014-07-27

Nice! I can do this. I'm going to try!

please do! If you have the time upload some pictures too.

DoItOrDie (author)2014-07-27

The coolest thing about this is the built-in wick. That's brilliant.

haha I agree!

Ayushi Sharma (author)2014-07-26

This looks amazing..surely going to try..thanx for posting..i voted..:)

Glad to hear it! Thank you for the support=]

fixfireleo (author)2014-07-27

can you blow it out and reuse it later?

Although I haves admittedly never tried, as long as there is still oil in the orange and on the wick I would think yes.

silkier (author)2014-07-27

I learned to make another version of this many years ago as a Christmas decoration. It uses a loose skinned mandarin/satsuma type of fruit. (Not available now so I can't make one and take pictures I'm afraid - you'll just have to put up with my description.)

Using a sharp pointed knife cut through the skin at the "equator" of the fruit in a zigzag pattern (like sharks teeth). Carefully pull apart and remove fruit.

We use the bottom as the oil reservoir so we have to add a wick made from a piece of cotton wool twisted up. Pour in the oil.

Make a few diamond shaped openings in the top half.

Light wick and place top on bottom balancing the teeth points on eachother.

This gives a gentle orange fragrance as the heat acts on the skin, burns for several hours.

Wow that sounds beautiful. I think I'll give that a shot this christmas. Thank you for sharing!

HollyMann (author)2014-06-19

Very cool - does it smell amazing? :)

Honestly, there isn't much smell to it at all. I too wish it smelled like oranges. However if you ask me, the orange glow that it emits when in the dark is its best attribute!

Maybe you could squeeze some of the oranges' juice into the oil and it will give it a smell

Absolutely a possibility. I'm not sure if it would change the ability of the wick to light? Either way definitely worth a try.

TalulahBancroft (author)2014-07-27

I wonder if you let the rind air dry a bit, if it would be easier to light. I'm going to have to try this now and report back :D Thanks for the awesome instructable.

I definitely think it would, I'd love to hear your results. And thank you vey much=]

cajun0 (author)2014-07-27

I made it with my granddaughters…FUN:-)

So glad to hear you guys enjoyed this!

asacco1 (author)2014-07-27


That is so awesome! Thanks for posting=]

denewf (author)2014-07-27

Folding that fitted sheet has many times driven me to that Crazy Russian Wodka.

foolishcop (author)2014-07-27

FWIW, I used All-Natural Canola Oil (it's what I had on hand) and couldn't get the wick to light. On occasion the smallest of flame would catch but within seconds would go out. I was also using matches since I didn't have a lighter.

JMRaphael (author)2014-07-25

This is so cool! According to Crisco's website, their pure vegetable oil is 100% soybean oil. I've seen soy wax candles in a few different places, and I've heard they're very clean-burning. Have you tried using just the oil with a typical glass container and cotton wick? I'm curious whether the orange is contributing some chemical property that is necessary for burning.

Thanks! And I have not tried that, but your comment has made me very curious. I think when I have the time I'll go ahead and see if I can make that work. Thanks for your great comment!

Sara Ash (author)2014-06-22

my orange candles didnt light :/ any tips on why this happened

hmm... I'm not really sure. Make sure you're using pure vegetable oil and that it has been poured over the "wick". Other than that just remember that you may have to hold the lighter on your wick for twenty or thirty seconds for it to catch. Feel free to ask if you have any more questions.

tstevens-1 (author)2014-06-19


craftclarity (author)2014-06-19

Your photos look really nice!

Thanks for posting a full step-by-step, it's much easier to follow than just a video.

Much appreciated.

Thank you very much!

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