Introduction: Clove-Scented Orange Candle
This is a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to make a candle. In just a couple of minutes, with just an orange, whole cloves and some oil, you will have a beautifully scented candle that will burn for several hours! I like to soak toasted whole cloves in the oil for a day or two before assembling the candle. I keep a jar with ½ cup canola oil and a tablespoon of cloves in the pantry for this express purpose, but the cloves may be omitted, especially if you need an emergency candle because of a power outage. This decorative candle is perfect for fall gatherings as well. Enjoy this lovely use of fire and air!
¼ cup canola or olive oil
1 ½ teaspoons toasted whole cloves
1 medium orange
Lighter or matches
Step 1: Soaking Cloves:
Stir oil and cloves together in a small container and set aside for 1-2 days.
Step 2: Preparing Orange:
Slice orange in half. Carefully use a sharp knife or fingers to remove orange segment halves from stem end of orange, leaving center pith intact.
Step 3: Adding Oil and Cloves:
Slowly pour oil into the orange peel bowl, saturating pith with oil and allowing ½-1 teaspoon of cloves into bowl.
Step 4: Lighting Candle:
Light pith with lighter or matches. (This may take several seconds or attempts.)
Step 5: Enjoy the Candle:
The candle will burn for several hours. Plus the room will smell wonderful!
Step 6: Notes:
Depending on the size of the orange, more or less oil may be used. Alternately, a clementine or lemon may be substituted for the orange.
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