Orange Candle

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This instructable will show how to make a candle from any citrus and kitchen oil in minutes.

Step 1: Materials & Tools


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


Step 2: Remove the Middle

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

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

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.

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Shaloo

7 years ago on Introduction

This is one awesome idea ! Thanks for sharing.
I messed up a bit tho I think coz for the life of me could not get it to light up - so I did the next best thing and used a wick and part of a broken lamp to hold the wick in place. I also used 2 more rinds from failed attempts :) to 'decorate'.

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DualPhaseShaloo

Reply 6 weeks ago

Looks great. Way to make it better!

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dridenh1Shaloo

Reply 1 year ago

Ooh, I love the cut design around the perimeter!!

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FancyVipShaloo

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

I love your "failed attempts"; imo your modifications are an improvement on the already cool idea. Be proud! You ARE THE Orange! That's a compliment. Thanks for "failing" cuz I'll start by using your pattern; I like it best! Vikki

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ANIMALDIYLOVER123

1 year ago

This is probably a dumb question, but would melted vegetable fat/butter/lard/shortening work instead of oil??

It probably won't but my mum won't let me use her cooking oil but lets me use this packet of expired butter.

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DualPhaseANIMALDIYLOVER123

Reply 1 year ago

I don't know but it sounds like a perfect opportunity for an experiment. Let us know :)

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pshsTech

6 weeks ago

i tried a clementine, but i had to use a separate wick. it only burned for 10-15 minutes though. any idead why my center "wick" didn't light up? it's so pretty, i want to use it for a formal dinner which means it has to keep lit for an hour.

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DualPhasepshsTech

Reply 6 weeks ago

Try different types of citrus. Also try different types of oil. Try soaking your wick in oil first. Try different fill amounts.

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goldiebear

4 years ago on Introduction

A couple of helpful hints for all of you....if you get the "wick" wet with the juice of the orange (or lime, or lemon, or grapefruit) then it won't stay lit. Also, remember you need the oil to soak into the wick for a few minutes. The oil will also soak into the white part of the skin of the citrus so you may need to add just a little more oil for reserve (not too much!). What is really cool is that when the flame really gets going, the oil soaked skin will glow!

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goldiebeargoldiebear

Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

Btw, you can get the top to glow too, but you have to soak that with oil as well...and before you start cutting airhole designs into it. Then you can cut your airhole on top and designs around the sides and voila!

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rxima

3 years ago

cool, is it possible to make one with coconut oil?

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dridenh1rxima

Reply 1 year ago

Oil is oil. I just made one using "used.....motor oil!" LOL!! It sits out on the veranda now.

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rximarxima

Reply 3 years ago

lol

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

fear of oranges or spherical objects?

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DualPhaserxima

Reply 3 years ago

Ha! I wonder how many people read it close enough to see that :) Congrats! I'm not sure if coconut oil would work. Let the experimenting begin