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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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!