From crafts to renovation, I’m always on the hunt for fun, inexpensive, and eco-friendly DIY projects that yield great results. My latest project search was motivated by two factors – I’m a total candle junky but I hate spending mucho dinero to support my habit. Have you seen the price of “healthy” candles – 100% beeswax and cotton wick ($25 and up) – or luxury bougie parfume candles like Jo Malone (up to $450)? Talk about burning money…
Friends, a beautiful and all natural candle that will burn for 6 hours is yours for the making, and for under 2 dollars. All you need is an ordinary orange and some olive oil!
Here’s how to make your own luxury candle with a little DIY zest:
Find a medium to large thick peel orange and slice it around the center circumference, cutting only through the peel.
Separate the whole orange flesh from the peel by gently sliding your fingers down between the peel and the flesh, turning the orange as you go to liberate the flesh.
Carefully pull off each peel half, leaving the central column still attached on one half (that thin pulpy center strand) – this “stem” will act as the wick. Set aside the whole orange flesh to eat later.
Pour an inexpensive olive oil over the wick until it fills the peel about halfway.
Cut an opening on the other peel half to create a windshield lid. You can cut the opening in a fun shape like a heart or star…
Put the candle on a heat and oil safe surface (after a few hours a bit of orange oil residue may occur under it).
Light the wick – it will take several seconds for it to catch.
Enjoy the orange glow and the gentle orange scent…
PS – And I know this goes without saying, but just remember to never leave a burning candle unattended.
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