DIY Citrus Candles: Eco-Friendly & Easy
This fun little project pleases my lifestyle in so many ways.
#1 It is an easy (I mean easy) DIY project.
#2 It is budget-friendly, no cost involved; if you have the ingredients on-hand, otherwise- wait until the next time you eat an orange to make!
#3 It is green in that it recycles your discarded peels. It is Eco-Friendly- using cooking oil, the fumes are less toxic and the production of vegetable oil is less harmful to the environment.
#4 It is a great prepper tip if you are ever in the need of candles for an emergency.
#5 This is a perfect craft for nature decor at a party, picnic or shower… LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this easy DIY project!
DIY Citrus Candle Ingredients
- Citrus (orange, mandarin orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, tangerine or any other citrus I couldn’t think of).
- Oil- I used Non-Gmo canola oil but really any cooking oil can be used. (canola, olive, grapeseed, safflower, vegetable)
- Couple drops of essential oils (use citronella essential oils if using outside) * optional
Oil Now you may be thinking, burning vegetable oil must be very smelly. Some oil may be, but olive oil burns very clean and without odor. Smoking oil smells unpleasant, but burning oil does not. So forget the stench of a smoking frying pan. However, even the smellier types of oils can be used economically outdoors. Perhaps you have a bottle of forgotten salad oil at the back of the cupboard. Here is some use for it. Or how do you get rid of the deep frying fat after making a few batches of chips (French fries)? Light your porch, patio, or garden path. You could even collect waste oil from fast food joints. Strain it and use it for your lantern. You could also add a few drops of essential oil for a scented light. The volatile oil will evaporate easily with the nearby heat, before the flame can actually burn it.
DIY Citrus Candle Directions
- Evenly cut your citrus in half (do as I say, not as I do- haha)
- Carefully remove the fruit and leave the white center stem intact, this will act as your wick. I like to use citrus with a loose flesh like tangerines.
When you cut your citrus you can get creative with removing the peel and carve waves or designs using your knife- I kept my cut as simple as they come.
- Add cooking oil to your empty citrus peel ¾ way full (do not fill above white stem)
- Place citrus candle in a fire-safe holder
- Light the white stem/wick and enjoy. It will take a little longer than normal to light the wick so do not use a match.
- My candle stayed lit for over 2 hours!!
DIY Citrus Candle Cautions
- Don’t place the candle near anything flammable.
- Always use caution when burning candles and do not leave unattended.
- Make sure to house the candle in a non-flammable container.
- Use fresh citrus peels, not dried.
- Make sure you remove all fruit fibers.
- Make sure the candle isn’t tilted, the oil can spill out and the fruit can catch fire.
- Use enough oil so that it’s just slightly below the top of the fruit but not above the wick.
- Use a lighter instead of a match as it will take a while to light.