Last fall we posted the instructions to make a candle from a real orange. It was originally published by Homesteading/Survivalism. We also posted another version on our Facebook page with cloves. I forgot about the cloves and wish I’d thought of them when I was making my own … definitely next time!
Now that I’m a little more settled from my recent move, I decided to finally give this idea a try. Guess what? It really works!! Here are pictures to prove it too. It burned for an hour before I blew it out. I’m sure you could use any fruit (lemon, lime) or vegetable (bell pepper), with some sort of rind that will burn slowly in the oil you add. I used olive oil in mine.
I cut an orange in half and then cleaned it out so it’s fairly empty, while being extra careful with the center piece of rind, which will become the wick.
Then I placed it on a plate and filled it with the oil.
Be careful not to overfill it and make sure the wick sticks up above the oil by 1/4 inch.
Finally, I lit the wick (the little middle rind).
Voila! It really works! … Your Turn!