Will it light? ( orange candle experiment)

Typical, store bought holiday candles can be dull when compared to homemade candles. And one truly unique option is to fashion a candle from an orange! This fun holiday craft will add ambiance to your next get-together, brighten your home and use up any unwanted oranges. This project is easy, inexpensive and suitable for anyone comfortable with handling a knife for carving.

StepsImage titled Make a Candle out of an Orange Step 1Prepare your orange.Image titled Make a Candle out of an Orange Step 2

  1. Cut the orange on the cutting board. Use the paring knife to slice into the peel of the orange. Insert only as far as the pith, taking the knife around the middle of the orange, going all the way around the circumference.

    Image titled Make a Candle out of an Orange Step 3Peel the orange. Gently push your finger under the skin of the orange and peel the skin away so that it separates from the orange without tearing.

    Image titled Make a Candle out of an Orange Step 4Locate the “wick”. Once separated from orange flesh, the orange peel should be easy to remove. When removing the orange flesh, a white wick-like “stem” part should remain––leave this intact, still attached to the peel.
  2. Image titled Make a Candle out of an Orange Step 5Add oil. Pour olive oil (approximately 3 tablespoons) to cover the stem and allow wick to soak for a 2-3 minutes.
  3. Image titled Make a Candle out of an Orange Step 6Create a design. The design is both pretty and functional, as it allows the candle to breathe. Create a design on paper first, to help prevent mistakes when cutting the orange. Then, take the top off the orange and score out the design you’ve made, using the paring knife.
  4. Image titled Make a Candle out of an Orange Step 7

     Light the candle. Light the orange’s stem with a lighter. This may take a couple of attempts. It might be easier to use extra long barbecue matches if you feel it’s too cramped using a lighter.
  5. Image titled Make a Candle out of an Orange Step 8Place the top half (with its pre-designed hole) onto the bottom half with the wick. This completes the candle.
  6. Image titled Make a Candle out of an Orange Step 9

    Watch how it lights. usually this orange candle can lasts up to 2-4 hours.

    credits: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Candle-out-of-an-Orange

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