A friend of mine DIYed her own candles, made from the peels of Satsuma oranges, for a recent dinner party. I was so excited by this simple yet clever idea, I had to share the tutorial on HonestlyWTF. My only regret is not discovering this sooner when Satsumas were at their absolute peak in December. Hopefully, you’ll still be able to snatch up a few at your local grocery store or farmer’s market and impress your guests at your next dinner party!
- Satsuma oranges with stems attached
- olive or vegetable oil
- a serrated knife
- a spoon
towards the bottom and pry the orange out from the sides, making sure not to break through
pith will be the wick of the candle. Snip the outer stem off with a pair of scissors so the candle can sit flat.
lit! *** Tip: if you’re having trouble lighting the pith, it’s probably because it has too much
moisture. Try letting the peel dry overnight (without oil) and don’t forget to submerge the tip
into oil for a few seconds before lighting.
Remember, never leave candles unattended while burning! xx
(all images via HonestlyWTF)