Orange Peel Candle Holder


I love oranges. Their taste, smell, what they do to my taste buds (and to my digestive system, too, but I doubt anyone cares to know about that). I’m an Aries, so I also love fire. And I happen to be a thrifty Witch who enjoys keeping the Earth Mother as clean as it is humanly possible, so I recycle, upcycle, and repurpose everything I can manage. Here is my latest venture, an upcycled orange peel candle holder:
The stand is a taper candle holder, which I got for .25 cents at a garage sale about a gazillion years ago in North Carolina. The candle hole is too big, so I’ve never been able to use it for tapers. The orange peel candle holder is always easy, delicious, and fun to make.

1st – Cut the orange in half.

2nd – Juice it with care, you don’t want to damage the rind. I forgot to take a picture of my hot self, dominating the orange juicer… use your imagination. It was super sexy; really, I was looking at myself in the mirror while I took charge of the fruit.

3rd – Gently, but sharply *tee hee* separate the rind from the pericarp.

4th – It’s best to keep as much of the pericarp—the inner part of the rind—as possible.

5th – Find a container to shape the peel, in order to avoid unwanted shrinkage. I used a tiny ceramic planter for this one, but I commonly use empty glass jars and bottles. I need to apologize, again, because I forgot to take pictures of the drying process, which I’ve never bothered to record. Yes, I’m the worst witchy crafter in the universe. I tend to strategically place the peel in a dry, warm and ventilated place (near the stove, on top of a cabinet, the topmost shelf… lol) and check on it whenever I remember.

This is the result. The bits filling the holder are used cinnamon, pomegranate peel, and more orange peel. The candle is the last from my stash of 2012’s Return of the Lights candle making session.

Here is a better view of the outside of the peel. Next month, I will recycle some wax and pour it into a few upcycled candle holders. I promise not to skip any of the steps… maybe ;-)

Warning: I doubt I need to tell anyone that candles are flammable because, well… they are on freaking fire. But, for those who haven’t had the pleasure of playing the Watch This! game with older (and mildly wild) siblings, I will warn you that orange peel has a very combustible personality. So stay safe. Never leave a candle unattended, and PLEASE try your best to set your burning beauties on a fireproof surface. 

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  1. Please, let us know how to dry the peel. we have many oranges in the market at present, so I can easily use one for such a nice holder:)i also found out that my aroma lamp's top can be a great candle holder, no need to buy a separate one.
    Have a happy day, creative witch!
    Anna

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    1. I just set the thing aside and it dries with time. Now I will have to eat some oranges (what a sacrifice, NOT! lol) and I will record the time it takes and such. I promise to make a few experiments (different locations) and tell you all about it in my candle recycling post, next month ;-)

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    2. Oh , good :) thanks if you find time for doing so.

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    3. No problem, it will be fun ;-)

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  2. Mmmmm...can smell it from all the way over the other side of the world :o)

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    1. The scent is delicious. I tend to keep my face really close to the peels while I'm crumbling, just so I can get drunk in the aroma ;-)

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  3. Thank you for your wonderful comment!
    That looks yummy! And by the way only you can make crafts sexy! I usually huff and puff all the way!(no pun intended!) Whenever you pass by that candle you must crave oranges, right?
    Brightest blessings!

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    1. Thank YOU for sharing such wonderful gift with us!

      And hey, we can make everything sexy (even while crafting in sweats and insane hair *cough, cough*)

      Hm... I'm pretty sure you've just discovered one of the reasons why I'm always eating oranges ;-)

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  4. Ah, I love candle making. And fire. And then I read about making your own fire starters the other night; with an egg carton, lint from the washing machine and wax - as the only ingredients! Gotta make some, soon.

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    1. Do share your fire starters process after you figure it out. It sounds like something I would love to try, too ;-)

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  5. Lovely, Magaly! It reminds me of the little "Orange O'lantern" I made for Samhain last year. I just love the smell of oranges and cinnamon.

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    1. I need to go to your blog to dig and read and to find your Orange O'lantern. What a lovely idea. And the smell of orange and cinnamon is intoxicating (and quite addicting... to me, at least ;-)

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  6. This is a craft I can't wait to do, thanks for sharing it with us !!!!

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    1. Yay! I'm glad you'll give it a go. Let me know how you like it ;-)

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  7. Fabulous!! Great way to recycle.
    hugs
    SueAnn

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    1. And to keep the house smelling yummy at a thrifty price, too ;-)

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  8. I think you should have titled this post "Fifty Shades of Orange," LOL!

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    1. "Fifty Shades of Orange": the Flaming Edition lol

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  9. Well you are a wonderful crafter, Magaly. That is very ingenious and I could smell it right through the computer screen - just lovely!

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    1. Well, thank you ;-) And I know I've been saying this, but you are right, it does smell delicious. I keep that particular candle near the stove (I spend a lot of time in the kitchen) and I can always enjoy the scent while I'm cooking ;-)

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  10. Great idea. :) So crafty you are. LOL!!

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    1. Gracias! I'm a by the seat of my pants kind of crafter, so I really like it when I find something easy and fun to make. Even better when I can reuse something like oranges, for I ingest tons of the stuff ;-)

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    2. De nada. :) You inspire us all.

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  11. Being a fellow pyro, I adore this idea. GK loves oranges and so a match...pun intended, for both of us. And yes, I too have sat back and heard, hey look, all it's on fire.....bwahahahahaha. Candle, container, table and all. Ooooops, my Irkle imitation, "Did I do that?" Oma Linda (I musta skipped fire prevention class)

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    1. I can just see you, GK and I feeding a beautiful bonfire as RY claps (wearing red, of course) and we all dance like happy elementals in the flesh ;-)

      And I have a feeling must Aries go to the fire prevention class just to find ways to avoid following the rule, by accident ;-)

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  12. Cool, but I don't get the shaping part. Cause the end result looks just the same as when you took the insides out. It keeps it from collapsing while drying?

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    1. I just added the clarification, thank you! And yes it is to keep it from collapsing and shrinking while it's drying. Also, I've used different kinds of shapes and the orange peel assumes the form without much complain ;-)

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  13. Wow, I love this idea! Citrus scented ANYTHING is my favorite! I'll have to make one of these soon. And I'm an Aries too (with Leo moon and Leo rising) so I also love FIRE! :) LOL

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    1. Same here. I love how clean and yummy it smells. If you make it, let me know how you like it ;-)

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  14. I'm drinking "Wild Sweet Orange" tea by Tazo as I read this....my new favorite tea....
    Must be an Aries thing? Haha!

    It is such a pretty way to keep delicious peels out of the trash....and I bet it smells wonderful, too!
    Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. I'm all for trash to treasure, particularly when the treasure in question smells sooo yummy ;-)

      Speaking of yummy, "Wild Sweet Orange," sounds delicious!

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  15. I'm not sure how you ever thought of this but I love it. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Orange makes me think yummy thoughts ;-)

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  16. You crafty witch!! I love this!

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    1. If you say it, I believe it ;-)

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  17. You clever crafty witch! I really love this! Thanks for sharing Magaly ;o)

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    1. Well, now two people have said it, and right after each other, so I must believe it lol

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    2. LOL! I didn't even realize that! LOL!

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  18. Beautiful! I'm working on this with some orange peels: http://colorfully.eu/how-to-make-roses-from-orange-peel-diy/ Roses never smelled so tasty! lol

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    1. They are sooo pretty, and the jar makes them look even nicer. I wonder how they would look with stalks...

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  19. When I read your title I thought you would be talking about making the orange the actual candle. You started out similar. Your project looks lovely too and I love the added cinnamon and stuff.

    I made an orange peal candle last year. Unfortunately it does not smell as great as it looks. But it is definitely a green and cheap alternative.
    Here is my post on the orange peal candle.
    http://salemwitchchild.blogspot.com/2012/07/orange-peal-candle.html

    I would recommend if anyone uses this method to burn it outdoors only because of the scent.

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    1. Did you burn the candle while the peel was still fresh? Because if you did, then it probably smelled a bit funky--just like certain (fresh) incenses. When I make orange candles, I spike the wax with a bit of the juice and dry zest, mine always smell great. As a matter of fact, there is one burning in my bathroom right now. I will share my recipe next month ;-)

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    2. Yes I did. I'll have to dry one next time and see if that works better. The Pinterest thing didn't say to dry it before burning.

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    3. Tell me how it goes!

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  20. Oh I hear you ~ I love oranges too and just about anything made with them as well. Love this! It's natural, lovely and fun to make ~ definitely adding it to my new list of upcoming treats!
    ♥Sharon

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    1. I confess to have orange peels all over the house. I love their sunny color and the scent that lingers in the air. I can't wait to have another orange peel fire ;-)

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  21. Hi, Magaly! This is a must try for me, as I, too, love oranges. Have you seen the Clementine Candle? Here is a link: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-make-a-clementine-candl-1453

    Blessings,
    Julia

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    1. I LOVE clementine. That seductive and sweet citrus scent. I just checked the site (and saved it!). I'm definitely going to make it. Thanks for sharing ;-)

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  22. Part of me wants to do this. And part of me is scared of setting the orange peel on fire accidentally...

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    1. If you are scared, don't make it. But it is not that dangerous, just treated like a wooden candle holder. You wouldn't let that catch fire, would you?

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  23. wow thanks! great idea!! if i hadn't been so far behind in my reading, i might've seen this before i juiced like a dozen oranges i was gifted from a client!! and after juicing...cut up the rinds...this idea is definitely a keeper!!!!! =)

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    1. One of the reasons why I started making things with oranges is because I eat a lot of oranges (it's that or nasty pills for digestion). It is nice to be able to do something with all the peels, and the ones that brake in the process go into my Winter Solstice fire (or any fire for that matter). I like it ;-)

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  24. Oooooh! What a wonderful idea. I love orange and citrus is Dan's favorite smell (big smile while moving eyebrows up and down)I can totally see you taking charge of that juicer. Nearly makes me break into a sweat. ;-) Thank you for sharing this wonderful craft, sweetie.

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    1. I don't know why but "taking charge of that juicer" sounds way better when you say it while moving your eyebrows up and down lol

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  25. found it! now to find a container to hold their shape. i wonder...can i stack them in a jar? not right on top of each other...but leave a little breathing room between each half? hmmmm...maybe not enough air circulation for drying...

    thanks for the idea!! =)

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    1. They might stick to each other if you stack them. I'v use bottles, large shot glasses... anything works. But I've never stacked them.

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