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.