The humble orange skin is usually discarded after eating the juicy flesh or it might just have the zest removed to add some flavour to a recipe. Here's a simple idea to turn left over orange skin into a homemade candle.
A plate of these would look lovely as an unusual table centrepiece at Christmas or Halloween.
Don't forget to be safety conscious and never leave a burning candle in a room alone.
Time: 10 minutes
Materials Firm orange
Long handled lighter
First cut the orange across the centre to create two halves.
Scoop out the flesh of the orange, leaving the skin and central white pith inside.
Leave the central white stringy part as in the picture because this will be your candle wick.
Half fill the orange half with olive oil. I've heard that other cooking oil is also suitable but haven't tried it myself.
Use a long handled lighter to light the wick of the candle. It will take a while to light the first time which is why you need a long handle. If you try to use a match it will burn out before your candle lights. Subsequent lighting of the candle will be instant so it's just the first time you will have to wait a little.