How to Make Homemade Candles

Candles are a great accent piece to any room and add an inspiring flare to home decor. Not to mention, the aroma from a lit candle infuses throughout every crevasse of a space. From lemon to orange, a citrus candle can freshen up your living area!

Not to mention, the aroma from a lit candle infuses throughout every crevasse of a space.  From lemon to orange, a citrus candle can freshen up your living area!

Have you ever thought about making your own homemade candles? Homemade candles are simple and easy to make. The beauty of making homemade candles is that you can infuse any scent that you enjoy. We have the perfect recipe if you love citrus scents. Have you eaten an orange lately? Or perhaps used a lemon in your cooking? Take the rinds of limes, lemons, or oranges and turn them into homemade candles.

Take a look at Martha Stewart’s step-by-step instructions on how to make lemon-scented homemade candles:

Lemon Candles

Tools and Materials

  • 1 dozen lemon
  • Knife
  • Melon baller
  • Candy thermometer
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon oil
  • Wicks
  • Wick holder
  • 1 pound beeswax
  • Small paintbrush
Lemon Candles How-To
1. Cut the lemons lengthwise. Squeeze out as much of the juice as possible without tearing the skin. Hollow out the lemon halves with a melon baller.

2. In a double boiler, heat beeswax until melted, about 180 degrees. Check temperature with a candy thermometer. Turn off the heat and add lemon oil.

3. Cut 3 inches of wick; tie a knot at one end. Thread the loose end through a wick holder, and pull so the knot is secure under the holder.

4. Dip the wick and holder with wax until coated; this will stiffen and straighten the wick. Press the wick holder into the bottom of the lemon half to affix. Let the wick dry.

5. Pour the wax into the lemon half, and fill to the edge. Use a small paintbrush to coat the rim of the lemon with wax. Let the candle dry for about 4 hours.

Follow these simple instructions and you will have homemade candles in no time.  These citrus homemade candles will certainly make your kitchen table look fabulous and unique.

If you don’t want to keep all the homemade candles for yourself, these citrus candles also make great party favors. Re-kindle those artistic flames and get started on this arts and crafts project of creating your own homemade candles!

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