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Lemon Candles

Introduction

You can easily make your own naturally scented votive candles from hollowed-out lemon skins and beeswax. When pouring the wax, make sure it's at just the right temperature (180 degrees): If it's too hot, it will draw all the moisture from the lemon; if it's too cold, it won't cool and set well. These candles are best used within a day or two after making them. Makes 24 candles.

Materials

  • 1 dozen lemon
  • Knife
  • Melon baller
  • Candy thermometer
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon oil
  • Wicks
  • Wick holder
  • 1 pound beeswax
  • Small paintbrush

Steps

  1. Step 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. Step 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. Step 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. Step 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. Step 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.

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Reviews (6)

  • MontyDane 29 Aug, 2009

    Take a tiny slice off the bottom of the lemon haves so they will stand without tipping over.

  • MontyDane 29 Aug, 2009

    Hint: Take a tiny slice off the bottom of the lemons so they will not roll over.

  • dosali 29 Aug, 2009

    craft or herbal stores-look for essential oils

  • bethandbibi 29 Aug, 2009

    where do you get the lemon oil? supermarket or craft store?

  • DawnCollins 10 Sep, 2008

    purr-fect I Love to make candles.

  • kristinowen 13 Nov, 2007

    I would like to start makeing candles as well