DIY Christmas Decor: Make Your Own Orange Peel Scented Candles

Looking for ways to make your Christmas more meaningful this year? It’s all about DIY for 2020. Award-winning entrepreneur, journalist and model Rachel Ducker shows you how to make your own natural orange-peel scented candles this Christmas…

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I’m sure I am not the only one looking forward to Christmas 2020.

After a long, and let’s say, eventful year, we are all excited about seeing our family again, or being allowed to see our family again! So, it feels only right that we should all try and go that extra mile to make our loved ones feel even more special.

By this I mean in terms of sentiment, not how many gifts are under the tree or a food cupboard that is excessively stocked up.

One of my favourite things to do at Christmas is to make my own Christmas decorations.

This is a fun and enjoyable thing to do with your partner or the kids, they make great gifts and last for years to come.

Here is how to make your very own DIY orange peel scented natural candles.

DIY Christmas Decor: Make Your Own Orange Peel Scented Candles

Make your own orange peel scented candles this Christmas (photo: @fallfordiy)

What You’ll Need

  • Oranges
  • Soy wax
  • Orange extract
  • Candle wicks
  • Wick holder
  • Pyrex glass bowl
  • Small pan
  • Rosemary

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Using a knife slice the orange in half. Cut the flesh away from the peel and scoop it out with a spoon. Take out as much as you can leaving only the peel.

Step 2: Place a small pan filled about a quarter full with water on the heat. In the pan place a heat resistant glass bowl. Melt the soy wax in the bowl over a low heat.

Step 3: Once melted turn the heat off and leave the wax to cool slightly before pouring.

Step 4: Add a few drops of orange essential oil to the wax to create a warm festive scent.

Step 5: Take a wick and dip the metal wick sustainer (the metal at the end of the wick) into the wax. Hold this down on the bottom of the hollowed out orange until the wax is dry and the wick is set in place. If you have a wick holder put it in place now. Otherwise you can use skewers or sticks to hold it in place.

Step 6: Carefully pour the wax into the orange peel. Fill the peel to the top with wax.

Step 7: Pick off a few fresh rosemary leaves and sprinkle them into the surface of the wax. Leave the wax to start setting, then sprinkle a few more so they sit on the surface of the candle.

Step 8: Once the wax is fully set remove the wick holder and trim the wick to around 1 cm.

Step 9: Light the candle and enjoy the warm glow and festive scents!

You can either give your candles as a gift or keep them at home to create the perfect centrepiece for your festive table on Christmas Day.