Orange Lantern Candle

how to make an orange lantern candle

It feels good to use something instead of throwing it out.  And it’s cool to say to your kids in the afternoon, “Hey, we are going to cut up oranges to eat, AND make a candle lantern.”

Below are the steps on how I made an orange lantern.



Tea light candle

Small knife


Step 1

Cut around the belly of an orange (with the two points at each end). Don’t cut all the way through, just so the knife is just into the flesh of the orange.

orange candle instructions

Step 2

Using the knife, make a small cut between the skin and the flesh of the orange.

make an orange candle

Step 3

Place a finger in the cut and carefully run your finger around the orange, separating the flesh from the skin.

orange candle

Step 4

Continue working your finger around the orange until you’re close to the base.

orange candle

Step 5

Use the knife to cut the remaining flesh off the bottom of the orange.  This is to make sure you don’t tear a hole in the bottom of the orange. Use a spoon to carefully remove the rest of the orange (or just leave it in there if there is only a small amount of residue left).

how to make an orange candle

how to make an orange candle for decoration instructions

Step 6

Repeat with the other side of the orange.

how to make an orange candle for decoration

Step 7

Make a circle shape cut, about the size of a 20 cent – 50 cent piece, on the inside of one of the orange halves and push out to make a hole. This will become the top of the candle.

Tip: Test the orange to see which side sits best on a flat surface and use that for the bottom of your candle holder.

how to make an orange candle holder

Step 8

Place a tea light candle in the base of your orange lantern.

how to make an orange candle lantern for decoration

Step 9

Light the candle, put the top on and enjoy a lovely orange smell throughout the house! Pretty!  I had my candle lanterns burning for a couple of hours, and the skin didn’t burn because the hole in the top of the orange was large enough (plus I would only use a fresh orange and single use only).  As for any candle, never leave it unattended.

orange candle lantern

orange candle lantern

Step 10

The orange lanterns look absolutely gorgeous as a table centrepiece, and I can see myself using them for Christmas decorations, a dinner party, or just because I can.

I placed pebbles on a large rectangle and put 2 orange lanterns in the centre.

orange lantern centrepiece

orange lantern table centrepiece

Step 11

We ate the orange too, of course.

orange lantern


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    August 27, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Looks like something very fun for me and my kid to do. He is a creative little one and I am sure he will love doing these!

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    August 27, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Brillant idea and yet so simple that any of us can do this.

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    Megan Lovell
    August 27, 2012 at 8:00 am

    You can also do this for Halloween and carve little jack-o-lantern faces into them. That’s what we do, way cheaper than buying a Halloween pumpkin for almost 20$

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    August 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Ooo, can just imagine how good this would smell. Definitely going to do this. Thanks Kelly 🙂

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    August 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I just made two with my daughter and she put her crystal rocks around them! She is so excited! ????Can’t wait to light them for dinner tonite! ????cute idea! Thanks xxx

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    August 27, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Great idea, love the image. Are two orange trees have a couple of oranges left, will have to try this one.

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    Dana Butler
    August 28, 2012 at 3:04 am

    I love this idea!!! What a great, fun, fall activity!! Totally gonna do this. Thanks so much!

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    Sonia Life Love and Hiccups
    August 30, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    You have to stop posting so may brilliant ideas. my project list gets bigger and bigger everytime I visit you. Such a brilliant idea for halloween though so *sigh* I must go get my list, I have some more adding to do 🙂 xx

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      August 31, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      Haha. The good thing about this is, you don’t really need to plan it. Just do it next time you have oranges in the house. It only takes a few mintues, and then light, and enjoy, and then throw out until next time you have oranges. xx

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