How to make lemon and lime rind candles

If you've been wanting new candle holders, why not take a look in your fruit bowl? It might sound strange, but lemon and lime rinds can be turned into cute, eco-friendly candle holders in just a few minutes.
The candles in this project were scented with lavender essential oil, but you can use any essential oil you like. Citrus essential oils are the obvious choice, but citronella would be a good option if you live somewhere with lots of mosquitoes.
- Cutting board
- Knife
- Lemons and limes
- Spoon
- Small bowl
- Small decorative bows
- Hot glue gun
- Thumbtacks
- Heatproof glass pitcher
- Candle wax
- Essential oil
- Stir stick
- Heatproof glove
- Candle wicks
- Clothespins
- Scissors
1. Cut the lemons and limes in half lengthwise, and use a spoon to scoop out the flesh into a small bowl.
2. Hot glue a decorative bow to the front of each citrus rind.
3. Push three tacks into the bottom of each rind to create a triangle; this will help keep the candle holder stable.
4. Place the wax in a heatproof glass pitcher and melt it on an electric candle wax melter or in a double boiler.
5. Mix in a few drops of the essential oil.
6. While wearing the heatproof glove, pour the hot wax into each citrus rind, filling it almost all the way to the top.
7. Insert a wick into the center of each candle while the wax is still hot. Attach a clothespin to each wick to hold it in place.
8. When the wax has cooled completely, remove the clothespins and trim down the wicks with scissors.

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