I can’t get enough of simple DIY crafts that utilize things that are within arm’s reach.
We’ve seen some really brilliant craft ideas that both adults and kids alike will adore including unbelievably easy back-to-school hacks, this great way to make new toys, and beautiful, unique wall art.
My favorite thing about DIYs like this is that there is an opportunity to create fantastic double uses for ordinary items. The craft you’re about to see, for example, utilizes a very common fruit and one of my personalfavorites.
What’s more, there really is no specific technique that’s required in making these cute, decorative little items. I personally am getting ready to make these all over again when Halloween comes around, because the colors involved are just soperfect!
For this simple craft, all you’ll need are a few oranges, a paring knife, and oil. We used vegetable oil, but you can also use olive oil.
Start by slicing the orange in half. Make sure to cut down the middle, so as to keep the large pulp stem intact.
Next, scoop out the flesh. You can dig with your fingers, but we found that using a spoon works best.
When you get down to the bottom of the peel, you’ll want to be more careful. Try cutting the flesh near the pulp stem with a knife.
This is what you’ll end up with. If you’ve accidentally torn holes in the peel, don’t worry.
Pour a little oil into the half with the pulp stem. A couple of tablespoons will do, depending on the size of your orange.
Let the oil soak into the stem for a few minutes. Meanwhile, you can carve a pattern into the other half.
The last part is the trickiest. We tried lighting the pulp stem (your “wick”) with a few different lighters, but found that a longer grill lighter worked best.
And there you have it! The smell is heavenly, and the colors are absolutely beautiful! It’s the perfect, all-natural candle to make together with kids and family.