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Pinterest Challenge – the clementine candle

5 Feb

One of the first things I pinned on Pinterest was “how to  make a clementine candle“.  I thought “Hey!  I like candles!  And we always have clementines in the house! The kids will get a kick out of this!”

That was 11 weeks ago, according to my pin.  Oops.

Today, Maura wanted a clementine.  I peeled it, and as I was peeling the “easy peel” fruit, I thought “you know, I have nothing better to do…and I did say I’d try a pin a week…”

So I felt around the bag of clementines and found a squishy one, which means it would be easy to peel, and pulled out a knife to try this.

I have to say – it went surprisingly easy.  Within minutes, I had a clementine candle.  One tip – make sure your “wick” is centered over the star opening or else it’ll start burning the peel.

pulling out the individual portions (which were consumed by Sean)

tried making a star - I'm not sure what shape I ended up with

filled it a bit with olive oil...

...and after a couple tries...a flame!

with the cover on...

another angle - you can see the amount of olive oil I used

still lit!

you can see where the cover was getting too much heat and burning...

Once done, I brought it in to show off to the kids…only to be met with “Huh?  What is that?  Oh…can I eat the insides?”

Kids are no fun.  But the clementine candle is fun!  And still burning strong beside me.  I may have a party trick at last!

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5 Responses to “Pinterest Challenge – the clementine candle”

  1. Kierna February 5, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    ha – good to know I am not the only one who pins stuff with loads of good intentions!!

  2. Keziah Noel February 5, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    It looks like the hard part is getting the sections of fruit out of the peel with the peel still whole.

    • phoebz4 February 5, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

      In the link I pinned, they peeled the half-peel backwards, so it was almost inside out, then popped out the clementine slices. I actually pulled the peel away on the sides and then gently pulled a couple pieces out – after that it was easy. Though the peel I got was somewhat away from the slices anyway, which helped a lot!

  3. Mara February 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    That’s pretty cool!! What’s next on your list?

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