How to Make a Grapefruit Peel Candle Holder
What You’ll Need
To make a grapefruit peel candle holder, you will need:
- Grapefruit peels from 1-2 grapefruits
- Candle wick
- Candle wax
- Double boiler or makeshift double boiler
- Essential oils (optional)
The most important item is the grapefruit peels. Make sure to reserve enough peels from 1-2 grapefruits to form the candle holder shape you want. The peels need to be fresh and somewhat pliable to shape properly.
The candle wick provides the flame once the candle hardens. Use a pretabbed or prewaxed wick to make wick placement easier.
For the actual candle, you’ll need candle wax. Soy wax or beeswax work best for container candles. Make sure you have enough wax to fill the grapefruit peels.
A double boiler gently melts the wax. You can also create a makeshift double boiler by placing a heat-safe bowl over a pot of simmering water.
Use a spoon to scoop and pour the melted wax.
Essential oils like grapefruit, lemon or orange can provide nice citrusy aromas (optional).
Preparing the Peels
Start by washing the grapefruits thoroughly. Then, peel them carefully with a vegetable peeler or paring knife. Try to keep the peels in large pieces as you work around the grapefruit.
Reserve the freshly peeled grapefruit sections for eating or another use.
Take the grapefruit peels and trim off any excess pith or membrane so just the colorful peel remains.
Shape and arrange the peels as desired to form your candle holder. You may need peels from 2 grapefruits to make a substantial holder. Form a cup-like base, then overlap peels up the sides.
Use toothpicks to hold the peel pieces together as needed. The wax will further adhere them together.
Making the Candle
Add a few inches of water to a saucepan and bring it to a gentle simmer. Place a heat-safe glass or metal bowl on top – this will be your double boiler.
Add wax chunks to the bowl to melt. The wax will take 5-10 minutes to fully melt using the double boiler. Avoid overheating it.
Once melted, you can stir in essential oils for fragrance. Start with 1 teaspoon oil per pound of wax.
Carefully place the pretabbed or prewaxed wick into the center of the grapefruit peel form. Hold it upright until the wax sets a bit.
Slowly pour the melted wax into the peel holder. Fill it almost to the brim.
Allow the grapefruit candle to fully set undisturbed for at least 6 hours. Once set, carefully trim the wick to 1⁄4 inch before lighting.
Enjoy your handmade grapefruit peel candle! The peel form makes a lovely natural holder.
Here are some tips for best results:
Use very fresh peels – Older peels may crack or break more easily.
Keep the peels thick – Thinner peels may be too flimsy for shaping.
Dry the peels first – Pat peels dry so excess moisture doesn’t alter the wax.
Reinforce with toothpicks – Use toothpicks to hold peels together while wax sets.
Pour wax slowly – This prevents cracks or leaks in the peel holder.
Cool completely before moving – Moving too soon can distort the candle.
With some simple supplies and fresh grapefruit peels, you can make a gorgeous natural candle holder that also infuses a lovely citrus scent. Enjoy this easy homemade candle craft.