Bright, beautiful lemons light up your dinner table – and not just in terms of taste. You can make easy DIY lemon candles that add a lovely and fragrant touch to your dinner party, brunch, or special occasion dinner. Or, use them around the house to add the fresh scent of lemon anytime.
2 large lemons
1 teaspoon lemon essential oil
1/2 pound beeswax
4 Wicks, 3-inches each
4 Wick holders
Wax paper or foil – to place underneath the candles as the wax dries
Wooden sticks – shish kebab sticks will do
*You can make a double boiler by using a pot about 2/3 full of water with a smaller heat proof bowl, saucepan, or other container that fits inside it.
- Cut the lemons in half lengthwise.
- Using a spoon or sharp knife, cut out the flesh into a bowl, leaving a shell with the white pitch and yellow peel. Reserve the flesh and juice for cooking.
- Create your double boiler and heat the wax until just melted – but not bubbling hot.
- Add the lemon essential oil for extra fragrance, and stir to mix.
- Dip each wick into the hot wax and straighten it as you draw it back out.
- Thread it through, and wrap the end a few times around the wick holder, and then press the wick holder into the lemon peel shell.
- Place the lemon peel shells in a row between two taller glasses. Two to each row probably works best.
- Wrap the loose end of the wick around the wooden stick or shish kebab stick, and then suspend the stick between the two glasses. This makes sure that the wick will be straight as the wax dries and hardens.
- Pour the melted wax into the lemon peel shell. You can let it overflow a little – it adds a nice decorative touch.
- The wax should take about 4 hours to dry. Once it has completely solidified, cut the wick to about 1/2-inch above the wax.