Making Clementine Candles

| 1/11/2013 8:10:01 AM

Tags: Making candles, oranges, winter craft, House in the Woods Farm, Ilene White Freedman, Mother Earth News, Ilene White Freedman,

Happy New Year! It was a pleasure to welcome in the new year around the table with good friends. It warmed my spirit as much as the bowl of homemade chili warmed my belly. After Andrea’s homemade peppermint chocolates for dessert, I offered up the Clementines. And with it, a clever craft — Clementine Candles.

My friend Anne taught me how to make Clementine candles, a craft she learned around the table of her childhood home in Belgium. In the 15 years I have been sharing this craft with other friends, nobody has ever been familiar with it. Making candles out of a citrus rind is a beautiful thing. It combines three seasonal traditions — eating citrus and lighting candles...and making candles!

In the winter time, my family likes to eat oranges. It’s a sweet way to get your vitamin C. We buy a case of really wonderful Satsuma oranges. Satsumas are easy peel oranges and so sweet. My brother, Ron, makes the kids sing “Oh my darling, Clementine” before he gives them an orange.  And I make candles out of the peels.

bowl of clementines

I will teach you to make Clementine Candles, so you can charm your friends with this special craft.

Start with a bowl of Clementines. Any easy peel variety will work. You might have to eat a lot of oranges.

Cirila Cerilo
1/13/2013 11:57:41 AM

very cool, Ilene. I'll have to try it soon.

Alexis Self
1/12/2013 2:57:45 PM

These are so cool. I can't wait to try making them...I don't ever mind having to eat a bowlful of Satsumas!

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