Saturday, January 14, 2012

Citrus Oil Lamps!

I was going to try to come up with a groan-worthy pun for the title of this one.  "Orange You Glad" something or other...and then I gave up. You're welcome.

I was browsing Pinterest this last week, because it's a perfectly acceptable pastime, and came across a tutorial for making an oil lamp from any citrus fruit.  Oh sure, I have actual candles at my house, but they are far less intriguing.  So I entertained the kids while I made an orange lamp.  It works!  It's fun!   It pushes unloading the dishwasher back at least 10 minutes!  Want to try it?  Here's what you do:

1. Occupy children with snacks

2. Cut your orange (or clementine, lemon, lime, grapefruit, etc.) in half.  Carefully scrape out the delicious insides, leaving a center "wick" of white fleshy stuff.  This is a very scientific process.

3.  Fill the bowl with olive oil (or canola, vegetable, etc.) and light the wick.  Here's the only part that takes real patience.  Depending on your fruit, the wick may take a little while to light.  Don't fret.  It will.  And then...

4.  Admire!  You can hollow out the other half of your fruit and cut a vent hole to make a little glowing ball of coolness.  We did this with a clementine:


Karen said...

This is amazing. It looks incredible and I bet it fills the room with very pleasant scents! I love step 1: give the kids a snack. Nice move.

emk said...

that is so cool!!! (er, HOT)

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