DIY Fresh Orange Candles

It’s winter in Savannah, GA and that means beautiful citrus trees are heavy with fruit. Yellow grapefruit, oranges, lemons and limes ripening all around me. From my window as I write this, I can see two orange trees and one particular clementine tree where a militant orange tabby cat stands guard daily.

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at an orange candle for awhile. Basically, I didn’t believe the flame would burn for 5-6 hours like I had read. And I wanted to see if  it had wonderful citrus scent as it burned. So I put on an orange shirt to get in the mood and made 6. I made a little video too.

How To Make a Candle From An Orange
makes 2 candles

Ingredients/stuff you’ll need:
1 orange (preferably with a thick skin)
Knife
Grapefruit spoon (0ptional/you can use your hands just fine)
Olive oil or vegetable oil
Lighter

Directions:

STEP ONE

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Pick/Buy/Steal/Borrow An Orange

STEP TWO

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Use the knife to cut the orange in half across the middle.

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Use your fingers or a grapefruit knife to remove the flesh down to the skin, being sure to leave the middle stem like portion intact. (I was worried about it ripping out, but the worry wasn’t necessary. The “stem” is tough and won’t pull out easily.)

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STEP THREE

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Pouring over the stem (this is important, you need to get the stem/wick saturated with the oil to help start the flame). Fill to slightly below the top of the wick.

STEP FOUR

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Let the oil filled candle sit for a few minutes before lighting with the lighter. Even then, it still takes a couple of minutes to keep the flame from extinguishing. But, once you get it lit, it will stay lit for….wait for it.

FIVE HOURS!!!!! And, as far as the scent goes. Think a homemade orange and olive oil body scrub. Just a slight citrus scent mixed with olive oil and something else you can’t quite put your finger on.
I will never throw away an orange rind again without illuminating it.

 

DIY: Candy Cane Hula Hoop Holiday Tree

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Production Assistant: Anthony Lunsmann
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
On location at The Grant Hotel, available through Lucky Savannah Vacation Rentals

Non-traditional spaces call for non-traditional holiday decorating!

In this modern organic loft space a holiday party was scheduled. I wanted to play up the extra tall ceilings and exposed pipes without taking up valuable dance floor space with a big Christmas tree, so the Candy Cane Hula Hoop Tree was born!
Total cost: $20
Wow Factor When the Guests Entered the Room: Priceless!

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Candy Cane Hula Hoop Holiday Tree
makes 1 quick & easy holiday decoration for non-traditional spaces

What you need:
6 lightweight hula hoops
1-2 rolls red and white painters tape
1 roll great ribbon (I used a grey satin)
3 large white and red buffalo checked canvases (optional)

What to do:
1. Wrap a Base Layer: Using the white tape, wrap it around the hula hoops until all are completely covered. Don’t worry about the tape being perfect!

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2. Add the Red Striping: Using the red tape, tape a stripe onto the white tape of each hula hoop.

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3. Build the tree: Lay your “tree” out on a flat surface with one hoop at the top, two in the middle section and three in the bottom. Using durable ribbon, tie the hoops together at each point of touch with a beautiful bow. You can get more “fancy” here with big elaborate bows. I chose to keep my tree a bit more humble.

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4. Hang and enjoy: I hung my tree from exposed piping from the ceiling but you could even attach it to the wall with removable hangers. The plus is this weighs next to nothing!
Another idea is to make it pop by hanging it a few inches away from the wall and placing loud artwork behind it (I buffalo-checked large white canvases with red craft paint…I hope you saw this technique in my instagram story a few weeks ago, but if not get the HOW TO HERE).
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DIY: Peppermint Candy Cookie Cutter Ornaments

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Production Assistant: Anthony Lunsmann
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography

I remember making peppermint candy ornaments one year in vacation bible school. If only I had been cool enough to make one in a pig shape back then!

This holiday craft is perfect for a tree meant just for the littles! We added red and white pom pom garland and tied torn pieces of gingham fabric on the branches to complete the playful look.

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Peppermint Candy Cookie Cutter Ornaments
What you need: 
Festive metal cookie cutter(s)
1 bag of round peppermints
Non-stick cooking spray
1 chopstick or small stick
1 sheet tray
Parchment paper or silpat
Paring knife
Yarn
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What to do:
1. Coat Cookie Cutter: Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lay a sheet of parchment paper or a silpat on your sheet try. Next, completely cover (both sides) your cookie cutter with cookie spray, you’ll thank me later!

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2. Place Your Peppermints: Arrange your cookie cutters on the baking paper and carefully place your peppermints inside one by one. You may need to crack a few to fit in tight spaces. Don’t worry about a few gaps, as the candies begin to melt the holes will fill in.

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3. Bake: Place tray on the middle rack of your oven and allow to bake until just melted together (about 3-6 minutes). Remove from oven immediately.

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4. Trim the Excess: Allow about 30 seconds for the candies to set up a bit before using a paring knife to cut away any of the candy that has seeped out the cookie cutter. Work quickly!!

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5. Create Hole for Hanging: Use a chopstick or other small stick to carefully make a 1/4-inch hole at the top for hanging later.

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6. Remove From Cutter: Using your hands, push the slightly cooled peppermint shape out of the cookie cutter. The candy must be still pliable for it to come out without breaking. If need be, you can pop back in the oven for 30 seconds.

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7. Make a Hanger: Cut a length of yarn and thread through the hole in the ornament and tie ends together.

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8. Decorate Your Tree: Hang ornaments from the yarn hangers onto the branches of your tree! Libbie Summers, A Food-Inspired Life, Holiday Decorations, Peppermint, Candy, How To, DIY, Handmade Ornament, nostalgic, tradition
How stinkin’ cute is this!! Remember, you can eat your ornaments later…just not too much later.
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DIY Vintage Fashion Ornaments

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Production Assistant: Anthony Lunsmann
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography

Black licorice and a vintage fashion magazine were the inspiration for these chic, sweet and silly holiday tree ornaments!

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DIY Vintage Fashion Ornaments
serves 1 dozen adorable & cheeky tree ornaments 

What you need: 

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1 dozen tin shape ornaments from Michaels
1 yard fabric (I choose pink gingham)
1 vintage woman’s fashion magazine
1 handful of your favorite yarn
1 pair scissors,
1 hot glue gun
1 glue stick

What to do:
1. Cover Ornament: With fabric flat on a surface, trace the tin shape onto the fabric. Cut out shape and glue to tin, make sure to cut off excess fabric that may hang over.

2. Yarn Border: Using your glue gun, glue around the boarder of the shape and firmly press yarn outlining the shape. Be careful as the glue will be hot.

3. Cut Out Cheeky Image: Find a fun image and cleanly cut out. I encourage you to find something funny or meaningful.

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4. Glue Image: Take a glue stick and glue the back of the image onto the fabric

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5. Embellish: Attach a mini pom pom or extra yarn to spice it to taste!
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Hang, and enjoy!

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A Jar of Sweets

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I dare you to not smile while looking at these quirky holiday scenes –all happening inside their own glass houses.

The coolest part is that the finishing touch on each scene is lowered down from the jar’s lid. Check them all out and get inspired to go small for the children this holiday.

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A mountain of marshmallows was piled into this large mason jar and a vintage cast-iron skier is attached to the inside of the lid. When the lid is screwed on the jar, the skier magically starts skiing down the mountain. If only he had two ski poles!

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Yarn garland is added to a perfectly pink Christmas tree piled with packages around. Attached to the inside of the lid are even more packages! When the lid is screwed on the jar, the packages are lowered into the scene and one lands on top of the tree for a fun tree topper!

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A Libbie Look-Alike wearing glitter snow boots and a hot pink scarf is carrying packages to a sparkly tree. A mammoth glittery star is attached to the inside of the jar’s lid so when lowered it becomes the star at the top of the tree!
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Nothing is better than two friends getting together for a holiday lunch! A chic wallpaper chandelier is attached to the inside of the jar’s lid so when lowered it makes the perfect light for this barnyard luncheon.