Halloween Table Decorating With Luminaries Made Out Of Oranges

An orange peel turned into a luminary with a candle inside of it.
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  • one orange
  • a small knife
  • a tea light candle (either a real candle or an LED tea light candle)
  • lighter or matches (if you use a real candle)


  1. Gather all the things you need for this tutorial.
  2. Create a horizontal cut around the orange by running a knife around the upper one-third portion of the orange.
  3. Gently remove the orange peel making sure to preserve the shape of the peel since this will be used for this tutorial. We do not need the fruit, so you can set it aside to eat.
  4. Cut a hole out of the top of the orange peel.
  5. Cut out a design around the edges of the hole. In the orange in the photo, we created small triangle spikes. This upper part of the peel will serve as the cover of the luminary. The bottom section of the bottom orange peel will house the tea light candle.
  6. Cut out more designs on the orange peel cover. The design of the cover will enhance the overall aesthetics of the luminary once the tea light candle is placed inside the orange peel.
  7. Place the bottom of the orange peel where you want the luminary to be since moving it once the candle is inside of it is a bad idea.
  8. Place the candle on the bottom of the orange peel. Light the candle with a lighter unless you are using an LED tea light candle, in which case you would just turn it on. Using a kitchen lighter is safer than a typical lighter for this luminary.
  9. Place the orange peel cover on top of the orange peel body. Take your time and be careful when you do this since there is a possibility that the orange peel lining might get burned if the flame touches it and the overall look of the orange luminary would be ruined.
  10. Sit back and enjoy your orange luminary.


Caution: Be careful if you use a real candle. Be sure to extinguish the flame if you leave the room and be sure to sit it someplace out of reach of children and pets.

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