DIY Lemon Candle: Video and Instructions

Make Your Own Candles

Keeping your home smelling fresh and clean can be a challenge. One of the best ways to bring that just-cleaned feeling back into your house is with these DIY lemon candles. Citrus fruits, like lemons, are widely known to reduce anxiety, enhance alertness, and stimulate a feeling of cleanliness. Just what you need after a busy week or before inviting friends over. A list of needed materials and step-by-step instructions are below!


  • 2 Lemons
  • 1 tsp. Lemon essential oil
  • ½ lb. Wax
  • 4 Wicks (3 inches each)
  • 4 Wick holders
  • Wax paper
  • Double boiler
  • Knife
  • Melon baller
  • Glass cups
  • Wooden stick



Step-by-step Instructions

  1. Slice and Gut Lemons

Make Lemon Candles

On a cutting board, slice the lemons in half from tip to tip. Then, using the melon baller, carve out the pulp inside leaving behind a bowl-like shell. Cut as many lemons as you have wax, but for the proportions listed above, a ½ pound of wax should make 3-4 candles (or 2 lemons).


  1. Melt Wax and Add Essential Oil

Melt Candle Wax

Next, comes the candle wax. Place the wax in a double boiler and heat to 180 degrees Fahrenheit until melted. Measure approximately one teaspoon of lemon essential oil to add to the melted wax. Stir until well-mixed.


  1. Attach Wick and Pour Melted Wax

Pour Wax in Lemon

Cut 3 inches of wick from the spool and thread it through the wick holder. Once threaded, anchor the wick holder to the inside of the lemon and place on a sheet of wax paper. In order to keep the wick upright during the next step, use two glass cups and a wooden stick (shish kabob skewers work great) to drape the wick over and hold it in place. Then take the melted candle wax and carefully pour in each of the gutted lemons.


  1. Let Dry, Cut Wick and Enjoy!

Final Result

The drying process will take about 4 hours so use this time to clean, organizing and relax. After the candles have solidified, cut the wick about a half inch above the level of the wax. Light the wick and enjoy the clean, citrus aroma filling your home!