Orange Rind Luminaries

If you want a little of the October feel but aren't so into the pumpkin, these orange rind luminaries are a great alternative to the ubiquitous fall decor.

Best of all, they're easy to make and they're a fun way to style a fall season gathering.

First, draw a line two-thirds up from the bottom of your orange then cut in half along the line you've created.

Scoop out the flesh.

Take the top one-third of the orange and use a cookie cutter to make a hole in the top. I used a half-inch diameter cookie cutter for this, but you could also cut it out manually.

On both halves of the orange, remove the inner pith of the rind with a carving tool, making sure not to carve all the way through the skin. Create a fun design on both the top and bottom that will glow through once lit.

Light the tea candle and cover with the top third of the orange.

I love the soft glow of these natural luminaries on a cool autumn evening. And they release the most subtle scent of fresh citrus as they burn. 

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