How To: Decorate with Orange Rind Votives

We've blogged about Beekman 1802 before, a great blog dedicated to natural, seasonal stylish living. Since oranges are in season, I thought we'd share a quick tip from their blog on creating Orange Rind Votives ...

While the coloring might be appropriate for Halloween, the orange votive is sure to dress up a summer dinner party as well, since they're more apt to be in season. The steps are simple and the result impressive.

Following the steps on Beekman 1802's Blog, simply do the following:

  1. Cut the orange through the middle. Make sure to use a sharp knife since you'll be putting them back together when you're done.
  2. Use a knife to separate the edible part of the orange from the rind, and then follow up with a spoon to remove the inside (use it for juice or eat right away!).
  3. Cut a hole in the top to allow for incoming oxygen and escaping smoke. The authors use a small, round biscuit cutter which looks great. They suggest trying stars or other cookie cutter shapes depending on the occasion.
  4. Place a votive in the bottom half and rejoin the two halves. And there you have it! Naturally orange scented votives. The author also decorates the crown of the orange with whole cloves, although they were using it for Christmas decorations.

Checkout Beekman 1802 for complete instructions.

Photos and ideas from Beekman 1802.