Pinterest Debunked: We Put the Most Popular DIY to the Test
Anyone who has trolled the endless river that is Pinterest should be familiar with the clementine candle, of Apartment Therapy fame. It’s one of the most popular pins of all time and has caused many to wonder: Is it worth it? See below for instructions and our final assessment of whether this DIY is all it’s pinned up to be.
• Olive oil
• Matches or lighter
Cut a line around the width of the clementine, only going skin deep.
Peel the skin off in two halves, keeping them completely intact (and without holes). Work slowly on the bottom half, as you need to keep the center stem attached (this will act as the wick).
Cut a star shape opening out of the top half.
Fill the bottom half (the one with the wick) with olive oil. Make sure you get the wick covered with oil, as this will make it light.
Light the wick! It may take a while to catch so we suggest using a lighter instead of matches.
Put the top on the oil-filled bottom and let it burn, baby.
Although we had images in our mind of torn clementine peels and the wreckage of a mini oil spill, this DIY actually turned out to be as easy as prescribed. It filled the room with a citrus scent that was undeniably pleasant. However, we soon realized after lighting the wick that the scent merely came from peeling the fruit. The actual smell of burning olive oil in a clementine isn’t the most savory, so give essential oils a shot. Otherwise, unless you’re looking for a party trick at a clementine convention, we’d recommend just lighting a normal candle.
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