Scented Jack O Lantern Tea Lights made with Oranges!

Create a whole mess of Jack O Lantern Tea Lights with Navel Oranges!  Scented with allspice, they make the whole house smell wonderful!

scented tea lights made with oranges

I’ve never been a huge fan of scary Halloween decorations.  Orange isn’t my favorite color and being scared isn’t my favorite thing.  So, I tend to decorate with fall themed items rather than going the scary-witchy route.  But I really do love the smell of citrus and allspice.  So I found a way to combine the Halloween “scary-ness” with the natural scents of oranges and spice.

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For this project I used:

Navel Oranges (or as my family calls them “belly button oranges”)
Whole Allspice
Tea Light Candles
A Metal Cookie Cutter

jack o lantern tea light made from oranges

scented tea lights made with oranges

Begin by cutting a “lid” from the orange about 3/4″ from the top.

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scented tea lights made with oranges

Scoop out the orange and set aside for making fresh squeezed orange juice.  Take a metal cookie cutter that is smaller than the circumference of the lid and firmly press to cut out a shape in the center of the lid.

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  • Diena Cameron September 18, 2017, 10:08 am

    Oh Suzy, these are the cutest thing i have seen in a very long time. I love anything that makes my house smell like i have been baking for days and what an inexpensive decoration at the same time, BRILLIANT !! Thanks, i just signed up so I will get more of you, can’t wait !!.)

  • Jamie September 25, 2016, 7:45 pm

    Oh goodness, those are adorable! 🙂 Thank you for sharing your post with us at the #HomeMattersParty

  • ERLENE AMAT September 25, 2016, 4:30 am

    Cute idea to scent the house for Halloween. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday. Pinned.

  • Tiana September 17, 2016, 3:10 pm

    Love it! Love it! I don’t do Halloween either and this is such a great idea. I’m headed out for the oranges now.

    • Susan Myers September 18, 2016, 1:50 pm

      Hi Tiana!

      So glad you liked it! Would love to see what you come up with!

  • Claire October 3, 2013, 7:26 pm

    What a wonderful idead! I am definitely going to attempt this. Thank you 🙂

  • Susan In MD October 3, 2013, 1:13 pm

    Definitely doing this! Nothing goes to “waste”!

    Another use for the Jack-O is to let them completely dry and use them as “fire starters” in you fireplace! Smells great.

    Here in Maryland the Baltimore Oriole LOVE oranges. Maybe that’s why they are black and orange! 8]

  • Kittery October 25, 2012, 2:59 am

    I think this is wonderful! I just wanted to share that I have been using coffee beans to scent my candles, much the same way as you used the allspice/and or cloves. I have glass jars that I put candles in, and pour coffee beans around the candle. The scent is incredible – and though I don’t know how well it would pair with a fragrant orange, I just thought it would be something else you could toss in there.

    • Suzy October 25, 2012, 12:17 pm

      Coffee beans is a wonderful idea, and I think it would go well with the orange! Awesome idea!

  • Karah @ thespacebetweenblog September 24, 2012, 3:02 pm

    such a fun idea!!!

  • An October 30, 2011, 6:14 pm

    Oh I love them. I will do this tomorow. Thank's for this Post.

  • Kindra-At Home With K October 25, 2011, 5:14 pm

    I featured your fun jack-o-lanterns on this week's Terrific under Ten!

  • Chris October 23, 2011, 4:10 pm

    Hi Suzy, what a neat idea and I can imagine your home smells really good. Great job. I found and am now following you through My Romantic Home and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  • Gwen @ The Bold Abode October 21, 2011, 12:12 am

    You did NOT just do that…

    Of course you didn't cuz you had to take pictures and then write about it so you could post it…

    That is unequivocally the most creative use of fruit I have ever seen….

  • Felicia @ All Things Fee October 20, 2011, 11:53 pm

    Too cute, and smells good too? I'm in!

  • Kelley @ October 20, 2011, 10:31 pm

    (found ya on a link party)
    love these! im going to have to try them.. you make it look so easy 🙂

  • Morgan October 20, 2011, 3:02 am

    I saw this on Someday Crafts and just had to share it on my blog:

    I can't wait to give these a try. I bet they are easier to gut than pumpkins.

    Thanks Suzy,

    p.s. I hope it is ok I featured you on my blog. I'm new to the blog world and hope I'm not going against a blog etiquette.

  • Kimberly from "bugaboo" October 20, 2011, 2:33 am

    Oh my gosh. Seriously??? Seriously????? This is one of those things that makes me really wish I had thought of it first… 🙂

    I'd love for you to link up to my pumpkin party:

    "Pumpkinspiration Party!

  • Meryl October 19, 2011, 11:01 pm

    I LOVE this idea!!! They'll make great centerpieces on my table. I'm even thinking of adjusting it a bit for Thanksgiving but not sure how. Any ideas?

  • Katie October 19, 2011, 1:34 pm

    This is so cute!!!! 🙂

  • Pattie @ On Hollyhock Farm October 19, 2011, 1:30 pm

    I love this idea! They are so cute and I love having my house smell great so this is going to be in my house. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jen at A Heart Full of Love October 19, 2011, 10:50 am

    I love this idea. I think I might make a couple with the kids!

  • soldes October 19, 2011, 9:50 am

    I worked same work only with pumpkin and apple. Never tried orange, your work is best and I got a new idea to do on this weekend.

  • shopannies October 19, 2011, 2:02 am

    love this idea love the aroma of orange and this is such a cute idea plus would make the whole house smell great come see me at

  • Anonymous October 19, 2011, 12:56 am

    Awesome! We made these with our Pathfinder unit tonight and it was lots of fun!

  • ❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀@ A Lapin Life October 18, 2011, 6:35 pm

    OH wow! Your little Jack O Lanterns are so adorable.


  • Anonymous October 18, 2011, 1:36 pm

    Bellissima idea! E molto piu' facile da eseguire che svuotare una zucca!!

  • kristastitched October 17, 2011, 11:36 pm

    this is beyond cool, i cant wait to try it!

  • Jill October 17, 2011, 9:14 pm

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  • RecycleCindy October 17, 2011, 6:29 pm

    Super cute and I love the idea. I stumbled the post for you on SU. Happy Halloween!

  • AmieAnn October 17, 2011, 5:35 pm

    Sooo adorable.. and what a great idea for a naturally scented candle! Thhanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next! Hope you stop by and enter for a chance to win up to $ 100 in mdf craft goodies @
    I am sure you would do amazing things with them!

  • Natasha in Oz October 17, 2011, 11:36 am

    What a brilliant idea! I will definitely be trying this idea at Christmas time too…I bet it smells very festive!

    Best wishes,

  • Kimberly @ The Brown Eyes Have It October 17, 2011, 12:23 am

    Oh great idea! I can only imagine how yummy your house smells! I'm getting some oranges next time I'm at the store.

  • Rhissanna October 16, 2011, 4:06 am

    Oh, these must smell lovely. I'm so going to try these.

  • Lisa October 15, 2011, 4:45 pm

    i am so in love with these! can't wait to make them with my kiddos!
    thanks and have a great weekend

  • Erin October 15, 2011, 4:10 pm

    So totally cool. I bet they smell wonderful!

  • Sam October 15, 2011, 8:53 am

    I love these – I've made clove studded versions, but never tried to carve them. We'll definitely be giving these a go! 🙂

  • Shabby chic Sandy October 15, 2011, 4:05 am

    Those are adorable–so creative!

  • chris October 15, 2011, 2:31 am

    So clever and fun! I'm sure they smell fantastic.

  • Michelle@Somedaycrafts October 14, 2011, 9:11 pm

    Super cute! I featured these at

  • Jill October 14, 2011, 8:53 pm

    Oh wow Suzy! These are fantastic! So much easier than carving out pumpkins and I can just imagine the gorgeous aroma they create!! Thanks for sharing this!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  • Vivienne @ the V Spot October 14, 2011, 5:27 pm

    This is fab. Pinned, tweeted and stumbled!

  • Screaming Sardine October 14, 2011, 5:07 pm

    OMG, this is just way too cute! How unique, too. TFS.

    Pinning on pinterest. 🙂

    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  • {nifty thrifty things} October 14, 2011, 4:46 pm

    How CUTE!! I love these little jack o lanterns!! 🙂

  • Lynne October 14, 2011, 3:47 pm

    SOOOOO Cute!!

  • Brenda Williams October 14, 2011, 2:54 pm

    Love this idea. Thanks for sharing.

  • Anna@Directions Not Included October 14, 2011, 2:51 pm

    Those must smell so yummy!

  • chillin with Quillin October 14, 2011, 1:50 pm

    what an awsome idea!!!!

  • norene October 14, 2011, 12:03 pm

    They turned out great. I love them!

  • Teddie Seeley October 14, 2011, 10:58 am

    what a wonderful idea, and save the pumpkins for a pie.
    thank you

  • Happier Than a Pig in Mud October 14, 2011, 9:24 am

    Really cute and I'm sure they smell great-enjoy:@)

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