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Make Your Own (Even Better!) Citronella Candles

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Keep your party or next backyard BBQ mosquito-free with these DIY Citronella Candles!
  • make your own even better citronella candles, crafts, mason jars, outdoor living
DIY Citronella Candles - far more effective than "citronella-scented" candles you can buy at the store.
  • make your own even better citronella candles, crafts, mason jars, outdoor living
Supplies:
Candle Wax
Candle Wicks
Glass jars
Young Living Citronella Essential Oil
Young Living Purification Essential Oil
Double boiler or pot and glass measuring cup
Woodsies Craft Sticks
Tape
Super Glue
I repurposed glass spice jars for this project, but you could clean out and use glass containers from old candles or Mason jars. Make sure your jars are clean and completely dry before you begin.
  • make your own even better citronella candles, crafts, mason jars, outdoor living
Super glue wick to the bottom of the glass jar and secure top between two craft sticks to keep it in place. (Click on link at bottom for more photos and details.)
  • make your own even better citronella candles, crafts, mason jars, outdoor living
Melt wax flakes in a double boiler or saucepan filled with water and flakes in a Pyrex cup. Bring water to a boil and then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until wax is melted. Then stir in 10-15 drops of Young Living Citronella Essential Oil and 5-8 drops of Young Living Purification Essential Oil per 2 cups of wax flakes (which melts to 1 cup of wax).
  • make your own even better citronella candles, crafts, mason jars, outdoor living
Once your wax is melted and the oils are stirred in, use a hot pad to remove your candle jars from the oven and your Pyrex from the sauce pan. Carefully pour the wax into your candle jars, filling them up to the lip of the jar. Ensure that your wick is still centered after your pour (adjust as needed by gently moving the sticks).
  • make your own even better citronella candles, crafts, mason jars, outdoor living
Cool your candles on a cooling rack. This might take a while depending on how large your candles are. (Click on link at bottom for more photos and details.)
  • make your own even better citronella candles, crafts, mason jars, outdoor living
Once your candles are cooled, trim the wick to 1/4″ – 1/2″, light ‘em up, and watch those annoying, bloodthirsty mosquitos flee your backyard! (Apologies to your neighbors.)

To see more: http://www.allthingsgd.com/2014/06/make-your-own-even-better-citronella-candles/

Got a question about this project?

  • Kim Smith
    Kim Smith Bellbrook, OH

    This is so great! I would love to have "made to order" citronella candles. Don't like the big ones because they get so disgusting before you have used them much. I want a little one I can dispose of in a week and not feel wasteful!

  • Kokocurt

    You mentioned pulling the glass jars out if the oven - I didn't see that step explained...

  • Mary Coakley
    Mary Coakley Ireland

    Lovely I do not like the scent of citronella and wanted to know how to make candles,thank you you have made my day.

  • Ginny Lawton
    Ginny Lawton Montclair, CA

    would those cute little ball canning jars work well?

  • Jennifer Anne Woods

    These would be great for camping, especially in canning jars. The lids would also act as snuffers, provide nighttime light, and keep the skeeters away! Do you know if this would be equally as effective with soy-based candles, instead of beeswax-based

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