Make Your Own (Even Better!) Citronella Candles


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.)
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  • Jennifer Anne Woods
    on Jan 4, 2017

    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 ones? I've noticed soy lasts longer, and doesn't give off that acrid black smoke that wax candles do when they've been burning a few hours.

    • Cindy
      on Aug 7, 2017

      Soy wax is actually better at holding scent than other waxes. I am a former candle maker and sold at craft fairs for many years. Make sure that when you burn you candle for the first time, you burn the wax on top so that it is melted all the way to the diameter of the jar. If you don't you will have a difficult time getting your wax to burn evenly to the bottom of the jar. Wax has a memory and will only burn as far as the first burn allowed. IF you don't do this you will have a lot of wax wasted that won't burn. However you can always remelt the remaining wax and add to it to fill the jar again and however you need to insert a new wick as well so you have one that goes all the way to the top of the jar to create a new burn. Be sure to trim spent wick off to eliminate sputtering and jumping flames. Will also keep you wax clean too and no excess debri on top of wax. Candle making is not as easy at it seems. I had to learn so I did not sell an inferior product and we had LOTS of repeat customers who loved out products.

  • Joanna Sun
    on May 4, 2018

    Haven't try to handmade citronella candle before. This is just what i am looking for. Thanks for posting.

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