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Make Your Own (Even Better!) Citronella Candles

Keep your party or next backyard BBQ mosquito-free with these DIY Citronella Candles!
DIY Citronella Candles - far more effective than "citronella-scented" candles you can buy at the store.
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
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.
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.)
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).
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).
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.)
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/

Ask the creator about this project

  • Donna H
    Donna H Silver Lake, WI
    on Jun 27, 2014

    Thank you ffor the tips and ideas.

  • Lynn HansenMelvin
    Lynn HansenMelvin Cedar Rapids, IA
    on Jun 27, 2014

    where can you purchase the oils needed?

    • All Things G&D
      All Things G&D Madison, WI
      on Jun 29, 2014

      @Lynn HansenMelvin Hi Lynn! Please click on the link at the bottom of this Hometalk post for more information on the oils I used and a link for purchasing. Thank you!

  • Matana Be
    Matana Be Dyersburg, TN
    on Jun 27, 2014

    I just started making candles and it can be expensive to do so ... but fun @Lynn I'd search local craft/hobby store or online such as ebay/amazon etc.. My question is I see 5 jars and 2 cups of wax .. was that the correct amount to fill all jars?

    • All Things G&D
      All Things G&D Madison, WI
      on Jun 29, 2014

      @Matana Be I found 1 lb of wax flakes yielded about 10z of candle (jar) for me. Hope that helps!

  • Tami Gormady
    Tami Gormady Columbus, GA
    on Jun 27, 2014


  • Liliana Wells
    Liliana Wells Jackson, GA
    on Jun 30, 2014

    This is a great tutorial. Thanks

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