How to Make DIY Citronella Candles That Repel Mosquitoes

Julien K., Hometalk Team
by Julien K., Hometalk Team
7 Materials
1 Hour

When I think of summer, I think of entertaining on my deck or patio. I just love eating outside in the warm breeze, don't you?

One thing I dislike about it though, are all of those pesky mosquitoes buzzing around ruining my lovely evening! It was time to do something about it!

These DIY citronella candles do the trick and keep the pests away while looking pretty too! These were a blast to create, so be sure to have fun with the process.

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Supplies for the DIY project

Tools and materials:

Applying hot glue to the base of the candle wick

1. Glue the wick

Apply hot glue to the base of your candle wick.

Inserting the candle wick

2. Insert the wick

Insert the candle wick into the center of the glass votive. Adhere the hot glue to the base.

Wrapping the wick around a pencil

3. Wrap the wick

Wrap the extra length of the wick around a pencil. Rest the pencil along the edge of the glass. This will keep it in place before you pour in your hot wax.

Melting the soy wax in a pot

4. Melt the soy wax

Melt your soy wax (according to package directions) in a large pot. Be sure to use a pot that is solely for candle-making. Stir as it melts.

Adding drops of citronella oil

5. Add citronella oil

Once the wax has melted completely, allow it to cool slightly. Add drops of citronella essential oil to the melted wax.

*The rule is 50 drops per 1 cup of unmelted wax chips to keep mosquitoes away.

Pouring the wax into the glass

6. Pour the wax

Pour your candle wax into the glass votive. Fill it 1/4 to 1/2 full.

DIY citronella candle

7. Leave to cool

Let the wax cool and harden for approximately 2 hours.

Trimming the wick

8. Trim the wick

Trim the wick to 1/4" long with scissors.

Cutting the balloon

9. Add the balloon

Cut the neck off of a standard-size vinyl balloon.

Cutting balloons for the DIY

Cut a small amount of the tip off of the other end of the balloon.

Stretching the balloon over the glass

Stretch and slide the balloon onto the bottom half of the glass. This can be tricky, and takes a little patience to get it just right!

Remember, it's not meant to be perfectly straight. A part of the fun is it to be on an angle, off-kilter, etc. Think playful!

DIY citronella candle

DIY citronella candles for repelling mosquitoes

DIY citronella candles for repelling mosquitoes

Just TRY to get me now mosquitoes! The final product is both fun and functional - two of my favorite things. Now, grab your balloons and give it a try for yourself.

How to Keep Mosquitoes Away For Good

For more information about getting rid of these pesky critters using DIY hacks and natural methods, check out our guide on how to keep mosquitoes away without using harmful chemicals.

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  • Cher Cher on Jun 04, 2023

    These are so cute, and such a great idea. My only issue with this would be that I have a pool...and we allow absolutely no glass in or around the pool, as it would be impossible to remove it all if it were broken! Do you have any nonbreakable options for the candles holders?

  • G G on Jun 06, 2023

    Where do you get the citronella oil

  • Maryjane Maryjane on Jun 06, 2023

    What is the balloon for?

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