When you’re enjoying time outside the last thing you want to worry about is bugs. Learn how to make a citronella candle. It’s really easy and the great part is you are in control of the color and container your citronella candle is in.
I love candles. I have them throughout the house. In my family room, dining room, entryway, really anywhere I can find a place. In order to finish off the look of our back deck, I needed some candles of course!
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Citronella candles help keep the bugs away and personally I love the citrus scent. To make these candles you’ll need the following supplies:
- Candle wax
- Citronella essential oil
- Container for the candle
- Double boiler
- Free PNG file (you can download that above)
- Cricut or Cameo
I love the look of candles inside a mason jar. Other containers you could use to make your citronella candle are:
- Aluminum can
- An old candle jar with the wax removed
- Glass jar from pasta or salsa
You don’t need to spend any money when it comes to finding a jar to put your candle in. Make sure that the container you use is heat resistant like aluminum or glass.
How to make citronella candle
To make the candle you’ll want to melt down enough wax to fit in your candle jar. You’ll need roughly 3 cups of wax for a 6 oz mason jar as a reference.
While the wax is melting clean your candle jar and make sure there isn’t any oil or water residue. Dry your jar completely because water and wax do not mix and you’ll end up with uneven wax.
One the wax has melted, it’s time to add your essential oil, in this case you’ll be using citronella oil. You’ll want about 50 drops of essential oil for a 6 oz mason jar or pound of wax.
When buying the essential oil for your citronella candle make sure you buy essential oils for candle making.
Before you add the candle wax, you’ll want to add the citronella vinyl cut out to the candle jar.
Stir the essential oil in and slowly pour a small amount of wax into the jar. Add your candlewick and secure it with a wick holder or a wooden skewer.
Fill the jar up with the melted wax until there’s about a 1/2″ room at the top.
Allow the candle to cool. You may need to add more wax to even out the top surface.
Once your citronella candle has cooled completely and you topped off the top (if necessary) trim the top of the wick so there’s a 1/4″ showing at the top.
You’re now ready to burn the citronella candle you just made. This will give you hours of bug free enjoyment!
Frequently asked questions
Do citronella candles really keep mosquitoes away?
Citronella candles have the most effect when the air is calm and not windy. If you’re sitting with this candle burning in a screen room or a very calm evening yes, it should help.
What smells do mosquitoes hate?
Mosquitoes try to avoid scents like orange, lemon, lavender, basil, and catnip. These all produce oils that mosquitoes try to avoid unless they are really hungry.