Make Your Own Citronella Candle

Make Your Own Citronella Candle

Make Your Own Citronella Candle

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by MoneySavingQueen.com

MoneySavingQueen

Posted on June 2, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 2 at 3:01 PM

Our backyard is like an insect vacation spot apparently. We can hardly go out there without getting attacked. I have a plan though, I am going to survive by getting rid of those pesky bugs naturally. One way to do that is by making my own citronella candles. I first read about this idea on Positively Splendid, I love how she frosted the jars and made them extra decorative, be sure to check out her website for those details.

Today, I'm going to show off my homemade citronella candles and teach you how to make them too!

{Make Your Own Citronella Candle}

Ingredients:

Candle Wax (You can use soy wax too but I just used plain candle wax from Hobby Lobby)

Long Candle Wicks

Citronella Essential Oil (NOT fragrance oil-get essential oils at a health food store)

Any glass jars or old candle containers

Directions: First, position your wick in the jar you are going to use. You can hot glue the wick to the bottom of the jar if you'd like. I used a pencil to keep the wick straight at the top. You can see in the picture below how the wick stays up while I poured in the wax. All you need to do for step one though is secure the wick to the bottom and wrap it around a pencil.

Next, melt the wax in a double boiler. I simply used a pot of boiling water and placed one of my mixing bowls on top of that (inside the pot with room for it to breathe) and melted the wax that way.

Keep stirring constantly, the wax will melt quickly. Once melted, add in your essential oils. You'll only need about 5 drops or so of Citronella. You do control the scent though so if you feel that you need more then you can add it.

Positively Splendid mentioned in her post that she colors the candle by throwing in broken pieces of crayon!! How cool is that? I threw in yellow and it came out great. Just stir until completely melted.

Once all the wax, color and scent have been mixed and melted, simply pour into your prepared jar or container. It will need to sit awhile to cool and harden up again. It will end up looking like this candle below:

How easy is that? Positively Splendid also mentioned you can make any scented candle this way too so if you want to skip citronella and do another oil, you can do it!

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